Historic Knoxville home restored thanks to help of city program

Historic Knoxville home restored thanks to help of city program

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The restored historic home on Gill Avenue is now for sale and will be ready for move-in in a month. The restored historic home on Gill Avenue is now for sale and will be ready for move-in in a month.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Before Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero was elected she made a campaign promise to clean up the city and reduce the number of blighted properties.

Rogero's new initiatives, combined with older programs, make it easier for the city to clean up unkept abandoned properties, like an old abandoned, burned building on Gill Avenue.

Construction workers were at the home Friday prepping and preparing to paint it. For the past year the historic home has been under renovation.

Cheryl Ball and her husband bought it from the city last year.

"This particular project spoke to us because we live in this neighborhood. We live just a few blocks away and it was something we drove by every day. This was a way we really wanted to give back to our community," said Ball.

According to Knoxville Public Service Division Director David Brace, the property was acquired by the city last year through the Homemakers Program, which allows the city to take over blighted abandoned property because the private sector can't get title insurance.

"This is a successful case," Brace said. "It took a few years, but the city acquired a property, cleared title, did a bid process through Homemakers, and now has a new owner."

Brace says restoring the historic home not only benefits the community, but the entire city, both aesthetically and financially.

"The property will be back on the tax rolls. It's not going to drive down surrounding property values. You're not going to have that crime leaching into the edge of the neighborhood. It benefits the city because we are not responding to fires and police calls," Brace said.

Ball says the restored historic home on Gill Avenue is now for sale and will be ready for move-in in a month.

"We are really lucky here in Knoxville to have this particular Homemakers Program, that we purchased this property from, because it really allows pieces of property that need help to become productive in the community," said Ball.

The house on 611 Gill Avenue was built in 1908.

Ball says all codes to keep it classified as an historic building have been followed.

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