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  1. I'm confused by the diagram, especially the placement of McGavock Pike, which is not the name of the street being displaced by the extension.
  2. Buses can be used inside the loop. LRT (if that ever gets the green light) can go along other public rights of way (e.g. Hayes Street to Grundy Street with a stop at Rosa Parks). Nashville getting close to missing that boat! Of course, they missed COMPLETELY being able to buy enough land in SoBro for a transit stop. I mean, who wouldn't have seen a convention center transit hub being essential for any transit plan? The (lack of) foresight of Nashville officials is appalling. So do you think Nashville officials should just give up on transit? Some people do. I also think part of the failure of the previous plan was that it relied too much on TDOT money.
  3. OK... Shall we play a game? 1. The Tennessean HQ/printing plant 2. The warehouse at the eastern end of the Division St. connector? I believe that's the site of the old Gerst brewery. I understand it is now vacant. 3. Music Row 4. The Parthenon Crossing off options 2, 3, & 4
  4. And I repeat! For any rail or dedicated bus transit to be accepted (and successful) in Nashville, the routes will have to be parallel to the main thoroughfares, NOT on them. Citizens don't want to compete with trains/buses on the same roads. There's a throwback to when the first MARTA lines were approved (voted on by the various counties. In Fulton, the biggest concern outside of cost was that a transit alternative would take up precious street space. Once the routes were planned and communicated to voters, it received favorable support. Yes, it was a different era, and sales taxes in Atlanta were relatively low. But the sales job was long and cut across three levels... cost, access, traffic mitigation. Of course, they did a few things really poorly such as not taking a line closer to the old Fulton Co. Stadium. Nashville's pitch last year failed b/c of the mayor, her grandiose plan for a tunnel (aka subway) and the pitch was never made to people who thought/knew they'd never use it.
  5. Anyone here know if the footprint is confined to the lower parking lot, or if it extends to the upper level and small building facing 2nd Avenue?
  6. Chattanooga Red Wolves stadium work begins; soccer facility anchors huge development in East Ridge https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/breakingnews/story/2019/jul/09/red-wolves-break-ground-new-stadium-east-ridge/498393/
  7. 24 condos planned for two historic building downtown https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/business/aroundregion/story/2019/jul/11/24-condos-stacked-parking-system-planned-down/498638/ From the TFP: A developer plans to put two dozen condominiums into a pair of downtown Chattanooga buildings and, in a first for the city, install automated stacked parking for the owners' cars. "You drive the car in on a tray. It takes it to a spot [inside the building]," said Don Sells of River Street Architecture, which is designing the condo project at 619 and 621 Market St. Sells said plans are to construct 24 condos, which will range from $600,000 to $1 million each, in the project that could reach about $10 million
  8. A LaQuinta Hotel and parking garage are going up at Cowart St. and 13th Street on the Southside. https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/business/aroundregion/story/2019/jul/11/laquinta/498569/?utm_campaign=magnet&utm_source=article_page&utm_medium=related_articles Rivermont Hospitality of Chattanooga plans to put up the six-story, 123-unit hotel along with a two-level parking garage on a vacant site at Cowart and 13th streets. Ben Berry, president of Berry Engineers, said the multimillion-dollar project will also include 14,000 square feet of ground-level commercial space. Apartments are going up all over the city's core. https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/business/aroundregion/story/2019/jul/25/more-downtown-chattanoogapartments-readied/499834/ Meanwhile, a South Carolina developer planning one of the downtown riverfront's biggest-ever mixed-use projects has obtained city permits as the company preps for construction. River Rock will offer 16,000 square feet of commercial space in addition to 167 apartment units as well as townhomes with attached garages. Estimated at about $48 million, the project will go up on two former Unum Group parking lots off Cherry and Fourth streets.
  9. Chattanooga ranks No.3 among best Road Trip destinations by Livability.com for its proximity to many interesting cities and natural areas. https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/breakingnews/story/2019/aug/20/chattanooga-rates-among-towns-road-trippers/501622/ From the article: Chattanooga is among the best cities in America for travelers who love road trips. Chattanooga ranked No. 3 in the top 10 list released today by Livability.com, which cited Chattanooga's access to outdoor recreation like rock climbing, the city's vibrant tech startup scene and its proximity to places like the Chattahoochee National Forest, Talladega National Forest, Coosa River and nearby cities such as Nashville, Asheville, Knoxville and Atlanta. Townhomes and animal hospital planned for Southside were a Long John Silver used to be. https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/business/aroundregion/story/2019/jul/31/animal-hospital-townhomes/500186/ From TFP: A veterinary hospital is moving to the South Broad District to a site where plans also call for townhomes as the redeveloping Chattanooga neighborhood sees an array of new investment. Veterinary Care and Specialty Group, currently located in St. Elmo, plans to build a new 24-hour animal hospital at 3201 Broad St. where a Long John Silver's restaurant operated for many years, said Ben Berry of Berry Engineers. While the nearly 15,000-square-foot animal hospital will face Broad Street, up to 11 townhomes will be raised in the rear of the tract toward St. Elmo Avenue, he said.
  10. Austin Hatcher Foundation will anchor the renovation of old Rock-Tenn factory southeast of downtown. The $40M is a huge shot in the arm for that sector of town, similar to the Wagon Works on Broad St. south of downtown. https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/breakingnews/story/2019/aug/05/austhatcher-foundatianchor-40-milliproject/500499/ There are several new apartment projects underway downtown. https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/business/aroundregion/story/2019/aug/01/more-riverfront-apartments-coming-early-2020/500314/ From the TFP: Despite an influx of other apartment additions in and around downtown Chattanooga, a Georgia developer is spending more than $40 million to construct a 280-unit apartment complex off of Riverside Drive near the Erlanger Health Center's main campus. But this project is in an area that has not seen a lot of residential development lately.
  11. Finland-based tire maker Nokian has a $360M plant underway in suburban Dayton, TN and the 27K administration building is now under construction. The plant will employ over 400 people in Rhea Co., fifteen miles north of downtown Chattanooga. https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/breakingnews/story/2019/aug/19/nokian-tyres-new-administration-facility/501511/ CHA Airport (Lovell Field) expansion plans include hotels, residential and office buildings (up to 750k sq. ft). https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2019/aug/06/chattanoogmetropolitairport-areplforesees-new/500617/
  12. Hoping the owner (or future owner) of the St. George can get her (or his) plan going on renovating the old building dating back to the 1920s. The building across the street from the Chattanooga Choo Choo (up until recently) had legacy neon marquee lighting at its Market St. entrance. https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/breakingnews/story/2019/aug/12/judge-hear-more-arguments-st-george-hotel-law/500992/ From the TFP: St. George Holdings, a company controlled by Alder, bought the building in 2013 and has plans for a new hotel at the site. Hutcherson loaned her $700,000 in 2017 to get the project started, court papers show. Alder said in the suit she tried last last year to repay Hutcherson, managing partner at the city's biggest locally owned accounting firm, Henderson Hutcherson & McCullough. But Hutcherson wouldn't accept the money and rather wanted to take ownership of the 1445 Market St. location. Hutcherson, in a counterclaim, said he's exercising his right to buy the site in accordance with an option agreement in the contract in the event Alder didn't receive and close on a development loan on or before Dec. 8, 2018.
  13. Chattanooga-based mall owner/manager CBL Properties is redeveloping two dozen anchor stores at 14 of their malls. Here the company is already underway with its revamping of the former Sears store into Dave and Busters, Dick's Sporting Goods & an Aloft Hotel in a town center concept. Cheesecake Factory has already opened above the former Sears parking lot. https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/breakingnews/story/2019/aug/12/cbl-transforms-stores/500966/ Hoping the owner of the St. George can get her plan together and start on its renovation. It's a great throwback building that until recently had great legacy neon marquee and other signs along its Market Street entrance.
  14. Patten Pky undergoing $5M renovation to downtown district with new walkways, lighting and landscaping. https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/breakingnews/story/2019/aug/12/work-begins-historic-patten-parkway-redesign/500970/ New $15M grocery/shopping center gets green light for Walden. https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/breakingnews/story/2019/aug/12/panel-approves-walden-grocery-store/500986/
  15. Groundbreaking soon for a new $25M parking garage (1300 spaces) at CHA (Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport). On track to exceed last year boarding totals, the first over half a million. The airport authority is even now fast tracking an expansion of the terminal with a $28M project that will double number of gates to 16 and add a TMA speed check security line. https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/breakingnews/story/2019/aug/19/chattanooga-airport-parking-garage/501548/ https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/breakingnews/story/2019/aug/19/chattanooga-airport-parking-garage/501548/#
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