Chattanooga City Council approves Westside Evolves Plan

Plan includes replacement, work force, market rate housing during each phase of development

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — Chattanooga’s City Council has voted in favor to adopt the Westside Evolves Plan.

The 10-year plan will see millions of dollars utilized to rebuild and refurbish the city’s Westside community.

The Scenic City is set to contribute three million dollars to the plan’s efforts.

Ellis Smith, Chattanooga’s Director of Special Projects, says it will be a complete renovation and reimagining of one of the largest public housing communities in the city.

“We’re also adopting a ‘build first’ plan,” Smith said. “What does that mean? That means we’re not demolishing the building until we’ve had a new building to hold people — a new structure. Everybody who’s there currently is going to have an opportunity, if they so choose, to move into a new structure as part of that plan.”

The city says “the plan was developed over a two-year period with more than 82 percent of the area’s 4,500 residents participating in the process.”

According to a press release, the City Council also voted “to approve an interlocal agreement that will allow the City to provide $1 million from its affordable housing fund to support the renovation of the historic James A. Henry school.”

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