Chattanooga Housing Authority Votes Unanimously To Accept City's Bid For Harriet Tubman Housing Property

City's Bid Was For $2.6 Million

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - by Hollie Webb
- photo by Hollie Webb

The Chattanooga Housing Authority voted unanimously in a Tuesday morning board meeting to accept the City of Chattanooga's bid for the Harriet Tubman housing project property. The city's bid was for $2.6 million.

Instead of renovating the housing, the city plans to make the area a light industrial zone in order to bring in jobs. 

Commissioner Jim Steffes said, "East Chattanooga needs jobs. It does not need substandard housing."

One of the other bids for the property was from the Lakewood Development Group in Chicago. Its bid was for $3.3 million to develop a new housing site.

However, all of the commissioners agreed that while the CHA would receive more money, Lakewood would not being doing enough to change the property. 

Commissioner Steffes said, "I think taking the initial $700,000 to benefit the Housing Authority directly is a little short sighted. I think in a short time it would not be safe."

He said, "We do not need the amount of density that's there. I do not see that in Lakewood's current offer, that they're going to modify that density. Lakewood has not provided any details as to how they're going to renovate those buildings."

He compared the situation to that of Detroit, saying Detroit had plenty of low-income housing but not enough jobs. 

He said, "I think the chance to revitalize and bring jobs to that area is better than the short term."

He stated, "This is an opportunity I think for CHA to act responsibility," saying he recommended the board accept the city's offer. 

Commissioner Eddie Holmes said he had made a personal commitment to the community, as it was where he grew up. He said, "I feel really good about where this community is going."

He continued, "I personally think the best for it would be to generate some type of opportunity in the community."

- Photo2 by Hollie Webb

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: BECTON, JAMES E  18 SEMINOLE DR DALLAS, 30157  Age at Arrest: 51 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County IN TRANSIT (MAURY COUNTY, TN) --- BOYD, LYDELL LEVON  2110 CHAMBERLAIN AVE CHATTANOOGA, 37404  Age at Arrest: 38 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County VIOLATION OF ... (click for more)

Avery Charged In Attack With Chair Leg At Moccasin Bend That Left Man In Critical Condition

An arrest has been made in the aggravated assault Thursday at the Moccasin Bend Mental Health facility that left 38-year-old Kevin Green in critical condition. He was struck in the head with a chair leg, police said. Leviticus Avery, 37, has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault. He is an inmate at the Hamilton County Jail. ... (click for more)

The Facts About Jail

Since Roy had such a positive reaction to Jeffrey Cross's wonderful (and wonderfully civil--how refreshing) email response to his column on the bike lanes, allow me to speak on the subject of the jail.  First off, Roy's right about some things:  It is overcrowded, underfunded, and understaffed.  This is no secret, it's in the Grand Jury report every term.  Here's ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Black Voice In Memphis

Tennessee got quite a peek at its political barometer Thursday night in Memphis when A.C. Wharton, a once-popular black leader who has been Mayor since 2009, was thoroughly trounced by Jim Strickland, currently on the City Council. Strickland, a white Democrat, may be the first step in bringing the now much-maligned West Tennessee city back to hope and reality. What no one can believe ... (click for more)

Boyd-Buchanan Sloshes Past Meigs, 28-7, For 7th Win

(Story has been updated with remarks from Boyd-Buchanan coach Grant Reynolds) Boyd-Buchanan’s Cooper Hodge ran for two touchdowns and threw for a third on Friday, leading the top-ranked and undefeated Boyd-Buchanan Buccaneers to a 28-7 Region 3-2A football victory over visiting Meigs County on Friday at a rain-soaked – in some spots flooded – David L. Boyd Field. The game ... (click for more)

Turner Rambles For 194 Yards, 3 TDS In Owls 48-7 Victory

Ooltewah’s Cameron Turner rushed for 194 yards and three touchdowns, a tenacious defense held White County to minus-8 yards of total offense and the Owls stormed to a 48-7 Region 4-5A football blowout win Friday night at James N. Monroe Stadium. Turner scored on runs of 16 and 6 yards in the second quarter and added a 3-yard touchdown burst in the third quarter as the Owls improved ... (click for more)