Chattanooga Village Project Could Be Back On the Table

Reported by: Caitlyn Jones

Edited by: Caitlyn Jones
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Updated: 9/05/2013 9:36 am
        Hixson residents still have major concerns with the development of Chattanooga Village.
        "We're looking at traffic problems 153 is already congested, we're looking at pollution in the creek that storm water runoff might bring," said resident Ellie Wallis.
        This time, community members are getting more input on the front end.
        Chattanooga city council members Chip Henderson, Ken Smith, and Jerry Mitchell each appointed three community members to be part of a committee.
        They'll meet with Developer Duane Horton to discuss concerns for the project before any official plans are submitted.
        "They're looking at issues that I tried to tell them two years ago, you need to look at these issues.  Now we're looking at them," said Jerry Jones.
        Last year Horton tried to get 190 acres off Highway 153 rezoned by city council so he could develop Chattanooga Village, but the mass opposition from the community eventually led to the council turning down his request.
        So, he's trying again.
        "When developers present a plan for a rezone to the RPA and goes to city council then it's turned down at that point, they have the opportunity to re-submit some plan or new plan nine months later," said Ken Smith.
        "I learned a lot," said Horton,  "We have a better idea of what their goals and objectives are and we want to incorporate every one of them as we can."
        Horton says nothing is set in stone yet, but he hopes he can get the community on board with his plans.
        "We believe this is a great site that can bring jobs, tax base, and be an asset developed in the market that doesn't exist in Chattanooga," Horton said.
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