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March 28, 2013

March 28, 2013

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Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC) and the city of Knoxville’s Community Development Department have invited community leaders to tour newly constructed housing units in Five Points and to share in the vision for a revitalized community on Monday, April 1, at 2 p.m. at Paul Hogue Park at the corner of Chestnut and Wilson streets.

“We are encouraged by the progress in Five Points, and we’re inviting guests to help us celebrate the steps that have been made towards revitalizing this neighborhood,” said KCDC Executive Director and CEO Alvin Nance. “But we realize there is still work to be done. The city of Knoxville, KCDC and our community partners must continue to come together to see real change in this community.”

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Nance will welcome about 50 attendees and give a brief overview of the work that has already been done in Five Points and detail plans for future development. The celebration event is part of Community Development Week hosted by the city of Knoxville’s Community Development Department.

Guests will receive a map of redevelopment in the area and participate in a self-guided tour of new housing developments, including a first look at the inside of KCDC’s new affordable housing duplexes on Chestnut Street, part of the second phase of new public housing in the area.

“In the past month, we have opened up two new duplexes that have already been leased to families,” said Nance. “Our third duplex will be open for a tour during the event, and a family is ready to move in next week.”

These duplexes are part of 15 family-style, in-fill housing units currently being constructed in Five Points. The units will be housed on a total of five sites combining multiple lots. In addition to the three duplexes, plans call for two single-family residences and two six-plex residences, which will be managed by KCDC.

In 2011, KCDC opened the Residences at Eastport, an 85-unit, LEED Platinum certified senior housing development in Five Points. Senior housing duplexes were also added in 2011 adding an additional twenty housing units to the community.

In August, 183 units of Walter P. Taylor were demolished as part of a first phase to replace older public housing in Five Points with new units. All told, more than 105 units have currently been added to this community to replace these units, and 17 more units are planned.

KCDC facilitated public meetings in 2012 with Five Points community partners to continue the discussion about revitalization and gather input from residents about redevelopment in the community.

About KCDC

KCDC is the housing authority and redevelopment agency for Knoxville. Since 1936, KCDC has been dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for the citizens of Knoxville. For more information, visit