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Officials get up-close look at Cloud, Charlemont apartment renovations

Matthew Lane • Aug 11, 2019 at 9:47 AM

KINGSPORT — State and local officials got a sneak peek at the work taking place at Cloud and Charlemont apartments last week, seeing firsthand just how significant the renovations are and what will ultimately be the end result for the two properties.

The apartments are owned by the Kingsport Housing and Redevelopment Authority and are part of a project called the Midtown Redevelopment Plan that’s been in the works since 2012.

The plan included the demolition and redevelopment of Lee Apartments and the renovation of the remainder of the KHRA properties, including Cloud, Dogwood Terrace, Holly Hills, Tiffany Court and the Charlemont apartments.

Work at Cloud and Charlemont began this year and includes facade improvements and system and interior updates. Last week, officials with the Tennessee Housing Development Agency came by for a visit, toured both properties and got a look at how the renovations are progressing.

CLOUD APARTMENTS

Cloud Apartments opened in 1952. It has 189 units in more than 30 buildings with a gymnasium, two playgrounds and a satellite office for the Boys & Girls Club.

Improvements include new entrances and concrete porches for each of the units; new appliances, cabinets and countertops in the kitchens; new paint and flooring; and plumbing and electrical upgrades.

Residents will start moving back in this November and continue to do so through February 2020 as the work is finishing up. Once the rehab is complete, Cloud will convert to a project-based voucher program.

CHARLEMONT APARTMENTS

The KHRA purchased the Charlemont Avenue Apartments in September 2015 for approximately $190,000 with plans to bring the building into the housing authority’s portfolio. Located at 106 W. Charlemont Ave., the two-story brick building was constructed in 1935 and originally served as a hospital.

Though it had been privately owned and used as rental apartments, the property had become severely dilapidated in recent years.

Joe May, the senior project manager with Capstone Building Corporation, told officials last week the Charlemont property had suffered from fire, water and termite damage and that crews had to replace about 80 percent of the wood.

Once complete, Charlemont will have 18 units with one- and two-bedroom options. It too will receive complete interior renovations with new appliances; electrical and plumbing upgrades; new flooring, paint and other interior enhancements.

Maria Catron, the deputy director of the KHRA, said residents will be able to move into Charlemont beginning this fall.

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