Kingsport Midtown Neighborhood – CHOICE NEIGHBORHOOD PLANNING GRANT
The Kingsport Housing & Redevelopment Authority (KHRA) received a Choice Neighborhood Initiative (CNI) Planning Grant in October 2012 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, to develop a revitalization plan for the Midtown Neighborhood, which comprises the historic downtownand the adjoining residential neighborhoods, including the Robert E. Lee Apartments as the target housing site. The study area is illustrated in the map below:
The main objective of the CNI Planning grant is to revitalize neighborhoods and public/assisted projects into viable and sustainable mixed-income neighborhoods by linking housing improvements with appropriate services, schools, public assets, transportation, and access to jobs.
The Midtown CNI initiative intends to leverage the planning legacy Kingsport has and build upon the existing and proposed plans to create a comprehensiveTransformation Plan for the neighborhood. The process aims to promote maximum community involvement through community, resident, focus group and stakeholder steering committee meetings and workshops throughoutthe planning process. The resulting Plan will serve as a roadmap for the redevelopment of the study area with specific focus on developing strategies for housing, people and neighborhood improvements.
To help with the community outreach process, residential districts were identified within the CNI neighborhood, based on the physical characteristics, architecture and street network. KHRA desires to engage representatives from each of the districts (as identified in the map below) along with the downtown area, to garner maximum input and encourage community involvement in this planning process through the focus group/steering committee meetings and the workshops.
The first public workshop is scheduled to be on Thursday, August 29th 2013, at the Renaissance Center, with two options, a morning and an evening session (8-10 am or 6-8 pm) to encourage maximum participation. The main focus of this workshop is to engage the community to begin thinking about the vision for the future of theoverall CNI neighborhood. The agenda includes:
You are encouraged to become involved and plan for the future of Kingsport Midtown neighborhood!