Oak Ridge development to be topic at Lunch with the League

On Tuesday, March 15th, Wayne Blasius, the city of Oak Ridge’s Community Development Director will provide an update on Downtown Main Street development as he will join members of The League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge Lunch with the League. Because of its unique development as a community to support the Manhattan Project, the City of Oak Ridge lacked a central downtown.

In the fall of 2019, the City prepared a vision for a new city center which included zoning changes, property acquisition, and soliciting development. With zoning changes and property acquisition in place, on August 6, 2021, the Oak Ridge Land Bank held its “Toast the Town” event to hear the formal announcement of the call for development. Two excellent proposals were received in response to
the RFP and will be considered for approval by the Land Bank Board at their business meeting, on March 15th at 5:30 pm.

The presentations are open to League members and nonmembers alike. Members and regular attendees will automatically receive a link to the live presentation and be notified by email of changes, as well as given information about upcoming programs. Guests are welcome to participate. Non-members may request the link by contacting Mary Ann Reeves (maryannreeves1@att.net). A few days after the event, attendees may view the recorded session on the League’s website https://my.lwv.org/tennessee/oakridge.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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