City Bond Board Sends Tubman TIF On To City Council, County Commission

Monday, December 2, 2019

The city's Industrial Development Board (IDB) on Monday voted to send a proposed Tax Increment Financing district (TIF) at the Tubman site in East Chattanooga on to the City Council and the County Commission.

Several state entities also need to approve the TIF, that would use tax proceeds from the district for $5.4 million in infrastructure improvements over the next 20 years. That includes rebuilding a road to the plant site at the rear of the property near railroad tracks.

Nippon Paint is planting a $59 million automotive paint facility at 29 acres of the former public housing project.

Jimmy Rodgers abstained, saying he agreed with residents who asked "Why the rush?" on the TIF.

Jermaine Harper of city economic development said one factor was that Nippon is anxious to begin the project, which he said will be a "campus" and serve the firm's North American headquarters.

On the issue of why the TIF boundaries could not be extended to include sections such as a Village Center on Glass Street and the Buster Brown site, he said the district was required to be close to Nippon so it can be directly affected. He said a wide boundary would diffuse the effectiveness of the improvements.

He said the paint plant, which will hire 150 workers, will not take all the Tubman site. There will be 15 acres remaining as well as five acres across Southern Street owned by the city.

Mr. Freeman said there will be a public hearing in January on what residents want to see on those 20 acres. He said a Request for Proposals would go out in February with a "master developer" in place by March to being developing that portion.

The City Council will take up the issue on Tuesday night.

Mr. Freeman said some nearby residents should be able to find jobs at the new paint plant. Questioned by Mr. Rodgers, he said there was no requirement that the plant use local residents during construction of the facility.

Mr. Rodgers said that appeared to be "a lost opportunity."

Mr. Freeman said working out a Community Benefits agreement with Nippon was strictly up to the residents, and the city was "staying back" from that.

The city earlier donated the 19 acres to Nippon.

Also, the city is paying to move a 75-year-old terra cotta sewer that bisects the property.

Dr. Everlena Holmes said a wider boundary could help bring needed sidewalks and lighting to East Chattanooga.

She also said the project should wait until the Historic River to the Ridge Plan is unveiled in March.

Eric Atkins of the Unity Group also asked for an expanded boundary. 

He said, "This should serve as a catalyst for the growth of all of East Chattanooga."


Latest Hamilton County Arrest Report

Georgia Coronavirus Cases Near 44,000; 47 New Deaths For Total Of 1,895; Whitfield Tops 300 Cases; Walker Goes Over 100

State Supreme Court Opens Door For Resumption Of Jury Trials In Early July


Here is the latest Hamilton County arrest report: ADAMS, JOSEPH LEBRON SLAYTON DRIVE CHATTANOOGA, Age at Arrest: 34 years old Arresting Agency: East Ridge Booked for Previous Charges ... (click for more)

Georgia state health officials reported on Tuesday there have been 1,895 people in the state who have died from the coronavirus - 47 more since Monday. The confirmed cases are now at 43,983 ... (click for more)

The State Supreme Court has issued a new order that would open the way for the resumption of jury trials in early July. The order says jurors should bring masks to jury duty and court personnel ... (click for more)



Breaking News

Latest Hamilton County Arrest Report

Here is the latest Hamilton County arrest report: ADAMS, JOSEPH LEBRON SLAYTON DRIVE CHATTANOOGA, Age at Arrest: 34 years old Arresting Agency: East Ridge Booked for Previous Charges or Other Reason(s) --- ARRINGTON, REGINALD JR 1850 S BYRE ROAD APT 5 TOLEDO, 43614 Age at Arrest: 32 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County RESISTING STOP, FRIST, HALT, ARREST ... (click for more)

Georgia Coronavirus Cases Near 44,000; 47 New Deaths For Total Of 1,895; Whitfield Tops 300 Cases; Walker Goes Over 100

Georgia state health officials reported on Tuesday there have been 1,895 people in the state who have died from the coronavirus - 47 more since Monday. The confirmed cases are now at 43,983 up from 43,400 - an increase of 583. Hospitalizations are at 7,640 - up 133 since Monday. Whitfield County has 20 new cases for a total of 303, and seven deaths. Twenty-three have been ... (click for more)

Opinion

Remembering Mendon John Price

It was sad to see that Mendon John Price had passed away. He was the wheelchair bound street musician that many of you saw outside of the Lookouts games and the Tivoli events. He would be playing his harmonica. He once was cited in front of me for panhandling and blocking traffic on the street or sidewalk down where the Lookouts play. Fortunately for him, he came in front ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Child Of World War II

I am a child of World War II. Actually, I was born four years after the Japanese surrender – the 75 th anniversary of which will be celebrated this summer – but in my formative years I can very distinctly remember sitting on the floor of DeSales Harrison’s family room at the foot of Lookout Mountain’s East Brow Road and holding the Gendaito (a type of Samurai sword) that ‘Dee’ accepted ... (click for more)

Sports

Fulmer Issues Statement On SEC Decision To Allow Return To Activity By Student-Athletes

Tennessee Athletic Director Phillip Fulmer provided the following response to the SEC decision to allow student-athletes to return to campuses: Southeastern Conference leadership on Friday voted to allow voluntary, in-person athletics activities on league campuses starting Monday, June 8. Each SEC institution will make localized decisions regarding when and how student-athletes ... (click for more)

Randy Smith: Baseball And Memorial Day

Memorial Day 2020 is in the books and it was one of the very best holidays I have ever spent. All of my kids and grandkids came to our house. They swam from noon until after 8 p.m., hardly getting out of the pool to eat at all. My son Davey has become quite the chef and he prepared smoked chickens and ribs on the smoker. My daughter Christi made her usual fabulous dishes including ... (click for more)