Knoxville leaders broke ground Monday on two affordable housing developments.
"Southside Flats" is located on Martin Mill Pike in South Knoxville and "Five Points" is in East Knoxville, located on the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and McConnell Street.
Those two complexes will create a total of 252 new affordable housing units.
Southside Flats will include 172 units including one, two and three bedroom options. The $30 million project is expected to open in the fall of 2019. It's designed for people whose income is at or below 60 percent of the area's median income.
The five points project is the third part of a "three-phase" plan. It will include 80 units and is expected to open next summer.
This project is part of the city's master plan to revitalize the Five Points neighborhood in East Knoxville. The city says it wants the new apartments to blend in with the neighborhood around them.
"We wanted it to blend in with the community. This area is primarily single family homes, some exceptions, but we wanted to make sure all of our designs and building is in keeping with what's already here," Benjamin Bentley, executive director of KCDC, said.
The first two phases of the Five Points plan are already underway. Phase one is a senior living facility that opened last year. Phase two is another affordable housing development under construction now.