I'm probably not seeing things as clearly as I would be if I were looking through the slits of snake's eyes, but I can't figure out why anyone would want to put another "major development" in Hixson, when Northgate Mall and the surrounding areas have so many vacant buildings ripe for the picking.
I'm sure developers occasionally have good intentions, but it seems it's always the 99 percent that give the 1 percent a bad name. This is just my opinion and my opinion alone and I don't speak for anyone but myself, but please leave Hixson alone. Find another area suitable for raping and pillaging. There are two complete shopping centers nearly empty in Redbank, not four miles away, and Northgate Mall is hanging by a thread and could surely use a business injection.
Don't let Mr. Horton rezone. Don't be shortsighted. Give Northgate Mall (and Hixson) a fighting chance.
Hixson (beautiful so far)
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I don't believe I've ever agreed with anything Herb has ever posted on this site, until now. I live proudly in the county just shy of the "Hill Top" project and drive Boy Scout daily. The only problem with living this close to the city/county line is being at the mercy of the city of Chattanooga with no voting power.
The city of Chattanooga being a governing body that continues to, in my opinion (and many others), make horrible/ridiculous decisions. If the city gave a rip about Boy Scout Road area I doubt they would have let the actual Boy Scout Road get to the point it is now. Which is teeth rattling ridiculous, it literally would be a better road if they graded the south end like they did the north end years ago (and never pave it). Not hard to tell where the city/county line starts on Boy Scout. Its scary to think that the governing body seems to have no clue how bad of the current shape one of the roads affected by their "decision" (cough, cough buy out, em I mean, er progress) is in.
The area community doesn't want the development and the negative impacts greatly outweighs some developers attempt to get rich. This is a perfect and easy opportunity for local politicians to show they aren't warped by the almighty dollar. There is no foreseeable benefit to allow this development for anyone other than the city of Chattanooga's tax ability.
I join Herb in his plea to the city of Chattanooga, "Don't Chop the Hill Top."
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There are a lot of considerations when choosing a site for a new development. Cost of purchasing the property, or cost of leasing it. Preparation required in terms of water, sewage,power, and modifications of access from nearby roadways. Proximity to major
highways and projected sales to local population, etc., etc.
If it provides jobs and some tax base, maybe it will "help" the Red Bank economy? Who knows? There is only one way to be sure.
Don't turn opportunities away for now.