Downtown coffee shop, restaurant, and venue, The Camp House, will be moving to a new, permanent location at the end of 2019.
For the past six months the leadership of The Camp House and Mission Chattanooga, the church which owns and created The Camp House in 2010, have been in the process of identifying a permanent home for both the coffee shop/venue and the church. That search eventually led them to the old Dixie Savings warehouse on 12th Street where they will partner with Infill Communities to rehab and develop a portion of the 90,000-square-foot building.
“We are excited about this move for many of reasons,” said Matt Busby, the director of The Camp House and one of the pastors of Mission Chattanooga.
“First and foremost, it will be a permanent home and offer a level of stability that we have never experienced in our first eight years of operation. Second, it will continue our track record of moving into new spaces in downtown Chattanooga where we can be an anchor and a catalyst as we have been originally on Williams Street and then on ML King.”
The Camp House and Mission Chattanooga began on Williams Street, one block from the Chattanooga Choo Choo, in 2010. When their original five year lease came to a close they moved to their current location on ML King Boulevard, one block from the newly renovated Miller Park. The Camp House will continue operations in their current location until the new space is renovated, which they project will be ready in November 2019.
Mr. Busby said, "The Camp House is well loved as a coffee shop and a cultural venue in the heart of Downtown. Since moving to the Boulevard, The Camp House has been an anchor tenant of the neighborhood and a key third space of the Innovation District. On any given day there is an incredible diversity of public and private leaders, innovators, students, writers, and entrepreneurs working, meeting, and collaborating around their numerous tables. At night the space often transforms into a venue hosting concerts, lectures, film screenings, and private events.
“During this process it was very important to us to remain downtown and continue to serve our city and neighbors as a business and as a church community in the way we have for the past eight years by creating and cultivating culture and community.”
The move to the former Dixie Savings warehouse will be in partnership with Infill Communities, a developer focused on transforming under-utilized urban spaces into vibrant communities.
The redeveloped warehouse will be named Onion Bottom Station, a title that reflects the historic name of the district which at one time was the central farmer’s market and hub of agricultural commerce. Onion Bottom Station will consist of 90,000 square feet of flexible, creative space. The Camp House will be anchoring the west end of the new downtown development and has hired Brandi Hill Reagan of Bloom Architecture and Jeff Cannon of Tucker Build to bring the new space to life.
To keep up with The Camp House’s progress you can follow them on social media on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. For questions, please contact Matt Busby at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on Onion Bottom Station and for all inquiries regarding leasable space in the development please contact Anna Humphries at email@example.com.