Horton Making New Try For $100 Million Hixson Development

Friday, December 6, 2013

After failing to get City Council approval for rezoning on a major Hixson project, developer Duane Horton is making a new try.

He made a public presentation on Thursday and said he will next go back to the Planning Commission.


The new plan for “Hillocks Farm”  incorporates input from six meetings with the Hixson Review committee, a group appointed by Chattanooga City Council members Chip Henderson, Ken Smith and Jerry Mitchell to ask questions, gather information and, provide input about the proposed project, publicist Robin Derryberry said.

She stated, "The result is a project that provides a 100-foot natural buffer around the property as well as stormwater infrastructure that exceeds the most stringent regulations in the city of Chattanooga’s history; and, a traffic plan that provides six lanes into the site.  The current project not only meets all of the requests of the community but also provides a plan that will support the local economy by keeping dollars with Hixson’s Trade Area." 

The project is now located in District 1 of the city, which is represented by Chip Henderson.  It was formerly located in District 3, which was represented by former Council member Pam Ladd and is now represented by Ken Smith. 

Developer Duane Horton said that along with the hilltop being preserved, the new plan calls for less than a third of the land originally proposed being moved from the site.  He said, “With this new plan, we’ve addressed every community concern related to this site and have incorporated changes that add to the beauty as well as sustainability for the project.  With this input, the project is well positioned to provide a boost to the economy.” 

He said, "No building will occur with pre-leases in place.  In addition, with the new stormwater plan, the neighborhood will be able to treat the currently untreated water coming off of Highway 153 and surrounding developments that already run through the property during rain events.  Along with strict regulations, the purchase of an insurance policy will guarantee that the team is moving forward appropriately and is prepared to address any issue, should one arise."

He said, “We are grateful for the time the community has taken to work with us on this important project. Together, we’re creating an amazing place that is worthy to call Hixson its’ home.”

The property near Highway 153 and Coolidge Parkway is owned by Jack Lonas.




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