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Preservation group shows interest in Harriman area

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The interest was quite strong during a recent visit from the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance Group as its members toured downtown Harriman and the Cornstalk Heights area of the city.

The group, made up of preservationists, real estate developers and Knoxville city officials, walked Roane Street admiring the architecture of the historic buildings.

Of particularly interested was the Annex Building (corner property at Queen Street) and the Tennessee Hardware building next to the Annex building.

Both buildings are for sale as part of the Prospect 14 Tour.

The Prospect 14 Tour was the city’s kick-off event in June to help promote the sale of the 14 properties left vacant when Roane Medical Center moved its facility to the Midtown area.

Three of the Prospect 14 buildings have been sold, and sales are pending on two others.

ETPA complimented city leaders on their foresight in putting into place things that would help facilitate getting developers to invest in Harriman and for their preservation efforts of the Temperance Building.

“From the outdoor music to marketing the vacant buildings downtown, Harriman is making great strides toward revitalization,’ said Ethiel Garlington, director of preservation field services for Knox Heritage and the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance.

“These efforts build on the momentum from the stunning restoration of the Princess Theatre,” she continued. “Harriman's leaders have positioned the town for more progress and the representatives from Knoxville were impressed with the city's ongoing efforts to make downtown Harriman a thriving destination and a model for economic development.”

Harriman Mayor Chris Mason led the tour.

He was accompanied by Dina Jackson, marketing coordinator, and Bear Tidwell, who is responsible for maintaining the city properties, as well as Harriman City Council members Buddy Holley and Lonnie Wright.

Mason explained some of the challenges and progress the city has seen and have been able to overcome in its endeavor to revitalize.

“We are seeing the fruits of our labor and will continue to move forward,” he said. “It is a work in progress, and we are now getting the attention Harriman so deserves.”

East Tennessee Preservation Alliance partners with community leaders, organizations, and businesses across the region to find preservation solutions for the endangered properties and encourage the communities across the region to join in efforts to save our endangered heritage.