KCDC Procurement Director Terry McKee earns national service award

Terry McKee, the procurement director for Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC), has been named the recipient of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing’s (NIGP) 2022 Distinguished Service Award. McKee, who has served KCDC for 17 years and has 34 total years of experience, earned the recognition for his longtime contributions to the public procurement profession. He has been a contributing … Read More

Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation board elects officers, adds Harris

Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC) has elected 2022-23 officers for its Board of Commissioners and added a new member. Felix Harris, vice president of housing and community development for the Knoxville Area Urban League, has joined the board as an appointee of Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon for a five-year term. He is a HUD Certified Housing Counselor. Bob Whetsel, retired … Read More

KCDC officially opens mixed-income, affordable housing at First Creek at Austin

Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC) officially cut the ribbon May 11 on the first phase of First Creek at Austin, the city’s first mixed-income, affordable housing community. Business and community leaders, stakeholders and residents attended the ceremony. Located just east of downtown, the first phase of First Creek at Austin offers 105 total units – 57 in one multifamily building … Read More

KCDC fully reopens Love Towers after $6.5 million renovation

Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC) officially has fully reopened Guy B. Love Towers after a $6.5 million renovation of the affordable housing community for elderly and disabled residents that features new flooring and appliances in units and a landscaped courtyard. The renovations also include new cabinets, lighting and heating and air conditioning units to align with KCDC’s sustainability and energy-efficiency … Read More

Rotary Club of Knoxville opens Little Free Library at KCDC’s The Vista at Summit Hill

Members of the Rotary Club of Knoxville have officially opened a Little Free Library for residents of The Vista at Summit Hill to expand access to books, inspire readers of all ages and build community. Rotary Club members and representatives of Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC) celebrated with a ribbon cutting on Feb. 15. “Our literacy committee is very aware … Read More

KCDC to show Transforming Western plan at Jan. 19 open house

Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC) will host an open house for neighborhood, stakeholder and community members to review the Transforming Western plan for the Western Heights housing site and Beaumont area. The open house will be held Wednesday, Jan. 19, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Western Heights Boys & Girls Club gym located at 1417 W. Oldham Ave. On-street parking … Read More

KCDC earns $900,000 grant to support continued Austin Homes redevelopment

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) has awarded Southeastern Housing Association a $900,000 grant to help build 153 housing units in the third phase of Austin Homes redevelopment. Southeastern Housing Association is a partnership of Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC) and Knoxville Leadership Foundation. The grant is made possible through THDA’s Tennessee Housing Trust Fund in a competitive award process. … Read More

$7.5 million federal grant to bring supportive housing for seniors to Austin Homes site

The ongoing redevelopment of the Austin Homes site will include 50 units of supportive housing for seniors made possible by a $7.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to a Knoxville nonprofit, the only 2021 program grantee in Tennessee. Southeastern Housing Foundation II, a subsidiary of the nonprofit Knoxville Leadership Foundation, is the recipient … Read More

KCDC breaks ground on future Head Start facility at Western Heights

New 10-classroom building also marks start of significant community revitalization Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC), along with business and community leaders and members of the Western Heights community, officially broke ground Sept. 8 on a Head Start facility that will provide comprehensive preschool programs for neighborhood children. The new $5.4 million facility, located at the intersection of West Oldham Avenue … Read More

KCDC employee earns prestigious SAHMA Rising Star Award

Kristie Toby, a housing operations director for Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC), has been awarded the Rising Star Award by the Southeastern Affordable Housing Management Association (SAHMA) at its annual leadership conference in Jacksonville, Florida, on Aug. 9. Members of SAHMA, which include owners and managers of affordable, multifamily housing in the Southeast, select one emerging leader in the field … Read More