Why Allow New Apartments In An Overcrowded School Zone?

Monday, October 22, 2018

I have to ask why the city of Chattanooga chose to put a 60/40 HUD backed apartment complex on Highway 58 across from Lynda’s Produce in a three school zone that is already overloaded.

The three schools, Central, Brown and Harrison Elementary, are all overloaded and on a morning run all the lanes of 58 are packed with traffic. Now I can only guess what that might add to the mix.

Not to mention that the complex will lower property values for everyone who is around that area as they are all in the county and not the city.  So the city sold this property to a developer that had no clue about the schools, or the traffic, or the values… as it is only a block either side of 58 that the city owns. So all the folks around this complex are in the county so they got no vote on the devalue of their property or the traffic or the schools.

I'm sure the Hamilton County school system was happy as they have yet to come up with the funds to build a new elementary school to relieve the overload that is there now, much less when you add what the apartment complex will add to the mix.

The sad part is nobody in the county got even asked, and I bet they got a tax break for putting an apartment complex there and what must be another not very well thought out plan but only the bottom line of a spread sheet. 

Another reason not to be in the city of Chattanooga.

Med Dement


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