Chattanooga West End revitalization plans include space for businesses, music, art, & more

Local developers are laying out a 2-phase plan to revitalize 112 acres on Chattanooga's riverfront. The 'Envision West End' event was held for the public Thursday on Riverfront Parkway at the old Alstom plant. (Image: WTVC)

Local developers are laying out a 2-phase plan to revitalize 112 acres on Chattanooga's riverfront.

The 'Envision West End' event was held for the public Thursday on Riverfront Parkway at the old Alstom plant.

The development team announced both phases of their 10-year plan.

Phase One will last four years, during which time developers say it could attract:

  • 40,000 to 60,000 square feet of existing office space leases
  • 30,000 to 50,000 square feet of new office space
  • 25 to 50 annual townhouse sales to Millennials
  • 50 to 75 annual condominium and townhouse sales to retirees
  • A 10,000 square-foot food hall with an associated music venue
  • A canal bringing the river into the land
  • A brewpub
  • Artist spaces
  • A childcare center
  • Up to 5,000 square feet of food retailing

In years five to 10, developers say Phase Two could see:

  • 30,000 to 50,000 square feet of new office space
  • Possibly the first phase of a 150,000 to 300,000 square-foot headquarters office building
  • 2 hotels, each with 100 to 150 rooms
  • 200 to 400 multi-family apartments in varying development sizes
  • 25 to 50 annual townhouse sales to Millennials
  • 75 to 120 annual condominium and townhouse sales to retirees
  • 10,000 to 15,000 square feet of retail, service and restaurant spaces

Urban Story Ventures, West End Property and Dover, Kohl & Partners are leading the change.

“The draft concept for West End creates a unique and local neighborhood that’s for everyone. We’ll have people of all incomes and backgrounds living and working alongside each other in an area that will provide thousands of jobs over our long-term redevelopment plans,” said Jimmy White, co-owner of Urban Story Ventures alongside Hiren Desai. “As a Chattanoogan, I’m invested in preserving our city’s character and breathing life into dormant properties to return them to productive use. Dover and his team have captured Chattanooga’s history, while drafting a sustainable plan for our city’s future.”

Developers say the plan will allow for a car-optional neighborhood, giving people a highly walkable space and options to bike, take transit, or drive.

“The draft design is a livable neighborhood, which provides convenience with dining, shopping, housing, jobs and entertainment in one district,” said Victor Dover, founding principal of Dover, Kohl & Partners. “While the vision offers convenience, it is also packed with charm. The concept calls for salvaging materials from the old factories, and incorporating elements of Chattanooga’s combustion history and continuing the waterfront revival with the connection to the river and nature.”

Developers say they plan to keep the majority of the area along the riverfront as a linear park, and expand on the Tennessee Riverwalk.

Activity is already underway on the property, and initial new jobs and businesses will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information about Envision West End and to follow the progress, visit Urban Story Ventures' website here.

This is a developing story - depend on us to update you as we learn more.

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