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City of Knoxville, Tennessee
Madeline Rogero, Mayor

For Immediate Release
Ten-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness Public Meeting June 21
June 17, 2010 - The Office of the Ten-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness will hold a meeting to discuss the parking variance request that was approved for the old Flenniken School at the May 20, 2010 Board of Zoning Appeals meeting.

This meeting will take place at the South Knoxville Community Center (522 Old Maryville Pike) on Monday, June 21, from 6:00-7:00pm.

As part of the Ten-Year Plan, Flenniken Elementary will be saved, rehabbed and converted to a 48-unit apartment residence for formerly homeless individuals who have chosen to work on the conditions that led to their homelessness.

Zoning for the Flenniken property normally would have required 1.5 parking spaces for each of the first 20 units in a multifamily residential development and one parking space for each of the remaining units. This would have required a total of 58 spaces for the Flenniken Housing development - a requirement that would be possible to meet on the site.

However, the nonprofit developer, Southeastern Housing Foundation, requested and received a variance in part because there is no need for 58 parking spaces at Flenniken Housing.

The reason: the vast majority of its residents will not own or use cars. Moreover, the reduction in parking spaces will preserve more green space and create a more aesthetically pleasing site, while providing plenty of parking for residents and others who will use the building at Flenniken.

Following the scheduling of this meeting an appeal of this variance was filed with the BZA. That appeal will be on City Councilís agenda at their regular meeting on July 13, at 7:00 pm in the main assembly room at the City County Building.
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