Planning Agency Staff Recommends Approval For Chattanooga Whiskey Distillery, Restaurant, Whiskey-Tasting At 4th And Market

Monday, February 3, 2014

The Regional Planning Agency is recommending approval for a zoning change to allow Chattanooga Whiskey Company to operate a downtown distillery.

The RPA staff said, "The applicant is proposing to redevelop a prominent downtown structure into a mix of uses that will serve to animate the street, and provide new and unique amenities to the urban core. Since the proposal is consistent with the Downtown Plan, is an extension of an existing zone, and would provide one zoning designation for the entire property, staff recommends approval of the request to rezone the remaining portion of the applicant’s property to C-3 Central Business District."

It will be the first Chattanooga distillery since Prohibition days, though the city has a number of mini-breweries.

The Legislature had to pass enabling legislation to make it possible.

The .34-acre site is currently split-zoned. The northern part of the property (.21 acres) is zoned C-3 Central Business District, the southern portion of the property (.13 acres) is zoned M-1 Manufacturing. 

The zoning request says the applicants are requesting to zone .13 acres of their property from M-1
Manufacturing to C-3 Central Business District, "for the purposes of a small-scale whiskey distillery and restaurant. The applicant intends to offer tours of the facility and whiskey tasting."

The site is the old four-story John Ross Building that fronts on Market Street and runs back to Broad.

Tim Piersant and Joe Ledbetter head the Chattanooga Whiskey Company, and former city official Andrew Kean has joined the group.

The zoning case comes before the Planning Commission next Monday at 1 p.m.

The Planning Commission is also taking up a "Resolution to Amend the Chattanooga City Code, Chapter 38 Zoning Ordinance, to Add Distilleries as an Allowable Use Under Special Exceptions Permit Requirements in the C-2 Convenience Commercial Zone, C-3 Central Business Zone, UGC Urban General Commercial Zone and the M-1 Manufacturing Zone."


Dalton Police Arrest 8 In Prostitution Sting

The Dalton Police Department arrested eight potential “Johns” in a prostitution sting  on Wednesday  night. In recent months, Dalton detectives have received complaints of prostitutes operating in the area and have been investigating.  An undercover officer posed as a prostitute for the operation. Investigators placed an ad online and the suspects agreed to ... (click for more)

Grand Jury No Bills And True Bills

Here are the latest no bills and true bills from the Hamilton County Grand Jury: No Bills: ANDERSON, GLORIA LORENE B 31 F 0 1 GS 1570989 DRIVING ON REVOKED LICENSE ANDERSON, GLORIA LORENE B 31 F 0 2 GS 1570990 LIGHT LAW VIOLATION ARD, KEVIN W 32 M 0 1 GS 1182477 VIOLATION OF REGISTRATION LAW ARD, KEVIN W 32 M 0 2 GS 1182478 FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY LAW ARD, KEVIN ... (click for more)

Getting The Message

Our school age youth have inspired me with their responses during “Q and A” sessions after my readings as a volunteer during African American History Celebrations and Read across America Celebration, too.  Before this school year, I read to classes at Orchard Knob Elementary School and at Rivermont Elementary School, here in Hamilton County.   Their answers to factual ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Ed Chief ‘Embarrassed’

At the start of the school year in September, Tennessee’s Commissioner of Education Dr. Candice McQueen held an “educational summit” with state legislators from embattled Hamilton County. The entire “summit” took a prescribed 90 minutes and was such a dog-and-pony show her strongest statement was, "Create your plan around the right vision, have some metrics and align to the right ... (click for more)

Ooltewah Softball Ranked No. 33 In MaxPreps Preseason Top 50

Ooltewah’s softball team is ranked No. 33 nationally in the Maxpreps Preseason Top 50 and junior Kayla Boseman is on the website’s preseason All-America team. The Lady Owls finished third in the 2015 TSSAA Class 3A state tournament, but was eliminated by Stewarts Creek 6-2 in the sectional. Ooltewah has a combined record of 81-16 over the past two seasons. Coach Jon Massey ... (click for more)

Silverdale Girls Claim District 5-A Championship

The face and philosophy might have changed, but the expectations for the Silverdale Baptist Academy girls’ basketball team remained the same. Heading into the season with five seniors and a first-year, first-time head coach in Victor Underwood, the Lady Seahawks had their sights set on winning a District 5-A championship. Wednesday night, they achieved that goal with ... (click for more)