Wednesday, September 20, 2017 12:48 AM

BALLPARK WOULD ANCHOR HOUSING, RETAIL AND GREEN SPACE IN SOUTH BROAD DISTRICT PLAN

An early blueprint of the South Broad District's future unveiled last Thursday includes a multi-use minor league baseball park anchoring an array of housing and new retail and green space. "It has the potential to be a catalyst of other development," Noell Consulting's David Laube said about a possible new Chattanooga Lookouts stadium and entertainment venue. "You can make them more than just a ballpark." The preliminary vision for the 10-square-block district also called for better connecting Howard School with the rest of the area, and potentially adding a new middle school. An expanded Harris Johnson Park, a potential greenway along Chattanooga Creek, a mix of new housing in Southside Gardens and improvements to Broad Street and other traffic arteries in the area were also among highlights of the plan. The 141-acre foundry property, now mostly vacant, would hold the potential ballpark and undergo vast changes, according to planners. Planners said the ballpark, which could replace the existing downtown AT&T Field, could serve as a gateway feature to Chattanooga for motorists arriving from Nashville on Interstate 24. A slew of possible new developments ranging from housing, commercial space, light industrial uses and a park were pictured springing up around the ...

News source: Times Free Press

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