Developer Horton Resubmits $100 Million "Chattanooga Village" Plan; Says It Is Much Improved

Friday, November 9, 2012

Developer Duane Horton said he was resubmitting today a revised plan for his controversial  "Chattanooga Village" project in Hixson.

The Derryberry public relations firm said he "submitted an 11-page request documenting the steps it has taken to address concerns of the community, many of which exceed current zoning requirements. The proposed 190-acre site is located near the intersection of Highway 153 and U.S. 27 and will cost approximately $100 million to fully develop."

Mr. Horton of Scenic Land Company said, “We’ve had numerous conversations and meetings with Hixson residents and neighbors near the site. We’ve taken a strategic approach to address the concerns, meet zoning requirements, and provide an outstanding project that the citizens of Hixson will benefit from for years to come.”

The PR firm said, "Horton provided additional information that addresses the most frequently asked questions about the proposed project. He noted that the current request for rezoning downsizes the acreage requested for C-2 zoning from 150 acres down to 60. He said that the development team wanted to reassure the community that a mall would not be built on the site.

"In addition, extraordinary steps have been put in place to provide a significant amount of land for water retention and greenspaces. Chattanooga Village will offer Class “A” housing, Class “A” office space and a unique blend of buildings and public spaces that will provide a pedestrian friendly, open air village setting for the Hixson community.

"The result will be a community offering an experience unlike any in the area that will provide jobs and increased tax revenues.

"The developers have also addressed to other areas of concern in their plans: traffic and the height of the hilltop at the site. Horton said that there will be two access points into the area with both coming from Highway 153, well outside of TDOT’s restricted access area. Boy Scout Road will not be used as an access into the project.

"The developers adopted the wishes of the Hixson/ North River Community Plan and have put a plan in place that calls for slopes and buffers that are 100 feet wide. This is over three times the amount of space required by the City ofChattanooga and is exactly what the Community Plan supports. Multi-family units and small offices will be located in areas with steeper slopes, while larger buildings will be located within areas with lesser slopes. Once complete, the hill top on Highway 153 and the majority of the site will be approximately 200 feet aboveBoy Scout Road.

"With plans to work with the North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy and surrounding neighbors, the group committed to the creation of a trail system along the slopes and the buffer zone. The site will also feature public gardens, a town square, village green, innovative streetscaping and outdoor fireplaces."

 “We have an extremely rare opportunity to develop this site into something that is befitting of this special place,” said Mr. Horton. “We intend to be good stewards of this site, both now and in the future. We appreciate the concerns expressed by our neighbors and have taken steps to answer their questions and incorporate many of their thoughts into our plans. The result is a project in which we can all appreciate and enjoy.”


Anturaum Dickey, 36, Arrested For Federal Warrants In Cleveland

Anturaum Montazz Dickey, 36, of Cleveland was taken into custody on federal warrants at a Blount Avenue residence by members of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office’s Fugitive Team, backed up by deputies from BCSO, on a tip provided by members of the United States Marshal’s Service.   An additional charge has been filed on Dickey for possessing a Serbian AK-47 style rifle, ... (click for more)

Local Religious Group Condemns Hammond Comments, Asks Apology

A local religious group, Mercy Junction and Peace Center, has condemned comments by Sheriff Jim Hammond on Muslims and asked for an apology. The group said, " People of all faiths, or of no faith, are invited to join Mercy Junction in front of the Islamic Society of Chattanooga for prayers on Friday afternoon. "Prayers In Solidarity" will take place outside the Islamic ... (click for more)

Who's Responsible For East Ridge's Stadium? - And Response

There just can be no excuse for East Ridge High School's stadium being in such dangerous condition that it has been condemned.   Where is responsible for this? I know there are a few other stadiums like this as well. And there is no excuse for this.  Building new and beautiful schools, state of the art technology. Top athletic facilities as well. Yet, East Ridge ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Barners Trounce Who?

There is a website known as Grammarly that just completed a profound study. An automated proof-reading company (who I hope never finds out about me) collected 100 comments that each included over 50 words from the comment blogs of the nation’s preseason Top 25 college football teams. Then they fed them into the company’s huge algorithm computer and checked each fan base for punctuation, ... (click for more)

East Ridge Football: Home Side Stands Are Closed ... Four Home Games Will Be Played on Campus

The home side football stands and press box at East Ridge High School are closed permanently due to safety issues, but for the 66 teenagers who wear the orange, white and gray for the Pioneers on Friday nights it’s a small distraction and the season continues. “Playing this Friday’s game against Signal Mountain at Baylor (7:30 p.m.) is a small distraction for us, but we know ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Sweeps Red Bank In Volleyball

Signal Mountain coach Jennifer Redman was not a very happy young lady last week when Notre Dame came up and took a 3-1 volleyball win in the Lady Eagles' gym. She knows she has an experienced team with more than her share of talent, but they just hadn't been playing like it to start the season. The veteran coach was somewhat happier Wednesday night after her team took a non-district ... (click for more)