The public met with developers on Wednesday for an update on plans to bring a popular, upscale retailer to Bearden.
Developer Tony Cappiello hosted an open house at The Orangery to talk about the future of Anthropologie.
He needs to close nearby Ben Atchley Street for parking, but the Metropolitan Planning Commission denied that request last month. Cappiello filed an appeal with the city council.
Wednesday's open house helped answer questions and showed renderings of what the new Homberg businesses might look like.
Cappiello says bringing Anthropologie to Bearden will help nearby businesses.
"It'll bring retailers to Homberg that have drifted away. They went to West Town, they went to Turkey Creek. This was Knoxville's first retail district and I think this will be the first step in bringing retail back strongly into Bearden," he said.
Cappiello also said he contacted the family of Ben Atchley and they're in favor of the road closure.
The city council will hear his appeal at its meeting on April 30.