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Kingsley building being considered for affordable housing for seniors, disabled

November 26th, 2013 7:31 pm by Rick Wagner

Kingsley building being considered for affordable housing for seniors, disabled

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KINGSPORT  — Kingsley Apartments could be coming to the Bloomingdale community.

The former Kingsley Elementary School building, which sits shuttered in the middle of Bloomingdale, may be a prime candidate for conversion into affordable housing for seniors and the disabled, according to the head of the Kingsport Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

Terry Cunningham, executive director of KHRA, toured the facility Tuesday morning with members of his staff and Sullivan County Director of Schools Jubal Yennie, maintenance supervisor Joe Davenport and finance director Leslie Bonner.

Cunningham said the development would be similar to Washington Apartments, with other “peers” being Kiwanis Towers, Maple Oaks and Holston Terrace.

“It has real possibilities,” Cunningham said during the tour.

The building and land upon which it sits is located just to the north of Bloomingdale Pike, bounded on the west by Lucy Road and by Emory Lane on the east. The Sullivan County Highway Department plans to use part of the playground to store salt and snow removal equipment this winter, a plan the county school board is to vote on at its Dec. 5 meeting.

“If it’s viable, we’ll take the time to look at it before we do anything,” Yennie said near the end of the tour.

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