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Restoration of the Historic Pickle Mansion

Restoration of the Historic Pickle Mansion in KnoxvilleIn case you do not have access to read the full article, here is the Knoxville News Sentinel‘s coverage on the start of the restoration of the Pickle Mansion in the Historic Fort Sanders Neighborhood. It is welcomed news, indeed!

Pickle Mansion restoration started
Developer starts with stabilization

By Josh Flory

Saturday, April 26, 2014

One of Knoxville’s most challenging redevelopment projects has gotten underway.

Jon Clark and Ron Turner are working to rescue the Pickle Mansion, a crumbling residence at 1633 Clinch Ave. that was built in 1889 and severely damaged by a fire in 2002.

On Tuesday, a construction crew began work on the building, although the initial phase will focus only on debris removal and stabilizing the structure.

Clark said workers are starting at the top of the building and working their way down, removing material that’s in danger of falling. He said the foundation and a significant portion of the walls are still in good shape, but that it took longer than expected to work through the financial details.

“It’s just a complicated project,” he added.

Clark’s firm last year rehabbed the Brighton Apartments building, located behind the Pickle on Laurel Avenue, and he’s also leading a redevelopment of the John H. Daniel Building on Jackson Avenue, which will eventually be converted to apartments and retail space.

Clark is also planning to create apartments in the Pickle Mansion, but said that since work began this week he’s been contacted by a group of local people who are interested in maintaining public access to the building, possibly by including an events center of some kind.

The developer said he’s willing to consider alternative plans: “My goal is to preserve the structure,” he said.

Financing for the project was provided by First Century Bank, of Tazewell, Tenn., and Clark estimated the total cost of the project at $1.4 million to $1.6 million.

Kim Trent, of preservation group Knox Heritage, said the effort is a gift to the community.

“We’re thrilled about it, that they were able to unravel a really complicated financing package for a highly significant building,” she said.

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