Oak Ridge Land Bank Issues Request for Qualifications for Downtown Development

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (March 6, 2024) – The Oak Ridge Land Bank (ORLB) has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to develop Downtown Oak Ridge.

The ORLB is interested in selling developable parcels to foster construction of the most desirable project and to serve as a catalyst for continued development.

“The intention is to create an intense, active, diverse, walkable and unique urban, mixed-use district,” Planning & Development Director Wayne Blasius said.

Oak Ridge was born during the Manhattan Project without a centralized, mixed-use downtown. Over the decades, multiple plans have called for creating such a place – where Oak Ridgers can live, work and play.

The Wilson Street corridor, bordering Main Street shopping near the new American Museum of Science & Energy (AMSE) location and easily accessible from Oak Ridge Turnpike and A.K. Bissell Park, provides a great opportunity to finally have a distinctive, uniquely Oak Ridge place for people to gather.

“The existence of a more urban environment, featuring apartments, condos, restaurants, local shops, offices and beautiful green space, will attract new and different businesses and people to Oak Ridge,” Blasius said.

Submittals must comply with requirements of the D-1 zoning district and will be evaluated for public benefit based on considerations listed in the RFQ. All submittals are due no later than 3 p.m. on Friday, May 3, 2024.

For more information and to view the RFQ, visit OakRidgeTN.gov/downtown. To contact the Planning & Development Department, call (865) 425-3531 or email landbank@oakridgetn.gov.

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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