Kingsport housing officials are rolling out a massive plan to completely renovate all public housing in the city.
The project involves the rehabilitation of dozens of units at five different Kingsport Housing Authority sites across the city.
“I think home is really what you make it. You can have home anywhere,” said Cloud Apartments resident, Charlotte Fletcher.
For Fletcher, Cloud Apartments is home, though the place, she admits, could use some improvement.
“I don’t think there’s been any changes for quite a while,” she said.
That is, until now. “We are doing a complete renovation of all our public housing, and that includes the demolition of Lee Apartments and then the rehabilitation of all our other sites,” said KHRA Executive Director, Terry Cunningham.
Those sites are Cloud Apartments, Charlemont, Dogwood Terrace, Tiffany Court, and Holly Hills.
“We’ll be putting on new entrances and facades and porch covers. We’ll have new windows, new HVAC systems, kitchens will be completely renovated, all new surfaces, cabinets, flooring, the bathrooms will be all renovated,” said Cunningham.
Total project cost adds up to about $56 million, said Cunningham. That money is coming from a variety of sources, a big chunk from federal low income housing tax credits, as well as through grants and the city.
“We were at a point where they were in need of these types of renovations,” Cunningham said. “They’ll be pretty much like new units, and particularly Cloud, I don’t think is going to look like it does today.”
KHRA says the rehab work will mean that at some point, everyone will have to relocate, but they said they’re hoping to stagger the construction so people can move into the sites not undergoing any work.
Rehab work is expected to begin this fall and last for about two years.
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