Johnson City Housing Authority plans first major build in 30 years; new condos, relocation of families

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – The Johnson City Housing Authority is planning its first major construction project in 30 years; a project that will result in 100 new Section 8 condos.

johnson City Public Housing artist rendering of future housing (Source: Johnson City Housing Authority)

The agency is waiting on state funding approval for the $13 million project that will replace the existing 30 public housing apartments in the Dunbar Community.

Executive Director Richard McClain says the current buildings, which crews will demolish, are 50 to 60 years-old and are not energy efficient.

The plans also call for the relocation of families currently living in the Fairview Community, plus more parking and a new community center.

According to McClain, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will no longer own the property. Instead, he says the Johnson City Housing Authority will become the landlord.

“The government can’t afford to maintain the property anymore,” he said. “Congress won’t appropriate any more funding for this, so what they’re doing is they’re transferring ownership of the property.”

If the housing authority receives the expected funding, the plan is to complete the project in 2018, he said.

McClain says JCHA has been approved to eventually convert 305 of its 752 public housing units to Section 8 apartments.

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