Kingsport city leaders expected to address multi-million dollar public housing project in July

KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL)- In Kingsport, city leaders say they are trying to find the funding for a multi-million dollar project that would re-define public housing in the model city.

Earlier this month, officials with the Kingsport Housing and Redevelopment Authority presented a 50 million dollar proposal that would eliminate public housing, and turn it into affordable housing.

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It is a program being offered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

KHRA has asked the city for 3 million dollars in order to help demolish all of Lee Apartments, build 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.

On Thursday afternoon Kingsport’s Development Services Director, Lynn Tully, said city leaders are currently trying to find the money to help KHRA fill the gap for this project in order to move forward.

“The city is very interested in supporting affordable housing in Kingsport, and particularly in getting renovations done to the KHRA current public housing that we have in town. Theres a sense of pride, a greater sense of neighborhood and community in areas where people are investing. Some were built in the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s so really this has been a long time coming, as far as a total revamp,” Tully said.

When we spoke to Maria Catron with KHRA a few weeks ago, she said 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.

Tully said the city will take up the issue of funding again at their next board of mayor and alderman meeting in July.

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