Dogwood Manor public housing on agenda for Chattanooga City Council

Dogwood Manor public housing on agenda for Chattanooga City Council

August 30th, 2011 by Yolanda Putman in News

Roxann Larson, president of the residents association at Dogwood Manor.

Photo by Tim Barber /Times Free Press.

The Dogwood Manor public housing complex is on the market, and real estate agents can earn up to $80,000 for selling it.

A resolution allowing a commission of up to $80,000 for the sale of the complex is on today's agenda for the Chattanooga City Council.

The Westside building, which is owned by the city and managed by the Chattanooga Housing Authority, appraised for $4.6 million in 2005.

The agenda item comes one day after city and CHA officials met to discuss the management contract between them.

Several residents of the building wanted CHA to buy it and be more accountable for its repairs, and city officials have said they want to sell it. But the meeting Monday ended with the city continuing to own it and CHA managing it in a month-to-month agreement.

Dogwood Resident Council Vice President Pat Howard said she's OK with the arrangement as long as residents can get the repairs they need.

"It has never been an issue to me who bought it," said Howard. "I just want to know that we'll be in a place where things are operating well."

She said residents went two summers without air conditioning or poorly working air conditioning until CHA received money from the city this year to replace or repair the units.

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