Chattanooga Design Studio Enlists Public To Help Plan Future Of South Broad Street District

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Based on the culmination of a public input that engaged more than 250 local citizens, the Chattanooga Design Studio announced the completion of a report outlining future plans for the South Broad District.

“Citizen input is the foundation of all great urban design so we are proud to release recommendations derived from hundreds of participating residents, business owners and the general public,” said Eric Myers, executive director of the Chattanooga Design Studio. “In an effort to help ensure future success within the district, we were determined that this project remain a community-led guide to the long-term revitalization of South Broad.”

Started last August, the comprehensive economic development study includes plans for the areas of South Broad Street, Southside Gardens, the I-24 corridor, as well as the Howard School and South Market Districts. The study has already inspired collaboration amongst private and public entities. In fact, Hamilton County Schools announced selection of Barge Design Solutions to lead the design of a new stadium and track for Howard High School. “Barge appreciates the opportunity to support the Public Schools of Hamilton County and the continued growth and success of the Howard and Southside communities,” said Russell Morehead, Barge’s vice president and client services leader.

“The Foundry site, along with the entire South Broad area, is an incredibly important connector to downtown and is primed for large scale redevelopment that can really add to the fabric of our urban area,” said Kim White, president of River City Company. “The transformation of this site is highly important for our community, and we look forward to offering insight, guidance and partnership when appropriate to assist in the success of this district.”

“This study builds upon prior planning efforts and incorporates current citizen input in order to update the principles by which the future of the district is measured,” said Councilman Erskine Oglesby. “It’s important that we are guiding our community in a highly connected manner from current plans. That’s why moving forward, we plan to take this report through a formal adoption process.”

A final report presentation and open house will be held next Monday from 5-6:30 p.m., in meeting room 1A at the Development Resource Center at 1250 Market Street.

The final report has been reviewed in-depth by multiple city agencies prior to its completion and is now available on the project website: https://southbroaddistrict.org/.


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