Community Collaboration in South Broad District Plan

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Chattanooga Design Studio presented a Framework and Illistrative Plan Presentation tonight for the redevelopment of the South Broad District.

The design team has been holding meetings over the past few months to receive public comments that could potentially outline the future of the district. The district is made up of the foundry property, Interstate 24, The Howard School and Chattanooga Creek.

After taking the community’s ideas gathered in previous meetings, the nonprofit has put together a Framework Plan they believe will guide the city’s district by promoting excellence in education, facilitation, and, most of all, collaboration.

Chattanooga Design Studio believes citizen input is the foundation of all great urban design.

Executive Director at Chattanooga Design Studio Eric Myers says, “Our goal with any planning process for the City of Chattanooga is a collaborative community vision. And that’s what is happening here. It’s not just one thing. It’s all of the compassing parts of the district. The five big ideas that we heard from the community are all enriched in the plan.”

The Framework Plan identifies concepts for urban form; transportation and mobility enhancements; open space opportunities; and related concepts. While, the Illustrative Plan is intended to illustrate how buildings, parking, access, streets, open spaces might be arranged according to the Framework Plan.

One topic that has been widely discussed is the relocation of the Lookouts Stadium. Others wanted to hear about residential spaces, Howard School innovation, and mixed-use development.

Chattanooga Design Studio are still in the process of receiving public input, and encourage ideas or comments to be submitted on their website, southbroaddistrict.org.

The team hopes to have a blueprint of the redevelopment plan by the end of October.

 

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