City Council Unanimously Approves Major Hixson Project Near Highway 153, Dayton Boulevard

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The City Council on Tuesday night unanimously approved a major apartment, office and retail project near the intersection of Highway 153 and Boy Scout Road.

Councilman Chip Henderson noted it was "a very different atmosphere from what we had a year ago" when another proposal by the same developer was voted down.

Developer Duane Hixson changed the name of the project from Chattanooga Village to Hillocks Farm and worked closely with a nine-member Hixson Review Committee that included three City Council members.

There was only one voice of opposition, and he spoke mainly about the unsatisfactory Highway 153/Dayton Boulevard intersection that requires a U turn to get on in one direction.

Most of the 190-acre site is owned by Jack Lonas, and there is only one residence on the steep site.

There will be two entrances to the project, including on Highway 153 and on Stone Ridge Drive. Mr. Horton said his firm will pay for a widening of Highway 153 as well as improvements to the nearby Boy Scout Road.

There are 42 acres for 280 apartments, 48 for offices and 87 for commercial. Thirteen acres will be retained as a buffer. There will be a buffer from 30-100 feet around the site.

Mr. Horton said it will be "an agrarian development with gardens, squares, walks and a number of public facilities."

He said, “It has been a priority for us throughout this process to meet all standards recommended for this project, and even exceed those expectations by including the Hixson community in developing the site plan,” said Horton.  “We believe that our transparency throughout this process, as well as inclusion of RPA and community requests will make Hillocks Farm a significant, lasting success in Hixson.”

The development team plans to begin design and permitting of plans immediately.


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