Patten Parkway’s Ross Hotel’s New Future

Monday, April 28, 2014
Ross Hotel
Ross Hotel
- photo by Wes Schultz

The Ross Hotel, the former site of Yesterday’s, has been purchased for rehabilitation and reuse as residential space in City Center. This piece of Chattanooga history at the corner of Georgia Avenue and Patten Parkway will be turned into workforce housing with first floor animation through retail and/or commercial activity.

Acquired by River City Company with the support of the Benwood Foundation as a strategic site for more rental housing in the core of our city, this acquisition was driven from two studies: the recent Downtown Chattanooga Study focused on housing, retail and office market opportunities and the City Center Plan.

The Downtown Chattanooga Study found there is a pent-up demand for housing downtown which could fill almost 900 units of varying types annually. The City Center Plan, which was unveiled in early 2014 and developed by a team of local and regional planners with input from over 600 Chattanoogans, spotlighted 23 current buildings and potential infill sites within City Center that could potentially accommodate over 1,260 housing units – the Ross Hotel being one of those.

Although the redevelopment of this building will provide much needed rental housing in the district, this project also aims to assist in sparking excitement and interest in other potential projects on Patten Parkway and M.L. King from both the private and public sectors for continued redevelopment of this area.

Not only are Patten Parkway and M.L. King prime areas with significant development potential both commercially and residentially but also can act as a thoroughfare from UTC to channel students into downtown.

“The City Center Plan highlighted the amazing opportunity we have to take underutilized buildings and turn them into much needed workforce housing.  We’re excited to lead the charge, as we have for a variety of downtown development over the years,” said Kim White, president and CEO of River City Company. “The Ross Hotel is just one of the many buildings in City Center that can be sites for desired housing.  We hope other building owners see the demand and follow suit.”

A request for proposals (RFP) will be sent to qualified developers for the project, and plans for the site will be announced when available.


Real Estate Transfers For Sept. 22-28

NOTICE: The Hamilton County Register’s Office did not publish this data. All information in the Register’s Office is public information as set out in T.C.A. 10-7-503. For questions regarding this report, please call Chattanoogan.com at 423 266-2325. GI numbers, listed when street addresses are not available, refer to the location of transactions (book number and page number) ... (click for more)

Jennifer Catlett Joins Crye-Leike

Crye-­Leike Real Estate Services announced that Jennifer Catlett of Ringgold has become affiliated with Crye­-Leike's North Georgia branch office. As a realtor and affiliate broker, Ms. Catlett serves the real estate needs of buyers and sellers in and around Hamilton County, as well as Walker and Catoosa counties in Georgia. She specializes in residential real estate. Prior ... (click for more)

Naked Man Involved In Collision On Highway 111 Taken Into Custody

A naked man who was involved in a wreck on Highway 111 late Friday morning is facing numerous charges. At approximately 11:40 a.m., Hamilton County Sheriff deputies started to receive numerous reports that a vehicle was driving erratically on U.S. Highway 111 and that the driver was stopping his vehicle and at one point got out of his vehicle in a naked state. According to ... (click for more)

City Council Incumbents Anderson, Gilbert, Freeman, Hakeem Pick Up Papers Seeking Re-Election

Four City Council incumbents have picked up papers for the March 7 city election. The latest getting qualifying petitions are Russell Gilbert in District 5, Chris Anderson in District 7 and Yusuf Hakeem in District 9. Moses Freeman in District 8 picked up earlier. Anthony Byrd is a possible challenger. Former District 7 Councilman Manny Rico has already qualified. Others ... (click for more)

Chattanooga's Citizens Are The Best

Today, when I finished my shift, my wife and I had a rare kid-free time where she and I could enjoy a nice quiet dinner. So, when I left my extra job and she left her job, we met at a neat local place in St. Elmo. She and I had been looking forward to and planning this dinner all day. You see, between my work with the city of Chattanooga, my many hours of extra jobs, and our responsibilities ... (click for more)

My Garden In October

Just when you thought the weather would never break, the heat was on low this morning as Tide and I stepped from the house to study our October garden. Falling leaves and the dog’s dirty tennis balls aside, let’s praise the Lord that, as a new month dawns, we are still blessed with orchids and onions galore. The dog asks that I include the fact October is National Pet Adoption month ... (click for more)