New Maryville greenway area marks a action ahead for ‘Greenway Village’ challenge | News

The new stretch of greenway in Maryville’s metropolis heart is a lot more than just a various route for runners and walkers: It is the first part of a person man’s vision to mould the area’s economic and communal foreseeable future.

Area property operator James Tomiczek is collaborating with city leaders and organization owners to convey a village-fashion collection of stores and residences to land amongst Gamble Avenue and West Lamar Alexander Parkway.

He’s contacting it a “Greenway Village” and the eyesight is a laid-back space for shopping, taking in and dwelling ideal alongside a stretch of tree-lined greenway.

Crews not too long ago built substantial headway on that new greenway, which offers pedestrians a new route overlooking Jack Green Park, earlier the previous Kizer & Black legislation places of work and eventually in excess of the parkway at Montvale Road.

Now Tomiczek — who stated he envisioned the village undertaking in 2019 — is seeing his idea for a quaint assortment of neighborhood-oriented enterprises appear to existence.

He’s in no hurry to complete the project, but stated numerous enterprises and persons have currently acquired current structures and he thinks it will only take 4 to five yrs to complete.

It is a variety of enthusiasm job for Tomiczek, and not just mainly because it is practically actually in his front lawn.

He explained in an job interview Tuesday he required to build on the neighborhood of togetherness previously existing in Maryville.

“I want (the village) to grow to be a hub of conversation among the the inhabitants of Maryville,” he stated, searching about the new portion of greenway in front of his residence when his pet stood on the porch at the rear of him. “The greenway is a perfect start to that. I want a whole lot of energy, exercise, conversing. I’d like to see a lot more places to eat and bars wherever you see men and women seated outside and sharing conversation.”

That is why he’s concentrated generally on bringing smaller eateries and townhouses into the village, ideal alongside the new greenway.

Tomiczek was cautious to attract a line amongst the East/West Broadway downtown location and what he wishes to obtain south of Gamble Avenue.

“I grew up in Pittsburgh,” he spelled out. “And in Pittsburgh you have downtown and you had all these scaled-down sub-downtown regions. They all had their minimal corner bar and usefulness keep. So, you had these communities that surrounded the most important downtown. Greenway Village kind of serves that kind of intent.”

But Tomiczek is even now on the lookout to make a actual physical connection to Maryville’s regular downtown. He’s obtained acreage in the space that could allow for even far more greenway connecting the village to West Church Avenue.

That way, he spelled out, men and women can park at the municipal parking garage and be within walking length of the village.

A lot of a lot in the village project’s footprint by now have marketed.

At least 7 are continue to accessible.

And a couple of currently have opened for company, prominently Southern Grace Coffee on Tedford Road whose owner Tomiczek claimed also ordered and has programs for the aged Kizer & Black legislation offices.

The vacant heaps for sale are the hill he has to climb now and he reported even though he’s delighted the coffeehouse and Diamondjack Wine Bar by now moved into current properties, he’s partially open to solutions.

“I do have a experience in mind, even though,” he mentioned. “It’s form of tough to describe. It’s like when I go to another city. My wife and I like to family vacation in modest sites the place we can wander downtown, go to a bar and get a consume.

“We want to recreate that experience.”

He claimed Rosemary Seaside — a community in Walton County, Florida, on the Gulf of Mexico — is one particular of his most important inspirations for the village.

He does not want to rush the procedure of bringing his vision to lifetime, specifically as he’s included in creating far more than 20 other townhouses somewhere else close to the city’s center.

But Tomiczek, whose working day position is place of work lead at a Knoxville civil and environmental organization, explained he’s energized to aid his community grow. A person working day, when he retires, he reported the aspiration would be to individual a business a stroll absent from his residence — which applied to be his office.

“My program is to have sufficient of the buildings and lease them out and then have my very own small business,” he said. “That way I could wake up, swing in excess of to the coffee shop, swing by the enterprises I personal, talk to persons. It appears to be like these types of a good, peaceful way to are living.”

With the new greenway close to completion, that way of residing is nearer than at any time for Tomiczek, who said he was grateful leaders, engineers, planners and general public functions workforce with the city of Maryville — like Kevin Stoltenberg, Angie Luckie, Greg McClain and Jordan Clark — keep on to get the job done with him to reach the village vision.

With housing and small business marketplaces that continue to growth in Blount County even through the warmth of COVID-19, Tomiczek said the upcoming for anyone who enjoys the city’s downtown appears to be shiny.

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