Oak Ridge officials will consider a proposal on Thursday that would allow apartments to be built on the former American Museum of Science and Energy property on South Tulane Avenue.
Oak Ridge Today reported in November that the apartment complex could include 217 units in seven three-story buildings on the northern side of the former AMSE site. They would be built on about 10 acres where the former museum building and its big parking lot are now, just south of the Oak Ridge Municipal Building.
AMSE has moved across the street to Main Street Oak Ridge, the roughly 58-acre redevelopment of the former Oak Ridge Mall.
The rezoning and planned unit development, or PUD, have been requested by TN Oak Ridge Illinois LLC and Mainstreet Capital Partners LLC. A total of roughly 11 acres would be included in the rezoning, including about 10 acres for the PUD.
The 217 units and amenities would be built on about eight acres. A second phase of the PUD could include either residential or mixed uses with residential, retail, and office.
The rezoning and PUD will be considered by the Oak Ridge Municipal Planning Commission on Thursday. That meeting is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. December 20 in the Oak Ridge Municipal Building Courtroom at 200 South Tulane Avenue.
“The proposed PUD development will enhance the use and enjoyment of other land in close proximity,” Oak Ridge Community Development said in a December 14 memo to planning commissioners. “Adding residential use will support nearby businesses and generally increase activity and interest in the area. Further, the proposed development will complement the expanding Main Street development to the east.”
Part of the southern portion of the 17.47-acre AMSE site has already been rezoned (in December 2017) and developed, and a Tire Discounters store has been built there.
The AMSE property was once owned by the U.S. Department of Energy, but it was transferred to the City of Oak Ridge and then to a private developer as part of an agreement signed in December 2016 and related to the relocation of AMSE and the Main Street Oak Ridge development.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
See the Thursday night Planning Commission agenda here.
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