|September 20, 2011 -
Knoxville's Community Development Corporation (KCDC) will open the doors to its new housing complex for seniors, the Residences at Eastport, for potential residents and the public Sept. 23 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
During the open house, potential residents, community leaders and the general public will receive guided tours of a model unit. KCDC employees will be available onsite to provide leasing information, answer questions and help seniors with the application process. Refreshments will be provided.
Parking is limited, but shuttles will run every 15 minutes from two locations. Residents and disabled guests will be picked up from the Walter P. Taylor leasing office on McConnell Street, and other community members will be shuttled from the Harvest Plaza parking lot at 2410 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue.
The Residences at Eastport is an affordable 85-unit development. Twenty-five of the units are housed in the former Eastport Elementary school building. The building retains the façade of the historic school, which is believed to be the first African American school in the Five Points neighborhood. The property is the newest apartment complex for seniors, age 62 and older, in the area.
"The Residences at Eastport are specially designed to accommodate the needs of our aging population in a comfortable community-style living environment," Alvin Nance, executive director and CEO of KCDC, said. "We are excited to unveil our newest housing complex, the initial step towards our goal of the revitalization of the Five Points area."
Upon completion, the complex will attain a LEED for Homes certification for its cost-efficiency and energy savings, furthering KCDC's mission of improving and transforming neighborhoods to promote sustainability and self-sufficiency.
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 www.kcdc.org.