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Knoxville College Affordable Housing Design Study

  • Former Faculty Residence building had existing conditions analyzed
  • New floor plans developed to allow for apartments in building
  • Site plan with landscaping, parking lot, and walking paths also developed

Knoxville College Interim President Leonard Adams asked the East Tennessee Community Design Center (ETCDC) to study affordable housing opportunities on the campus within the existing Faculty Residence Apartments. The Faculty Residence building was constructed in 1953 and is located on Reynolds Street, at the edge of the campus. President Adams would like to develop housing for individuals who have aged out of the foster care system (estimated to be more than 23,000 children nationally per year). After reaching the age of 18, 20% of the children who were in foster care will become instantly homeless, and only 50% of foster kids who age out of the system have some form of gainful employment by the age of 24.

The ETCDC had already developed plans to renovate the building in 1999 and therefore reviewed that design before developing this new proposal. The conceptual plan develops four (4) apartments on the first level, four (4) apartments on the second level, and three (3) on the basement/ground level. There is also an unused area on this level that could be used for tenant storage and laundry, but depending on the future needs, this area could become a one bedroom-one bathroom apartment.

There are two new connecting stairs that have been added allowing for access to the upper level apartments. These stairs require a second floor level to be added above the first floor level building connectors. There are existing stairs in the original living units that would be removed to develop this design.

As well as the newly developed floor plans, new landscaping was developed along the street, a new parking lot for residents was added behind the building, and new shaded walking paths were added behind the building as well. For residents of the ground level apartments, new areas for fenced-in yards were dedicated as well.

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