Group sees slow start in revitalizing neighborhood

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- A Chattanooga initiative to revitalize a troubled neighborhood has run into some bumps.

About $1.8 million in grants helped Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise build 26 new homes in Bushtown/Orchard Knob. But 12 of them are still empty, and one of them has a bullet hole through a window.

The group's Abby Garrison told the Chattanooga Times Free Press the homes are for people who want affordable housing close to downtown.

The three-bedroom, two-bath homes sell for about $130,000 and come with a $15,000 loan incentive that's free money to anyone who stays for five years.

But crime is still a factor.

And a search of showed the houses are priced well above the $70,000 and $80,000 homes that fill most of the neighborhood.

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