Brainerd Road near East Gate Center is getting a make-over, thanks to Metro Airport.
Those abandoned auto dealerships will soon give way to green spaces, and that's just the beginning.
If you're driving north on Brainerd Road, you have to look hard to see the airport and runway off to the north.
But not for long.
A coalition of local groups is changing the landscape and the work is now underway.
CAROL BERZ, CITY COUNCIL MEMBER "This is what should be happening in a city. Private and public partnership ..Working together, talking together, and making great things happen for our airport."
City representatives along with airport leaders gathered on the parking lot of the old Prebul dealership in the 5900 block of Brainerd Road.
That's near Chickamauga Creek which frequently swell out of its banks.
RUSSELL GILBERT, CITY COUNCIL MEMBER "This is an opportunity to curb some of the flooding in this area, by having something more beautiful as a whole. I hope in the future we'll have a connection with street to this area so you can walk miles to see the beauty of Chattanooga."
And, coming soon is lots of green space.
TERRY HART, PRES. & CEO, CHATTANOOGA MUNICIPLE AIRPORT "Over the next 60 days... you will see these buildings demolished and all of the concrete, asphalt, brick and rocks from both the buildings and the parking lots beneath our feet, will be recycled for use in future projects."
The area is part of the so-called "runway protection zone".
It's be finished in an Environmentally sustainable way.
And, as more heavy equipment moved-in for the demolition, some leaders are already looking ahead.
CAROLE BERZ "There's a plan on the regional planning site that includes this, includes the new library and interpretative center, includes the re-tooling of Eastgate, and this is happening..this is just one more step."
The Chattanooga Airport Authority is also planning a 7.2 million dollar make-over of the passenger terminal.
With new carpet, restrooms and escalators it will be a major overhaul.
Some of the funding will come from the state, while most of the rest is from a charge added to airline tickets sold at the airport.