Are we seeing an end to housing projects in Chattanooga?

Reported by: Erik Avanier
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Updated: 10/25/2013 6:43 pm
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) - The Harriet Tubman housing projects are slated to become mixed income housing but what impact will those plans have on the surrounding community along with other Chattanooga housing projects?

If all goes as planned, the abandoned buildings will get new life and new residents and according to some nearby neighbors, so will the surrounding community.

"Not only is it just a certain type of people that will be able to live back there, It's a whole different variety of people and they mix with the people here in the community.I think it will be a beautiful thing," said Chattanooga resident Serena Hester.

"If it looks good, I'm going to try to convince my mother to move in there," said Chattanooga resident Raina Bailey.

Lakewood Realty, a Chicago based company that purchased the land from the Chattanooga Housing Authority is planning to convert every building into mixed income housing. So the Harriet Tubman housing development will no longer be viewed by nearby residents as the neighborhood projects.

"Most of the time when you mention projects or something like that, you mention crime, drugs and things like that. But I think this right here will be a wonderful thing. I really do," said Hester who went on to say she would like to see other Chattanooga housing projects follow in the same direction as the Harriet Tubman.

Hester brought up an interesting point because other major cities like Chicago and Atlanta have already started converting old housing projects into mixed income housing.

WDEF contacted the Chattanooga Housing Authority to see if there are plans to go in that direction but no one was available to talk.

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