Relations strained in Clarksville redevelopment project, report suggests

Clarksville, Tenn.
A view of downtown Clarksville, Tenn., on Nov. 9, 2012. (Photo by Todd DeFeo/The DeFeo Groupe)

A downtown redevelopment project in Clarksville, Tenn., is straining relations among the many government and private parties involved, according to a news report.

At issue is the strategy for redeveloping the downtown area. According to a report in The Leaf-Chronicle newspaper:

The most visible features of the current downtown recovery effort include such punchlist items as city sidewalk, greenway and Upland Trail construction over to Valleybrook Park, a project that’s getting a $1 million makeover through a state grant. All of this is intended to help make downtown a more-walkable community from end to end.

Then, there is the county-led civic plaza that’s starting to take shape and is hoped by many to become a signature piece of the downtown revitalization puzzle. Its features, if successful, could be a “game changer.”

Considering this and more, there are those who say the “stars are aligning” for a long-awaited recovery that can help not only the historic central business district economically and culturally, but all of Clarksville-Montgomery County and the region.

Clarksville, which sits on the Tennessee-Kentucky line, is Tennessee’s fifth-largest city and is best known as the home of Fort Campbell, Ky. The city for years has studied how to revitalize the downtown area, which is home to several attractions, most notably the Customs House Museum.

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