Early stages underway in Five Points neighborhood redevelopment

Early stages underway in Five Points neighborhood redevelopment

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Nigina Blair took the time to fill one out saying she wants better housing for larger families like hers. Nigina Blair took the time to fill one out saying she wants better housing for larger families like hers.
The master plan is in the early stage but will include a detailed action strategy on future housing and infrastructure built in the neighborhood. The master plan is in the early stage but will include a detailed action strategy on future housing and infrastructure built in the neighborhood.
The $85 million project will be completed in phases that include knocking down all of the current Walter P. Taylor units and starting over. The $85 million project will be completed in phases that include knocking down all of the current Walter P. Taylor units and starting over.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The first phase is underway in a multimillion dollar revitalization project in East Knoxville.

The focus is on the Five Points area and the longtime housing development Walter P. Taylor homes.

Wednesday night, community members met to talk about the master plan to build things up and make life better.

Nigina Blair has lived in Walter P. Taylor homes her whole life. It's the home she's raised her four children in and the neighborhood where she grew up.

"I love the area, I love East Knoxville. I want to stay but I want it to be better," Blair said.

She says there is a lot that needs to change and it all centers around a better life for her children and her neighbors.

"I want them to know what it feels like to live in something other than what we live in now," she said.

Blair was among the 75 residents and community members in attendance at the meeting. It's the first of several in the presentation of the Five Points Master Plan.  

Knoxville Community Development Corporation has formed the master plan team led by Johnson Architecture and includes the Atlanta-based urban design firm Urban Collage. The master plan is in the early stage but will include a detailed action strategy on future housing and infrastructure built in the neighborhood.

The $85 million project will be completed in phases that include knocking down all of the current Walter P. Taylor units and starting over.

"Once we take down all of the public housing sites, what we're talking about is building a neighborhood, we will not be building a housing project facility in the traditional public housing," explained KCDC director Alvin Nance.

Part of that process is looking at the current problems, including crime, and how a new design might help.

"Some of the problems are contributed by the way the property was built and designed, heavily dense, areas that were real hard for the police department to monitor," explained Nance.

The developers are asking for the community's input on what they want to see. Community members at the meeting had an opportunity to fill out cards titled "The future of Five Points."

Blair took the time to fill one out saying she wants better housing for larger families like hers.

"We need better living, better homes and I think it needs more four and five bedroom for the larger families so that everyone has a chance," Blair said. "Before my kids get grown and are out on their own I want them to know what a community feels like."

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