Original post July 19: Word on the street is that a new 150-unit apartment complex is under consideration for a parking lot at the corner of Patton and Clingman avenues. The location serves as a gateway into downtown; it essentially marks the western beginning/ending of the Patton Avenue artery. Folks on Interstate 240 can exit the highway here and hit this intersection.
Delray Ventures is the developer. initial plans call for a four-story building with parking on the location, from what I’ve heard. Again, these are all early plans under consideration. There’s an informational meeting coming up for property owners in the neighborhood.
There hasn’t been much new development on this end of Patton Avenue in recent years, although that’s starting to change. Construction work to improve and expand the Western Carolina Rescue Ministries has been underway for several years right across the street from the proposed new apartment complex. And just up the street, there’s talk about building two 15-story hotel towers.