Transformation Plan Submitted

Nov 7, 2014 | By | Community, Grant

The final Midtown Kingsport Transformation Plan for the 2012 Choice Neighborhood Initiative was presented to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development on October 11, 2014 by Kingsport Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

Click here to download a PDF of the full Transformation Plan

This document serves as a blueprint for the transformation of Kingsport’s Midtown Neighborhood, an area that was part of a planned city founded nearly a century ago.

Situated near Virginia and Kentucky in the mountains of Northeast Tennessee, Kingsport was developed as an industrial town featuring a unique grid pattern designed by world-renowned city planner John Nolen, with neighborhoods built near factories so that residents could get to work easily. But as manufacturing in America declined, so did Kingsport’s factories and many of its blue collar neighborhoods.

To help counteract this descent, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded a $300,000 Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Planning Grant to Kingsport Housing & Redevelopment Authority (KHRA) in October 2012 to develop a Transformation Plan for Midtown Kingsport, with Robert E. Lee Apartments as the target public housing site. The 762-acre Choice Neighborhoods area includes the historic downtown and the diverse neighborhoods surrounding it, as well as several prominent institutions, such as Kingsport’s Academic Village and Holston Valley Medical Center.

HUD Choice Neighborhoods Initiative is designed to encourage locally driven strategies to address struggling neighborhoods with distressed public or HUD-assisted housing through an all-inclusive approach to neighborhood transformation. Building on the legacy of John Nolen-inspired city design, KHRA and its Planning Coordinator Team worked to develop a comprehensive plan for the revitalization of the Choice Neighborhood area, with implementation strategies that focus on CNI’s three major components: Neighborhood, People and Housing.

Kingsport anchors, stakeholders, residents, and organizations joined together to develop a plan that makes sense for the Midtown neighborhood community. KHRA and the Planning Coordinator Team
offered various opportunities for community involvement in the process, and utilized multiple methods to encourage community input. Five steering committee meetings were held, as well as four workshops/community meetings, 37 focus group meetings, four needs assessment surveys, and other resident and community partner meetings. This Transformation Plan is the result of the planning process, and details what has been accomplished to date, and what we hope to achieve in the future to ensure a viable Midtown neighborhood for generations to come.

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