New Hamiliton County Park Gets Approval

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- The old Standard Coosa Thatcher site gets approval, and there will soon be a master plan for Hamilton county’s largest park,
Those were the two main items at this morning’s county commission meeting.

Commissioners last week heard details of the request for a PILOT agreement for the 100-year old textile mill.

A St. Louis company asked for the 18-year exemption for all but school taxes,with a plan to spend 57 and a half million dollars to create low income housing on the site.

City Property Company of St. Louis will provide 170 units of affordable housing including a live-work-play space. Company president says he expects the complex to attract the artistic community.

Commissioners told Boyle that they are reluctant to grant payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreements, but this one would get the city-county owned property back on the tax rolls. The company would still pay school taxes.

That request was granted.

“Commissioner Beck, yes, commissioner Boyd, yes, Commissioner Fairbanks, yes, commissioner fields, yes, commissioner Graham, yes, Dr. Mackey, yes, Commissioner Martin, yes. Commissioner Smedley, yes, Mr. Chairman Bankston, yes.”

Commissioners also went ahead with a proposal to accept a 20,000 dollar tourism enhancement grant to create a conceptual master plan for Chester Frost Park.

The county would have to provide the other 20,000 dollars of that money from its general fund.

“We may need some more boat ramps out there.Uh, some improvements to the camp grounds. We’re already making some improvements out there. Things that we’ve talked about are some type of camp store for people using the camp ground out there….those kind of things we’re kicking around,” says Lee Norris who is an admin of general services.

There will be community hearings on the proposed changes as the study continues, according to Mayor Jim Coppinger.

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