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CHA to demolish Steiner Apartments

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) – The Chattanooga Housing Authority is getting ready to tear down one of its older complexes to be replaced by a newer, more energy efficient community.

The Edward Steiner Apartments, 1900 N. Chamberlain Avenue, are scheduled to be demolished on Wednesday.

The demolition is part of a five-year plan to move away from barracks-style housing towards smaller communities with a mix of incomes.

CHA is working with Pennrose Properties and Chattanooga-based green|spaces to develop the complex into a green facility.

Built in 1972, the outdated public housing complex will be transformed into a modern, energy-efficient housing community featuring 35 two-bedroom units and 12 three-bedroom units. 

The apartments will have a full-amenities package that includes a microwave, dishwasher, washer and dryer connection, refrigerator and security system. 

The units will also include a wide variety of energy efficient components, including R-38 attic insulation and Energy Star appliances. With support from Chattanooga's green|spaces, Steiner will obtain a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) designation as well.

"The demolition and redevelopment of Steiner will help bring new vitality to the Avondale neighborhood, which has lagged in development over recent years," said Mark Straub, Senior Development Officer with Pennrose Properties.  "Design and construction details will assure quality and durability to maximize building lifetime and minimize maintenance.  The new development will also include a leasing center with a small office, maintenance area and community space."  

CHA officials say the new site will also promote the agency's upward mobility efforts.

"We plan to encourage the families moving into the new site to participate in our longstanding Family Self-Sufficiency Program – with the exception of our elderly and disabled residents," said CHA Executive Director Betsy McCright.  "Through FSS, our staff will assist families with finding and maintaining employment and continuing education opportunities.  We'll also connect them with other services they might need to become free of welfare assistance over time."

The $8.8 million project is funded by local and federal grants.

The new development is expected to be finished by 2012.

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