The Chattanooga Housing Authority hosted a grand opening celebration for Fairmount Avenue Townhomes on Wednesday morning. The 23,000 square-feet development is at 1311 Fairmount Ave. in North Chattanooga.
CHA’s development partners, Fairmount residents and officials with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development attended. Residents and dignitaries participated in a ribbon-cutting. A fully-furnished, three-bedroom model unit was available for guests to tour.
Fairmount was designed by a local firm, Hefferlin + Kronenberg Architects, and features nine three-bedroom units and nine two-bedroom units. The development is anticipated to be LEED-certified, and includes solar panels on the roof that will generate about 10 percent of the site’s energy needs.
Other development highlights for Fairmount:
Energy efficient windows and doors
Kynar-coated standing seam metal roofs
White lapboard siding
“Green” permeable pavers
Stained concrete floors
Environmentally friendly linoleum flooring
Wood veneer cabinetry
All units will be non-smoking
Three all-weather pathways leading down from the housing site and connecting to Dallas Road, Mississippi Avenue and Forest Avenue
CHA was awarded a $3.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2009 to demolish the former Fairmount Avenue Apartments and build 18 townhomes on the property. In addition to these federal funds, CHA and the City of Chattanooga provided funding.