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Concord touts new street signs

Residents of Old Concord hope their new street signs entice visitors and give more notice to the village’s historic zoning.

“Aren’t they beautiful? We all love them,” said Carole Montgomery, a Concord resident and representative on Knoxville/Knox County Historic Zoning Commission.

“We have a historic overlay and have had it for a number of years, and we thought it would be nice to let people know. But we didn’t have many road signs — they’d sort of gone missing or been knocked down or who knows what,” Montgomery said of the impetus to design and install the new street signs.

The brown signs, pictured right, feature the street names and a decorative panel with artwork by Concord resident Jean Me Ferguson.

“The topper, which is a little drawing of Lakeside Drive, was done by one of the people living in our community, Jean Me Ferguson,” Montgomery said.

“She has been working with getting this done through Knox County ... and our president of Old Concord Resident’s Association, Carol Russell, has done an amazing job of following up and keeping the ball rolling,” she added.

Old Concord received its historic neighborhood designation a few years ago after nearly 18 years of campaigning and work, according to Montgomery.

The historic overlay encompasses much of the historic village.

“I think since we’ve had the historic zoning, I’m sure the property prices are up, but people have just made such an effort to keep up their place.

“I think the area is really looking good and has come up,” Montgomery said.

The historic overlay helps preserve historic homes and structures, including the Lakeside Drive churches and other building fronts.


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