New Residential Development To Provide Rental Housing For Low-Income Senior Citizens In Rhea County

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A new development in Rhea County is currently in the planning stages. We Care Community Services announced plans to develop four acres into a residential community that will provide rental housing for low-income senior citizens.

Through a unique collaboration with the University of Tennessee-Knoxville School of Architecture, students this fall will create the master design plan for the innovative new neighborhood.

Plans are to build seven or eight energy-efficient, 900-square-foot homes designed with open floor plans, front porches, rear decks and small, private yards. Instead of busy streets, the homes will face onto sidewalks, gardens and a common building for meetings and activities.

The development addresses the need to provide affordable housing options for low-income senior citizens, according to Dr. Walter Ring, president of the non-profit organization We Care Community Services. He envisions a walkable “green community” where seniors feel safe and comfortable.

The design plan calls for a number of cutting-edge features: “gray water,” recycled from shower, bath and laundry water, will be filtered and reused for irrigation. Streets will be designed around the community, with plenty of room for pedestrians and bicyclists. The houses will be set close together, to maximize use of the land for gardening and recreation. At the same time, residents will have privacy; each small yard will be set off by a picket fence, covered porches and private entrances.

Dr. Ring said similar “pocket neighborhoods”  have worked well in other parts of the U.S. He is looking forward to the fall semester at the University of Tennessee, when students and teachers will begin sketching out detailed plans on the new neighborhood. UT’s College of Architecture and Design, the only accredited school of architecture in the state, also offers Tennessee’s top-ranked Interior Design program and a newly established Landscape Architecture program.

We Care, founded in 1982, serves more than 10,000 Rhea County residents each year, providing mental health counseling, free and reduced-price food for low-income residents and numerous other services, including housing for people who use behavioral health services but are capable of living independently.


Mike Croxall: Buyers Prefer New Homes In The Suburbs

A majority of home buyers in the Chattanooga area prefer a new home to an existing one, and 65% want that home to be in the suburbs, according to new research and surveys conducted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The 2017 study, “Home Buyer Preferences: Age, Income, and Other Factors,” is based on a survey of recent and prospective home buyers, providing ... (click for more)

Center For Sports Medicine And Orthopaedics Is First Tenant For New 20-Acre Ringgold Development

Armour Commercial Real Estate and the Catoosa County Development Authority announced the first tenant for a 20-acre site being jointly developed as part of a public/private partnership and located just off of Georgia Highway 2-A in Ringgold, Ga. The Center for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics will open a satellite location at the site located on Hwy 2-A across from Battlefield Imaging. ... (click for more)

State Says "Beef" Between 2 Bloods Gangs Started Over A Female And Led Eventually To Shootings At College Hill Courts

The state presented testimony on Monday about a feud between two Bloods gangs that allegedly eventually led to a 16-year-old shooting up a unit at College Hill Courts - killing one woman, injuring another, leaving a child paralyzed and injuring a member of the other Bloods gang. A city police gang expert said the bitter rift between the Athens Park Bloods based on the Southside ... (click for more)

Walker County To Raise Water, Sewer Rates To Improve Aging Infrastructure

 The board of directors for the Walker County Water & Sewerage Authority (WCWSA) has granted approval for the utility to move forward with a base rate increase to address aging infrastructure concerns.   Starting this summer, WCWSA will begin replacing older galvanized pipe. These older water mains will be upgraded from two-inch galvanized pipe to six-inch high-pressure ... (click for more)

Slaxxon Regret - And Response

Back in the seventies my three oldest brothers had a buddy named Steve Slack. “Slack” was a star soccer player at Baylor and he grew up on Lookout Mountain, which is where I grew up. He and Jimmy, Henry and Bill went to the University of Virginia where they were roommates in an old, beat up house that was painted pink. Naturally, the place became known as the “Pink Palace” but lest ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Oh Yes, I Loved West

One of my most beloved friends died early Saturday morning at the age of 67. Then again, West Oehmig’s only brother – King – died a couple of years ago at 63 so it wasn’t by happenstance I remembered Abraham Lincoln’s famous line: “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.” Here are two brothers who lived larger than any other pair I can ... (click for more)