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  1. The rents are dirt cheap. Is this section 8?
  2. Audi announced plans for N.America plant. According to edmunds.com Chattanooga's chances are high for landing it. An engine and transmission plant will also be necessary.
  3. VW will export US Passat to S Korea.
  4. The sedan produced at the plant will be called the Passat. VW announced that the plant could produce 500,000 vehicles through expansion of the plant. Timesfree Press Article
  5. 200 employees will be added to install accessories boosting total employment to over 2000
  6. VW has released the first public renderings of the sedan to be produced in Chattanooga. The vehicle will be unveiled at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. http://www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_185261.asp
  7. VW is seeking Platinum LEED Certification for the plant and is working with the city to tap the old Summit Landfill for methane gas. City council is expected to approve this agreement in the next meeting. It is projected to give the city $70 000 a year in revenue.
  8. The VW plant hired its 1000 employee last week. It is officially half way to its projected 2000 employees. Anonymous sources also state that VW is seriously looking at producing a second vehicle there. If a second line is started production employee and facility size would double. A midsize hybrid or Audi vehicle are likely candidates for additional production. No word on the future engine plant location. I figured it was time to create a Chattanooga VW thread instead of posting everything in "Could VW be in Chattanooga's future"
  9. I do like Knoxville's old neighborhoods and the Old City. Unfortunately, my inlaws live on the far West end of Farragut and we never have enough time when visiting the family to see the "good" parts of Knoxville.
  10. I haven't seen or heard anything new on this one. I also haven't been in town in about a year.
  11. UT has some beautiful buildings and some eyesores. Neyland being an eyesore in my opinion. They have done the same at UT Chattanooga. Lupton Library being an eyesore. Whey didn't UT decide on a common theme for it's buildings?
  12. Maybe Chattanooga should have it's own forum instead of being lumped in E. TN...
  13. I thought NC has a separate dedicated fund for loop construction. I'm not sure how it works though, in relation to NCDOT budget and other projects.
  14. flith

    I-26 Connector

    I don't know how it all works in NC (as far as interstate projects), but Chattanooga was able to stop TDOT in the mid - late 1990's from widening I-124/US 27. The city and several businesses didn't like the plans that had been selected for the project. The interstate itself was going to be 8 lanes, with a collector feeder system for all 3 downtown exits. The ramps for the MLK exit were going to come within 4 ft of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee's 3 floor. After several meetings TDOT agreed to halt the process and allow the city to higher a consultant at it's expense to find alternatives. The city and consultant decided on an 6 or 8 lane surface boulevard with traffic lights (the interstate would no longer be elevated). TDOT didn't like that, and said they wouldn't do it. So TDOT went back to the drawing board. In the mean time Phase II started in place of Phase I. TDOT has now come back with a proposal for divided concept: 4 lanes through downtown for through traffic divided from 4 local lanes. Everyone seems to be happy with this, and once Phase III (north of the river to Signal Mountain exit) is complete Phase I will start. On a side note Chattanooga was able to get TDOT to abandon a state route (TN Route 317?) along the riverfront downtown. The state removed the route signs and it is just a local road now; that Chattanooga has narrowed, removed the barriers dividing it, added intersections and traffic lights to it. The purpose was to reconnect the city to the Riverfront, and the Bluff View Art District. As far as Asheville is concerned though it seems they (city and business community) are for the project, while Chattanooga fought theirs from the start, with the backing of the business community and residents.
  15. flith

    Sky High

    That's the stigma many military towns carry.
  16. I found series of photos on RiverCity's website today. They document the revitalization of downtown Chattanooga. Many of the pictures I had never seen before. Here is a link to the PDF document it has 50 Pics. Chattanooga's Downtown Renaissance
  17. I guess... I do know that the city paid Cherokee artists to design the art work for the passage.
  18. I don't think I've seen any Riverfront pics of Chattanooga in this forum, so here are a few. TN Aquarium: Freshwater building is on the right, saltwater addition is in the middle, and the Market Street Bridge is on the left. Trail of Tears Passage, part of the 21st Century riverfront project. Museum Bluff Condos under construction Central Business District, as seen from Children's Discovery Museum Observation Point
  19. When did MTSU officially overtake UTK in size? I remember back when I was in college at UTC reading an article that projected it happening a few years after 2000.
  20. Here are a couple pics from my trip to Chatt over the 4th All of these pics were taken from the observation point in the Children's Creative Discovery Museum looking at Museum Bluffs looking at new Condo's on Cherry St.? Part of the Central Business District "The Mountain" aka Lookout Mtn
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