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FRAYSER, Tenn. (FOX13) - A once in a lifetime opportunity is waiting for architects, engineers and landscape artists in the Memphis neighborhood of Frayser.

United Housing wants to build energy efficient retirement homes. If successful this would be the second phase of new home construction, something that's uncommon in Frayser.

Wolf River Bluffs is a brand new housing development in Frayser but it's struggling to attract buyers. For less than $130,000 is an asking price for a three-bedroom, two-full bath energy efficient home with a garage.

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"I think the market is slowly rebounding, but it's slow," said Amy Schaftlein of United Housing. "I think it is hard for people to get their credit where it needs to be."

To attract attention United Housing is focusing on acres of land beyond some trees adjacent to the Wolf River Bluffs development. They want to develop 12.5 acres into a retirement community that is environmentally friendly.

"Shelby County as well as the United states is aging," Schaftlein said. "There is a lack of new senior facilities in this area and it will fill that gap."

"Our criteria was a one-acre lake, walking trails, 40 town homes, which would be one or two bedroom apartments basically," added Christine Donhardt with the Memphis and Shelby County Office of Sustainability.

Turning that vision in drawings and models for builders is part of a competition open to architect nationwide. The $15,000 prize is being offered to the firm that submits the winning proposal or design.

"It is being done in other cities," Donhardt said. "It hasn't really caught on yet, and this is opportunity to show the development community what they can do."

"I think the senior facility will create some buzz for the single family homes in the area, because these are new homes in the area because these are new homes that are energy efficient that affordable to average income families and you can't stuff like for that price in this area," Schaftlein added.

United Housing hopes to break ground in the fall on its senior housing project, if they raise enough funds.

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