Model Mill Renovation
The IEDC award winning adaptive reuse of the former General Mills Model Mill has been renovated by Summers-Taylor as its corporate headquarters, while also offering space for Crumb Bakeshop, Baker Donelson law, East Tennessee State University Alumni offices, and others. The estimated $23 million project completed phase one, while phase two remains in the design phase. The link here provides before and after images https://www.facebook.com/ModelMill/
This multi building project encompasses several former department stores. The 1st phase of this mixed-use project includes 2,400 sf of retail space at 323 E. Main St., and 5,000 sf of retail/office space plus 5 multi-family units with on-site parking at 319 E. Main St. These properties will be available for pre-leasing immediately. The 2nd phase of construction will include 15,000 sf of retail space, as well as over 20 multi-family residential units with on-site parking between the remaining 2 properties, 309 & 313 E. Main Street.
Designed as a flood mitigation project that would also serve the community, the green space project daylighted two creeks and allowed this wide 3 acre open urban space to serve as the heart of activity adjacent to the Johnson City Public Library and the natural play area. Families will find that the play area integrates artwork, interactive musical features, a book trail, and custom metal artwork railings. Johnson City’s Sesquicentennial events expanded the park by offering lighted art structures, history timelines, and more.
Walnut Street Redevelopment Plan
In 2016, the Johnson City Planning Urban and Regional Planning Commission formed a Task Force of business owners and community members to examine the West Walnut Street area, its connections to downtown, and linkages to adjacent East Tennessee State University. A Master Plan was developed in 2018, which can be viewed here https://www.johnsoncitytn.org/westwalnutplan/ Walnut Street remains under reconstruction as the civil infrastructure is being replaced and fiber optic cable is being run throughout to serve the redevelopment with 10 Gig symmentric speed broadband. Redevelopment will open numerous business and residentail opportunities throughout downtown and West Walnut Street. A brief overview of the project may be viewed via YouTube: https://youtu.be/laBDBzi_Jws