Pam Ladd Waiting Until End To Decide On "Chattanooga Village"

Monday, December 17, 2012

District 3 City Councilwoman Pam Ladd said Monday night she is waiting until all the information is in about the proposed $100 million "Chattanooga Village" until deciding how to vote.

She hosted a public hearing on the controversial topic to a large crowd at City Hall on Monday night.

The City Council is set to vote Jan. 8 on the 190-acre office, retail and apartment project at Highway 153 and Boy Scout Road.

Ms. Ladd said, "I need to wait until all the information is in. Things can change. This project has changed many times and it could change again."

Rick Hill of Bardstown, Ky., told the group about 70 businesses will be located at the development, though he said filling up the retail make take some time. He said the "village type" development is designed to be "flexible" and meet changing retail needs.

Some 2,000 employees will be at the site when it is fully developed and the annual tax contributions will be around $2 million, he said.

Roland Ebert, another expert brought in to redo the plan and make it more environmentally friendly, said the hilltops will be left, though there will be "a little bit of grading" at the top for the roadway.

There is to be a restaurant at the top of one hill.

Attorney Joe Conner, who represents the North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy, said he was told that TDOT has not given any approvals related to an entrance onto Highway 153.

City Traffic Engineer John Van Winkle said some traffic issues remain unresolved.

Members of the audience wondered what will happen to the wildlife at the site and noted that a 2005 TWRA study listed 18 acres at the site as a critical environmental area.

Developer Duane Horton said not all the financing has been firmed, though he said he is in talks with investment firms, pension firms and private equity investors.

No large tenant will commit until the zoning has been secured, the audience was told.

Several questioners wanted to know why the project is being "rushed through" and said there should be a delay until traffic issues are clarified.

The site is owned by Jack Lonas, who has a house on the wooded property.     


Crye-Leike Posts Record Year Of $6.36 Billion In Sales

Tennessee-based Crye-Leike, the nation's fourth largest privately-held residential real estate brokerage firm and the largest in Tennessee and the Mid-South, posted a record sales year of $6.36 billion in 2016, the highest sales performance in the company’s 40-year history.  In comparison, the company reached its peak sales performance at $6.10 billion in 2006.   Crye-Leike’s ... (click for more)

City Of Chattanooga Grants HOME Funds For 16 Affordable Housing Units In Chattanooga

Chattanooga City Council approved a plan from the Department of Economic & Community Development (ECD) to administer more than half a million dollars in federal funds for the creation of 16 affordable housing units in neighborhoods across Chattanooga. These funds from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are designated under the HOME program, ... (click for more)

City Police Officer Seriously Injured In Crash On Dodson Avenue

A Chattanooga Police officer was seriously injured in a crash on Dodson Avenue on Friday afternoon.   Police said the injuries to Sean Lynch, 38, are not life-threatening.   Police responded to a traffic crash at 1400 Dodson Ave.   The crash involved a silver Ford 350 van,  a white Ford Crown Victoria police cruiser driven by Officer Lynch, ... (click for more)

Lawsuit Charges That Georgia Law Firm Stole One Of The Woodmore Elementary Cases From Chattanooga Attorneys

A Circuit Court lawsuit charges that one of the Woodmore Elementary bus wreck cases was stolen from a Chattanooga law firm by Georgia attorneys just shortly after the Nov. 21 tragic crash that killed six students and injured others. It is illegal in Tennessee for attorneys to contact victims of a tragedy for 30 days after the incident. The lawsuit brought by Carl Lewis, father ... (click for more)

CVB Should Share Financials With The Home Folks

The recent debate over the Convention and Visitor's Bureau's funding and budget has gotten ugly. A Hamilton County commissioner has asked questions and made comments about the CVB. The director of the CVB has organized a campaign to dismiss the commissioner's questions and comments. The children on the playground are choosing sides and nothing useful seems to be happening. It's ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Haggling Must Stop

Far be it for me to suggest the Hamilton County Commission and the School Board need to spend more time at recess but it was obvious this week the two groups need to work at being better friends. We have nine county commissioners and just as many corresponding school board members to work together for the betterment of one entity – Hamilton County. Everybody who thinks that is happening ... (click for more)