Master Planning

Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation


Client: Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC)
Year: Ongoing



Johnson Architecture has teamed with Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC) to revitalize Knoxville neighborhoods.

In 2012, KCDC hired JAI to master plan and design its second phase of Five Points infill housing, which includes 17 ENERGY STAR-certified prototype duplex, six-plex and single-family homes that fit the character and context of this historic East Knoxville neighborhood.

In 2013, KCDC engaged JAI with planning consultant Urban Collage (now Lord Aeck Sargent), to develop a Five Points Master Plan as a guide to replace the outdated Walter P. Taylor Homes and Dr. Lee Williams Senior Complex developments with modern, affordable housing units. The master plan served as a blueprint for the redevelopment and as a catalyst for re-energizing the broader community, including a commercial corridor to the north and surrounding residential areas.

The study included assessment of existing conditions; stakeholder interviews; Stakeholder Advisory Group meetings; community visioning and workshops; Neighborhood Framework development; site development strategies; conceptual plan for combined Lee Williams and Walter P. Taylor sites; housing prototypes; and implementation/phasing strategies.

Following the master plan development, JAI served as architect of record for Five Points 1, a 90-unit complex known as The Residences at Five Points serving elderly and people with disabilities. The complex opened in 2017.

JAI served as a consultant to Ross/Deckard Architects for Five Points 2, a 10-building, 84-unit development for families that opened in 2018. The development has been certified by Enterprise Green Communities.

In 2018, KCDC engaged Gensler-Chicago and JAI to create a master plan for its Austin Homes site, a nearly 23-acre property located just east of downtown Knoxville. KCDC will replace the site’s existing affordable housing units and add a mix of housing choices for families and individuals of varied income levels and other appropriate non-residential uses to create a vibrant urban community. JAI is also the architect of record and design architect for phases 1A and 2A.


Keep Knoxville Beautiful Orchids Award, 2014 (Five Points Infill Housing)

Keep Knoxville Beautiful Orchids Award for New Architecture, 2019 (Five Points 1)

Tennessee Housing Development Agency Tennessee’s Best Award for Neighborhood Stabilization, 2019 (Five Points Master Plan)



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