Even if residents of the John Sevier Center are able to move to better housing elsewhere, there will still be needs that must be adressed in the downtown area.
Local officials expect the revitalization of the John Sevier Center will be an important economic engine for Johnson City.
Milligan College has close ties to downtown Johnson City and other organizations that help its poorest residents – many of whom live at the John Sevier Center.
Alex Nottingham, 22, said he doesn’t think he fits the typical profile of a John Sevier Center resident. He’s young, works full time and he’s from New York.
Leaders of Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church’s Melting Pot Ministries say residents of the nearby John Sevier Center are more than just neighbors — they are family.
One of the most challenging steps in the Johnson City Development Authority’s plan to transform the former John Sevier Hotel from a low-income senior housing center into a new commercial anchor for downtown will be the replacement of the center’s 150 Section 8 housing units.
With the birth of his granddaughter, Tom Rule knew it was time to leave the coastal city of Newburyport, Massachusetts, that he had called home for the first 55 years of his life.
Downtown Johnson City is going through some changes, and with those changes come some anxieties among some of its most economically disadvantaged residents.
The moment Nancy Burns heard the Johnson City Development Authority was going to purchase the John Sevier Center and relocate current residents, she had concerns — not for her, but for her neighbors who rely on the center’s proximity to essential services downtown.
On warm evenings, Shelia Hardin can be found among the many John Seveir Center tenants who come out on the sidewalk to visit and take in the air beneath the trees on Market Street side of the building.
It was the place to be in Johnson City.
Editor’s note: Starting with this edition, the Johnson City Press is exploring the implications of the Johnson City development authority’s plan for the John Sevier Center in a series of articles.
On Christmas Eve, 1989, one of the most destructive and deadly man-made disasters in Johnson City’s history tore through the John Sevier Center.
When the John Sevier Hotel closed in the 1970s to travelers, the building became a home for low-income and many elderly Johnson Citians.