Planning Commission Recommends Approval for 4-Story St. Elmo Commercial/Residential Building

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Planning Commission on Monday afternoon approved a four-story commercial/residential project near the Incline Railway in St. Elmo.

A number of residents of the historic suburb had expressed concern about the height of the building near Mojo Burrito on Old Mountain Road.

Paul Teruya, a developer from the Southside, said he had held several meetings with neighbors and made several concessions.

He said the building will include 5,000 square feet of commercial space, 15 one-bedroom units and 12 two-bedroom units.

Mr. Teruya called it "the first multi-unit development in St. Elmo in decades."

There was also a request for several single-family homes to the rear, but that had to be delayed because the request had changed from R-1 to RTZ.

Mr. Teruya said the initial request was for six homes and that has been cut to four.

There is a 12-foot rise in elevation from the front of the property to the rear.

One of the foes was Alan Fields, who has long occupied a commercial building next to the site. He said he had dozens of hand-written letters from those who are concerned about the height of the structure.

He said it goes against the land use map for the area, which he said called for one or two stories and a maximum of three.

The president of the St. Elmo neighborhood association Paige Wichman said that the developer and architect have invited residents to participate in a series of meetings about the development.

A man who bought a lot nearby with plans to build a house for his family agreed that clustered rentals would be better.

Mya Abernathy, who said her 100-year-old grandmother has lived all her life in the neighborhood said she was concerned about traffic and blocking of views.


Commissioners Chide Augusta Developer For Not Talking With Lincoln Park Residents

Some Planning Commission members on Monday chided an Augusta, Ga., developer for not talking with Lincoln Park residents about a proposal to construct 387 multi-family residential units on a 17.7-acre former manufacturing site on Riverside Drive. The location is across from the Boathouse Restaurant. However, Commissioner Don Moon said he might have done the same thing. He said ... (click for more)

Collier Casts Deciding Vote In Denial On 7 Lakes Subdivision Lots Request

New Planning Commission Chairman Ethan Collier does not have to vote often, but he was called on to break a 7-7 tie on Monday afternoon. The issue was a request from developer Emerson Russell that would have allowed the development of three "estate size" lots involving the approval of 10-foot flag lots. Chairman Collier voted to deny the request. Linda Woodall said she ... (click for more)

Erlanger Health System Projecting $10.8 Million Profit - With Help From $19 Million In Federal Funds

Erlanger Health System is projecting a $10.8 million profit for the upcoming fiscal year - with the help of $19 million in federal funds from a pool for public hospitals. The $19 million received in time for the current budget helped avoid a sizable deficit. The hospital is hoping the federal funds will be coming on an annual basis. At the start of the last fiscal year, ... (click for more)

History Center Gets $400,000 Grant From National Endowment For The Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded grants totaling more than $800,000 to three Tennessee projects that aim to display and preserve historical materials. Winning grants Monday included the Chattanooga History Center, which will get $400,000 to install a permanent, multimedia exhibit on the history of Chattanooga. The University of Tennessee-Knoxville will ... (click for more)

I'm Number One In A Round About Way

Roundabouts have been popping up all over Chattanooga over the past few years and for the most part have been successful.  Unfortunately there are some who just don’t get it as I have found out the hard way.    My latest instance was last week when a young woman on her cell phone almost t-boned me as she flew into the roundabout without yielding.  A near miss ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Judge Philyaw Is The Best

Tomorrow morning there will be a special gathering at the Hamilton County Juvenile Court that will prove to our community that we have perhaps the most innovative juvenile judge in America. Shortly after Rob Philyaw was hand-picked by our Hamilton County Commissioners to fill the remainder of Suzanne Bailey’s term 15 months ago, he found that truancy was a big problem in our schools. ... (click for more)