Oak Ridge has received a $500,000 state housing grant from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency.
The city will use the THDA funds to renovate and weatherize 63 owner-occupied, single-family homes in the Manhattan District Overlay zone, a press release said.
The grant award will be presented to the City of Oak Ridge at 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, at 138 South Purdue Avenue in the Woodland neighborhood.
That property at the corner of South Purdue Avenue and Northwestern Avenue is the site of a recent project that is part of the city’s effort to renovate substandard houses. The City of Oak Ridge bought a blighted home there in April 2014 and demolished it in June 2014.
The press release said the City of Oak Ridge will initially provide any one or potentially all three of these renovations using the THDA grant:
- An update of the electrical wiring system
- Installation of wall insulation
- Installation of double-paned windows
Wednesday’s event will begin at 4 p.m. and will last approximately 30 minutes.
Among those expected to be there are:
- Ralph Perrey, THDA executive director
- Katie Moore, East Tennessee THDA representative
- Oak Ridge Mayor Warren Gooch and City Council members
- Mark Watson, Oak Ridge city manager
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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