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.”


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