Luxury Apartments Behind Choo Choo Are Part Of Burgeoning Southside Growth

Saturday, October 13, 2018 - by John Wilson

Where rows of train tracks once stood behind the Terminal Station, a gated community of upscale apartments is quickly rising.

It is just one of the latest developments on the once sleepy Southside.

A new residential development faced with white brick is rapidly going up nearby at Main and Rossville Avenue.

Tall new townhomes are nearing completion behind the intriguing old Industrial YMCA on Mitchell Avenue that still has not found a reuse though it was restored.

A spacious brick building on South Market across from the Battle Academy has gotten a sandblasting and is ready for a new modern use. 

The latest twist at the Chattanooga Choo Choo is conversion of part of the rear dock into new business compartments, including one for a distillery.

There are already 55 signed leases at Bluebird Row behind the Choo Choo. Its 283 units in three buildings are expected to fill up fast.

Residents will enjoy a long list of amenities - including a clubhouse, luxury pet spa, a community market, a resort style salwater pool with sunshelf, a fourth floor lounge overlooking downtown Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain, two outdoor grilling stations, outdoor firetables, valet waste, a private resident office area with dedicated coffee bar and conference room, a business center, a complimentary coffee bar, a poolside trolley, car charging stations, a concierge package room, elevator access to all units, bike repair stations, a community bike share, fitness and yoga studios, a community study, a bocce ball ourt, outdoor TV areas and a courtyard waterwall. 

Final touches are being put on a reworked Passenger Street leading from the development to Main Street.

It's a Main Street where well within memory it was hard to find enough people on the street for a card game.

Now a city transportation employee advises a group of pedestrians trying to get to the other side of a crosswalk: "Step on out or they'll never stop." 

 


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