KNOXVILLE, TN - The City of Knoxville is experimenting with a one-year pilot program for food trucks and it released its plans to the public Tuesday afternoon.
- LOCUST AND CUMBERLAND
- MAIN AND LOCUST
- W. CHURCH AND STATE
- 300 SOUTH GAY
- 200 SOUTH GAY
- 300 DEPOT
- 200 EAST JACKSON
The plans, which are partly based on a similar program in Nashville, will allow food trucks to legally operate in public and certain private spaces while also abiding by city codes.
In order to adhere to the plan:
- Vendors will need to pay a $500 application fee for a permit;
- Food trucks will be able to operate in marked spaces along downtown streets;
- They will be able to operate in private parking lots, with the permission of the property owner;
- They will not be able to operate in residential zones.
Knoxville Business Liaison Patricia Robledo said seven marked zones downtown will be open to food trucks. Each will be open at a different time, ranging anywhere from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. the next day. She said she believes the first food trucks may hit downtown in early April.
“What’s neat about the program is that we’ll be able to evaluate it and make changes to it in a timely basis,” Robledo said.
She added the city took into consideration traffic, safety and visibility when it determined where the zones should be located.
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