A new start for an east Knoxville housing project that's often been in the headlines for violence
Demolition began at the Walter P. Taylor Homes on Friday.
Crews were out early in the morning, starting on the first phase.
This includes tearing down about 180 units.
The idea is to break the division between the Walter P. Taylor homes and Five Ppints to create one big neighborhood.
It's something that's been in the works for a while now.
"We can't build new housing on this site until we take down the old housing, so it's significant. It then begins to signal to this community that yes, new housing is going to come to this community," said Alvin Nance, President and CEO of KCDC.
In total, the ten year project will cost $8-million dollars.
There's one more demolition phase and some infrastructure work ahead before crews will start building new housing on the old footprint.