Chattanooga Waterfront Project Wins Planning Committee Approval

One of Chattanooga’s largest riverfront residential and commercial projects — proposed for a 70-acre lot off the Amnicola Freeway — won approval from a planning group on Monday.

The site, which for many years occupied the Central Soya animal feed plant, was rezoned from manufacturing to the central commercial zone with conditions.

The proposed project will contain about 750 housing units in a project valued at more than $400 million, said Scott Williamson, vice president of Fletcher Bright Co., in an earlier telephone interview.

The plot with an official Judd Road address is 4 miles from the city center and will also provide service-type retail space, Williamson said.

The Chattanooga-based development company is seeking federal permission to install about 100 boat launches on the Tennessee River. When all permits are in hand and demolition at the site is complete, Williamson said he expects work can begin later this year or early 2023. The project has yet to be finalized. approved by the city council.

OK’d Offered Apartments near Hwy 58

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission on Monday approved one of the county’s largest apartment projects in years.

More than 700 apartments are planned on a vacant 54-acre parcel at 8699 N. Hickory Valley Road.

MAP Engineers owner Mike Price, who is working on the project for developer RM Investment LLC, said land adjacent to where Walmart had planned and then backed off a supermarket at North Hickory Valley Road and Highway 58 would also contain near of 150 townhouses by a company affiliated with the apartment developer, Price said.

Some nearby residents have expressed traffic concerns about the new apartments. Additionally, Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond said while he was not opposed to the new housing, there were traffic issues.

But Price said an updated traffic study is underway and modifications are planned at the intersection of North Hickory Valley Road and Highway 58 to add two left-turn lanes.

He said if the apartment project was rezoned by the County Commission, work would likely start in 2023 with the first units opening in 2024.

— Compiled by Dave Flessner