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Kirkpatrick Park Opens In East Nashville, With A Focus On Displaced Public Housing Residents

Jul 16, 2019

The grand opening for the Kirkpatrick Park Apartments, the second new residential construction in the “Envision Cayce” plan, was held in East Nashville Tuesday. Some Cayce residents have resettled, but there were many moves before they had a place to call home.

Many units in the James A. Cayce Homes have already been demolished. These residents were shuffled to other Cayce units until the day they could finally move into their permanent homes.

The Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency’s Jim Harbison explains the shuffle is an attempt to keep families in the area, but he recognizes their sacrifice.

"So those people that had to move from old (units) to old (units) got priority moving here first," he says. "And that’s how we’ll do it, until we get far enough in the program where we can go from old straight into the new."

The relocations are part of an overhaul of Cayce homes, Nashville’s largest public housing complex. The new buildings will be mixed-income, which means they will accommodate tenants from all income brackets — not just low income — with the goal of eliminating concentrated poverty in Nashville.