Old Foundry Site Makes Bad First Impression For Chattanooga - And Response (2)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

I  travel I-24 into and out of Chattanooga several times a week, most weeks. It use to be the smell of the foundry's from Wheland and U.S. Pipe you first noticed as you rounded Moccasin Bend into the Scenic City. One thing about that though, they were producing needed products and jobs.

As I came into Chattanooga at the end of last week, driving in the right hand lane I looked at the mini van to my left passing me. The lady in the passenger seat had a small video camera filming the entrance into Chattanooga. As they got passed me she turned away from the river scene and towards the ultra eyesore, turned graffiti haven, of the deserted Wheland and U.S. Pipe plants. She immediately put her camera down and made a grimace face as she pointed at the nasty sight.

I realize many things in life aren't perfect, but it is so hard to make a good first impression. Does anyone know who really owns these old facilities, who is responsible for them still existing in the dilapidated state they are in? I mentioned this to someone and they said there are laws on the books concerning these types places, that they should have already been torn down. 

 I find it extremely confusing that so many are concerned about public art and other window dressings concerning the Scenic City, that the entrance to the city, where the river flows so readily in full view, is contrasted by a literal graffiti dump? Sorry, this observation isn't from some well connected, up-scaled, well funded, study group, but I feel it is worthy of consideration. 

Joe Blevins
Guild, Tn.

* * * 

I totally agree with the opinion concerning the old Wheland Foundry.  I would also add the building next to Finley stadium as areas that are way overdue for razing. 

Tim Fordice

* * * 

I believe that state and local building, fire, and land codes most certainly apply to these former industrial sites.  That land was acquired by a group from the federal courts.  I believe it is the same developers that recently received a $9 million dollar Aetna Mountain TIF bond issue from the .Gov Bank of Chattanooga Taxpayers.   

It is quite strange that the building and land codes don’t apply to the Southern Foundry property. Why would the federal bankruptcy court release property for sale, without provisions that the land be rendered compliant with public health and safety codes? 

If the developers wanted the property, they should be required to comply with building codes and tear down the buildings. Otherwise, we have a different set of codes for dilapidated buildings for them, and another for us. 

In fact, most businesses with dilapidated and abandoned buildings typically get citied to court, and lien issued on the property for demolition by the local government. Why are building and land codes being ignored with regard to these buildings for years? 

Local codes officers will take a property owner to court over high grass and weeds, or even wild flowers, so this is very odd that building and safety codes are simply being ignored and dilapidated buildings are allowed to violate the rules for years.

If these developer bought the property, they also bought the liability.  It is a disgrace to Chattanooga. 

Tear down those disgraceful buildings. 

April Eidson



Mental Health Patients Are Crying Out For Help

First and foremost, my heart and prayers go out to all the victims and family in the horrific and brutal Florida school shooting. Hearts and minds of all U.S. citizens will always have a special place for these innocent people who were ruthlessly gunned down. The first conclusion that people want to jump to is gun control and point fingers at our government and law makers who ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

It wasn’t lost on me that during Valentine Week, when we most remember those we love, this first story was included in my weekly email. As has become my habit, every Saturday I try to come up with a new edition of The Saturday Funnies because I get some delightful ones that are shared by my friends during the week. We must never waste a giggle. So in keeping with my ... (click for more)

Woman Killed, Another Injured, In Drive-by Shooting Early Sunday Morning On Chestnut Street

A woman was killed and another injured in a drive-by shooting on Chestnut Street early Sunday morning. The Chattanooga Police Department responded to a shooting call at 1:27 a.m. in the 1800 block of Chestnut Street .  Upon arrival, officers located two female victims in a vehicle suffering from gunshot wounds. HCEMS responded to the scene and transported both parties ... (click for more)

Woman Killed At Foot Of Lookout Mountain After Truck Loses Brakes

A woman was killed at the foot of Lookout Mountain on Saturday morning after her car was struck by a truck that had lost its brakes coming down the mountain. The victim was identified as Mallory Baldschun. A child in her Toyota Tacoma had minor injuries, police said. The driver of the International Prostar truck, James Wilson, also had minor injuries. Two other vehicles ... (click for more)

Cleveland Wins AAA State Mat Title

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Chattanooga-area wrestling teams didn’t dominate the TSSAA traditional state tournament this weekend like they have in the past, but they were better than average and still had a lot to celebrate. All three teams that won titles in the State Duals here at the Williamson County Agricultural Exposition Park came back to win again this time, including Cleveland ... (click for more)

District 5-3A: Blue Raiders, Mustangs Advance To Boys' Final

CLEVELAND, Tenn. – For the most part, seedings for postseason high school basketball tournaments hold up well. There are upsets, at times. Some mild. Some more stunning. On “Semifinal Saturday” in District 5-3A at Walker Valley High School, three favorites won, including both higher seeded girls’ teams. Second-ranked Bradley Central, unbeaten at 27-0 and the No. ... (click for more)