KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL)- Monday night the Kingsport Housing and Redevelopment Authority came forward with a multi-million dollar proposal that would revamp public housing in the city.
During the Kingsport BMA work session, KHRA Deputy Director Maria Catron asked the city for $3 million to aid in a project that is being offered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
HUD is offering a program to housing authorities that would eliminate public housing and turn it into affordable housing.
In a power point presentation, it showed the $50 million plan would include demolishing all of Lee Apartments, building approximately 51 new units on Lee Site and redevelop all of KHRA’s stock – Cloud Apartments, Dogwood Terrace, Charlemont Apartments, Holly Hills Apartments and Tiffany Court.
All together this would impact 429 units within the city of Kingsport.
"The affordable housing in this city would look very much like market rate housing so you would see an integration within neighborhoods, and it would be very difficult for our visitors to come through neighborhoods and say well I know this is subsidized housing. We think that would have a tremendous impact on the quality of life," Catron said.
Catron said they have been working with HUD for the grant, and time is of the essence to show them they have sources for all of the funding needed for this project.
If the funding is approved by the Kingsport Board of Mayor and Alderman, the timeline to complete the project would be in the next two and a half years.
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