Better Plan For Walnut Street Hotel

Friday, August 29, 2014
Mitch Patel and his Vision Hospitality Group have unveiled a revised plan for a hotel on Walnut Street. It is much better than the one proposed two years ago. By having no curb cuts on Walnut Street, it makes that special block near the bridge more inviting and safer for pedestrians. Deliveries would be off Riverfront Parkway and hotel access (valet parking) would be off Aquarium Way (2nd Street). The proposed 130 space structured parking deck would accommodate guests, staff and patrons of the restaurant.

It seems appropriate that Chattanooga's first boutique hotel be located near the Hunter Museum, Bluff View Arts District, and the iconic Walnut Street Bridge. Kudos to Mr. Patel for his "vision" and for his expressed willingness to work with neighboring homeowners and other stakeholders as this project moves through the review process. 

Here's hoping that the final plan saves that magnificent old tree on Aquarium Way, recognizing it as a special feature of the site and neighborhood. 

Helen Burns Sharp

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