• Name: Orchard Knob
• Location: Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise, in conjunction with a number of other agencies, is renovating homes from the early 1900s throughout historic neighborhoods in Chattanooga. It currently is working on Orchard Knob, a neighborhood that was home to many of the city’s millworkers. The neighborhood, in the heart of Chattanooga, is suitable for young professionals who work in the city. Families send school-age children to Orchard Knob Elementary, Orchard Knob Middle and Howard High schools. There are also a number of magnet schools in the area.
• Status: CNE is working to rebuild seven houses. Work on two is under way, with work on two more slated to begin soon.
• Price: When rehabilitated, these 100-year-old dwellings should cost from $100,000 to $130,000, depending on square footage, which ranges from 975 to 1,350 square feet.
• Features: All houses will have new energy-effecient windows, new plumbing and electrical work, new heating and air and new fixtures. Kitchens and bathrooms are being updated with new cabinets and fixtures. Historical features such as original wood floors and wrought-iron doors are being retained whenever possible. Landscaping is also provided. Kitchens and bathrooms are tiled, and homes have a large number of windows.
• Amenities: The neighborhood is within walking distance of several parks, as well as Orchard Knob Elementary school. The homes are just off the McCallie thoroughfare, with easy access to Brainerd and Downtown. Many have basements.
• Developers/builders: Todd Maynor, Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise
• Contact: Karlene Claridy, 503-6488
Ellis Smith joined the Chattanooga Times Free Press in January 2010 as a business reporter. His beat includes the flooring industry, Chattem, Unum, Krystal, the automobile market, real estate and technology. Ellis is from Marietta, Ga., and has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication at the University of West Georgia. He previously worked at UTV-13 News, Carrollton, Ga., as a producer; at the The West Georgian, Carrollton, Ga., as editor; and at the Times-Georgian, Carrollton, ...