Architectural drawings are reviewed by city’s Taylor’s Spring committee

JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
Posted 3/2/16

Detailed drawings for ramps at Taylor’s Spring Park were presented to the Taylor’s Spring committee Tuesday.

The architectural sketches dealing with elevations at the site were presented …

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Architectural drawings are reviewed by city’s Taylor’s Spring committee

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Detailed drawings for ramps at Taylor’s Spring Park were presented to the Taylor’s Spring committee Tuesday.

The architectural sketches dealing with elevations at the site were presented by Ben Berry of Berry Construction.

Ramps at the site will go from First Street down to the spring area. Since digging for posts at the site could accidentally redirect the spring, the design calls for the supports to be put on top of the dirt. The ramps will be reinforced with footers on each side.

The design would make the historic site accessible to those who have difficulties with stairs. The technical drawings work off of designs provided by the University of Tennessee Smart Communities Initiative team.

Plans also include an historic replica of a spring house, which would have been used to keep food cold. Committee member and local businessman Allan Jones said it would be good to have the spring flowing under the house, just as it would have in Andrew Taylor’s day.

Taylor’s Spring has been cited as the key reason people settled in this area. Back when Cleveland was still Cherokee country, Andrew Taylor owned the spring. Taylor was not Cherokee, but his wife was.

A drainage pipe for a ditch toward the back of the property is also in the works.

Berry said the ditch floods when it rains, but is usually dry in nice weather.

Access to the site for construction purposes is a challenge because the city does not own the land on three sides of the lot. Committee member Tommy Myers, public works director, and contractor Dee Burris said this was “a major problem.” The committee is in talks with adjacent landowners to work out a solution.

An archeology dig was conducted at the site by Lee University anthropology professor Dr. Richard Jones and his team.

“I was really impressed,” committee member and city historian Bob George said of how quickly the group completed the project.

Unfortunately, since there has been so much building on the site over the years, significant historical artifacts could not be found.

In recent years, the spring had been under a building on First Street, at the intersection of Spring Street. The city acquired the building and demolished it earlier last year, making highlighting the historic spot possible.

Donations are being collected for the project through the Community Foundation of Cleveland and Bradley County. A fundraiser for May 1 is in the works. Sponsorship opportunities for benches or trees for the site are available. Berry said as many as 24 trees could be planted on the property.

Donations can be made at http://clevelandbradleyfoundation.org.

The committee is also hoping the Cleveland City Council will authorize funding for the project. The project was not discussed during the Strategic Planning Workshop in January, held in preparation of this year’s budget.

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