Emerald Youth Foundation's Lonsdale proposal is scheduled to go before Knoxville City Council at its October 24 meeting. Pending City Council approval, the land will be purchased and developed into an approximately $8 million-dollar multipurpose facility generously funded by the personal foundations of Elisabeth and Bill Sansom and Dee and Jimmy Haslam. In addition to purchasing the land itself, each family foundation will contribute roughly half the construction costs. The property will then be leased to Emerald Youth for $1 a year. Both families have existing relationships with Emerald Youth Foundation and are excited about the long-term investment in the Lonsdale neighborhood. Read the full release.
Knox County Commission unanimously voted 11-0 to approve “…a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Knoxville to transfer a portion of the Sam E. Hill School property located at 1725 Delaware Avenue to the City of Knoxville for the development of the property into a multi-purpose recreation, art, and education facility for the children and youth of Lonsdale and the greater Knoxville community.”
A neighborhood fun day was held for Lonsdale residents at Sam E. Hill Park, and Emerald Youth Foundation representatives were available to hear from community members about the proposal.
Emerald Youth Foundation at the Lonsdale International Market
Emerald Youth representatives attended the Lonsdale International Food and Crafts Market at Lonsdale Park to provide information about the proposal and listen to residents’ feedback.
At the conclusion of Vacation Bible School hosted annually by Lonsdale churches, Emerald Youth’s Kevin DuBose spoke to community members and sought their feedback.
Bridge Refugee Services celebrated World Refugee Day, and Emerald Youth representatives participated in Bridge’s annual event to share about what Emerald offers refugees who have resettled in Knoxville, including many who live in Lonsdale.
In a 7-1 vote, the Board of Education approved a resolution to surplus property next to Sam E. Hill Family Community Center to Knox County.