Volunteer Ministry Center Planned Development at 1501 E. Fifth Avenue
Volunteer Ministry Center, Inc. (VMC) proposes a planned development of 48 one-bedroom apartments on the property located at 1501 E. Fifth Avenue. The development will both preserve and provide new affordable permanent supportive housing for former chronically homeless single men and women.

The planned development proposes demolition of the existing two-story, 19,500 square foot building and new construction of two three-story residential structures, each with an elevator providing access to twenty-four (24) one-bedroom units (approximately 625 square feet each) that include living and sleeping space as well as private kitchens and bathrooms.  


The two structures will be connected to a community building by covered walkways.  The community building will include property and case management offices, lounge and dining areas, a computer lab and a laundry room.  The community space will be made available for use by the community-at-large.  A patio will be constructed at the rear of the building to accommodate outdoor seating and activities.


The architecture and form of the buildings will be consistent with other multifamily structures in Parkridge neighborhood and Magnolia Corridor.   Building materials will include traditional brick masonry (at least 60% of the exterior facades) and fiber cement siding or stucco.  The facility will be secured and enclosed with a five (5) foot ornamental aluminum perimeter fence and a video surveillance system.


The project will be compliant with applicable Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Fair Housing Act (FHA) requirements regarding public and common areas.  Additionally, the project will endeavor to incorporate principles of Visitability such as “Easy Access” with step-free or low-threshold entrances, “Easy Passage” throughout the apartments with door and hallway clearances of at least 32”, and “Easy Use” with single floor units and generous maneuverability throughout living space, kitchens and baths.


The development will be energy efficient and will meet Tennessee Housing Development Agency’s (THDA) ENERGY STAR design criteria, including:


  • High efficiency or dual flush toilets

  • EPA Watersense” rated faucets, shower heads and toilets

  • ENERGY STAR rated frost-free refrigerator with ice maker

  • Light fixtures fitted with ENERGY STAR rated, compact fluorescent or LED bulbs

  • Properly sized ENERGY STAR rated heating and air systems in all units (15 SEER minimum)

  • Electronic programmable temperature control thermostats

  • Entry doors of metal-clad wood, fiberglass or hollow metal construction with a minimum insulated value of R-11

  • Double-glazed, insulated energy efficient windows

  • Attic insulated value of at least R-30

  • Energy efficient/heat-reflective “white roof”