The Western Heights neighborhood is strategically located 1.5 miles from downtown Knoxville, the University of Tennessee, jobs, and amenities. Unfortunately, disinvestment, physical barriers, residential and commercial vacancies, and concentrated poverty have kept the neighborhood from realizing its potential.
The residents of Western Heights have a collective vision of a safe neighborhood for all, with new housing and programming for children and adults. The leadership of KCDC, the City of Knoxville, Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee, Brinshore Development, and other partners will transform Western Heights into a neighborhood of choice for current and future residents.
Interested in learning more about the
Western Heights Transformation Plan?
Click the links below to view and download the Executive Summary and
Full Western Heights Transformation Plan.
Overall Plan Goals
Ensure neighborhood is safe for all
Increase transportation choices
Create quality green spaces, parks, and recreation amenities
Arts, Entrepreneurship, & Engagement
Strengthen arts, culture, and entrepreneurship to anchor the community
Ensure new and renovated housing in Western Heights feel like one cohesive community
Develop a diverse and inclusive mixed-income community
Celebrate the site, including spectacular views, to change negative perception of Western Heights
Create housing choices and different types of buildings that service different family needs
Establish responsive, on-site management with quality amenities and attentive maintenance
Improve education outcomes
Improve resident health outcomes
Increase safe education and enrichment options for youth
More residents secure living-wage jobs and actively engage career opportunities
Improve access to affordable, healthy, fresh food options