Signal Mountain Welcomes New Community Ground Breaking Of Wild Ridge At Fox Run

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Representatives of Town of Signal Mountain, WWTA, High Acres, Inc., AD Engineering, Capital Mark Bank & Tennessee Valley Wild Ones.
Representatives of Town of Signal Mountain, WWTA, High Acres, Inc., AD Engineering, Capital Mark Bank & Tennessee Valley Wild Ones.

Excitement built as the Planning Commission voted a unanimous “Yes” in favor of the proposed 199-lot community known as Wild Ridge at Fox Run.  A groundbreaking ceremony took place on Tuesday, at Shackleford Ridge Road for a celebration of this unique green community that will be ready for occupancy in 2014.

While planning Wild Ridge, preservation of wetlands, woodlands and wildlife habitat was a primary goal, with over 50% of the 124-acre tract being left undisturbed. At Wild Ridge, 98% of the homes either touch green space or have access to an additional 51-acre nature park for abundant recreational opportunities. Prior to development, native plant and wildflowers were relocated by Tennessee Valley Wild Ones and an in-depth inventory of trees was taken in order to retain mature and unique trees where possible.

“Wild Ridge will be an Eco-Sensitive Community – for all phases of life… while blending and recapturing the unique feel of Olde Town and Summertown”, said Jack Kruesi, owner and developer of the land. Mr. Kruesi has selected Mike Moon to design and build homes in Wild Ridge. Together, they have over 75 years of building and development experience and have resided on Signal Mountain for over 100 years.  They are looking forward to bringing “balanced growth” to Signal Mountain.

Wild Ridge will consist of “The Cottages,” mostly four-bedroom homes, “The Retreat,” a three-bedroom patio home, and “The Bungalows,” homes with an even smaller footprint of two bedrooms.  Along with a variety of housing sizes, amenities will be offered for residents, which include four miles of hiking trails, community gardens, solar components, and the capacity to charge electric cars at every home.

The Wild Ridge at Fox Run community will be tucked away in nature and entirely buffered from Shackleford Ridge Road. A large pergola near the entrance will be erected to encourage community gatherings and a central school bus stop.  Home clustering is planned for a close sense of community, along with sidewalks throughout.  A state of the art decentralized waste disposal system will allow effluent from each home to be more pure than current creek readings on Signal Mountain.

Signal Mountain has it all. It is only 15 minutes away from downtown Chattanooga, has a school system that is on par with the best in the country, ample recreational opportunities, and has been voted as the best place in Tennessee to raise children according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek.  Wild Ridge at Fox Run will enhance superior living on Signal Mountain while creating usable and attractive open space for residents and wildlife.  If hiking, trail running, photography, bird-watching, gardening, playing in a creek, or simply relaxing or enjoying nature from your backporch fits your lifestyle, you will want to call Wild Ridge “home”. To learn more about this unique development, visit

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