CFC Interested In Having 3 Soccer Fields At 13 Acres Of Montague Park Available For Development; Montague Descendants Oppose Any Commercial Use

Thursday, August 22, 2019

The city of Chattanooga is seeking Requests for Proposals for the development of 13 acres at Montague Park by E. 23rd Street.

A pre-bid meeting was held at the site on Wednesday morning, and the proposals are due by Sept. 10.

A city panel will review the proposals and make a recommendation.

Tim Kelly, chairman and co-founder of the Chattanooga Football Club, confirmed that CFC has an interest in developing three soccer fields at the property.

Another possible applicant is the board of the Sculpture Fields, which uses a site at the park next door for a sculpture park.

Mr. Kelly said, "It would the Chattanooga FC Foundation, which is a separate 501(c)(3), but worth noting that we are also including the Chattanooga Rugby guys and some other partners in our bid."

Last December, Donna Williams, administrator of city economic and community development, said a request for proposals would be issued soon on the section of the park along E. 23rd.

She said the aim was "economic development and job creation."

That section of the 45.5-acre park at the time was used by Chattanooga Rugby. Ms. Williams said the contract with the rugby club had expired. She said there would be a new three-month contract to allow the club to finish the current season.

Meanwhile, some Montague descendants are keeping a close eye on the city's plans.

Carrington Montague said he and his brother, Rick Montague, have both retained attorneys.

Carrington Montague said, "My great-grandfather gave 40 acres to the city for a park. We will vigorously oppose any commercial use that may be proposed, and we support the open access for public use."


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