First Creek at Austin


Located less than one mile east of Knoxville’s revitalized downtown area on the 23-acre site of the former Austin Homes, First Creek at Austin is at the intersection of Summit Hill Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. Less than one-half mile from the Old City district, the site – initially developed in 1941 – will again serve hundreds of families.

The property is undergoing a full redevelopment to increase the number of available affordable housing units; enhance curb appeal; add public spaces; and provide a direct connection to the Old City.

The first phase of 105 units was completed in November 2021. A second phase of 180 units is scheduled to open in early 2024. The final phase will include approximately 160 units to be added in late 2025.

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Features & Amenities
  • Approximately 420 residential units of mixed-income housing
  • Comprehensive overhaul of site infrastructure
  • Improved site topography
  • New layout of public roads and sidewalks
  • Installation of new underground utilities
  • Creation of large green space/recreation area
  • Addition of community commercial facility
Location Information
East Knoxville, Downtown
1250 Elston Turner Drive
Knoxville, Tennessee 37915
Floor Plans
Community Information

  • Harriet Tubman Park across the street
  • Nearby grocery store
  • Numerous nearby churches
  • Knoxville Area Transit access
  • Public schools: Green Elementary, Vine Middle, Austin-East High
  • On-site resident services staff