Jim Berry's Liberty Tower Unveiled On Chestnut Street

Thursday, May 16, 2013
- photo by Lawson Whitaker

The newest addition to Chattanooga’s growing skyline, Liberty Tower, was unveiled Thursday with a dedication celebration that included city, state and international VIPs and the unveiling of a rare 11-foot Statue of Liberty replica.

The statue is owned by the Berry Family and has been loaned to Liberty Tower for display in the lobby by Jim Berry, president and managing partner of Liberty Tower LLC. Chattanooga’s Statue of Liberty replica will become a landmark and lasting memorial, officials said.

Cast from the original 1878 mold, by decree of the French government, only 12 such statues can be made and this Lady Liberty is the third of four that currently exist.

“We are honored to have the opportunity to share a unique replica of this incredible national monument with our community,” said Mr. Berry. “This statue is an ideal cornerstone for our new building and a dramatic example to businesses nationally and globally that Chattanooga is the community for your business to call home.”

Chattanooga’s own Lady Liberty will also welcome visitors to the newly renovated and energy efficient Liberty Tower. Located at 605 Chestnut Street, Liberty Tower features 192,000-plus square feet of Class A office space. The structure has also been completely remodeled as a green office building and is pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

Officials said, "In addition to being energy efficient, Liberty Tower will also make a statement in the nighttime sky with its innovative light emitting diode (LED) system that is energy efficient and customizable. The LED 'green' lighting can display a rainbow of colors and even animated sequences to be used on special occasions."

Another key renovation for downtown is an elevated and enclosed pedway spanning Sixth Street that connects Liberty Tower with Liberty Garage.

Key tenants include Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, law firm and the accounting firm of Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain occupying more than five floors of the 192,000+-square-foot building.

All tenants of Liberty Tower receive complimentary memberships to The Walden Club for private dining functions. In the future Liberty Park will be developed just across Chestnut Street allowing building occupants to enjoy green space within the urban environment.

“Our goal is to have Liberty Tower set the standard for renovated, energy efficient office space in Chattanooga,” said Mr. Berry. “With our own Statue of Liberty as a landmark and the amenities and features that matter to business, we believe this building can show the world what a great place to do business Chattanooga is today.”


Miller And Martin Names Nashville Attorney To Head Health Care Practice Group

Miller & Martin PLLC announced that Nashville attorney David Lewis will head the health care practice group for the southeast firm, according to Jim Haley, chairman. Mr. Lewis joined Miller & Martin’s Nashville office in May after serving as the vice president and associate legal counsel at LifePoint Hospitals in Brentwood.  He will be responsible for the ongoing ... (click for more)

Michael Williams Has Law License Suspended

Michael Gregory Williams, of Hamilton County, was suspended from the practice of law on Thursday by Order of the Tennessee Supreme Court for four years.  The suspension will begin on Nov. 9. A Petition for Discipline was filed on Oct. 30, 2013, alleging that Mr. Williams had misappropriated funds from an estate for which he had been appointed administrator and had failed ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Area Under Hard Freeze Warning As Winter Comes Early

The Chattanooga area was under a freeze warning as winter rushed in early. The biting weather came as crew members were about to hit the water for the annual Head of the Hooch at Ross's Landing. Here is the warning: ...FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM EST /2 AM CST/ TO 9 AM EST /8 AM CST/ SUNDAY ... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MORRISTOWN HAS ISSUED ... (click for more)

Downtown Chattanooga Apartment Complex That Brought $3 Million Profit Exempt From Most Taxes Until 2022 Under PILOT

A downtown Chattanooga apartment complex that recently was sold at a $3 million profit is exempt from most property taxes through 2022 under a PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) agreement.   No payment of school taxes was included in the deal for Walnut Commons at Walnut Street and Aquarium Way.   The only taxes due on the property for the next eight ... (click for more)

Time To Fix The TIFs

What if Chattanooga policy makers and taxpayers used several recent business announcements as a wakeup call to learn more about how our community decides what companies get property tax breaks? If enough people accept this assignment, it just might result in the adoption of some sound policies and procedures to guide us in the future. We read in the newspapers this week that ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden In November

As the first day of November arrives today, it is cold enough in my garden to officially certify that fall has fell! There are even signs of ice on the ground but there is a bounty crop of acorns so, in keeping with our monthly tradition, some will get shiny acorns and others will get a chunk of cold ice: A SHINY ACORN for Patriots football coach Bill Belichick for scoffing at ... (click for more)