City agrees to defer plan to buy land for wastewater storage tank after opposition
July 11th, 2017in Business Around the Region
A Chattanooga official agreed Monday to defer a plan to buy land for a 7 million gallon wet weather storage facility for wastewater near Lupton City after hearing opposition to the proposal.
"I think to defer is the best action," said Gail Hart, the city's real property coordinator, after several people, including City Councilman Jerry Mitchell, expressed concerns about the project to the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission.
The city had proposed acquisition of a 3.32 acre tract at Lupton and Dixie drives owned by Girls Preparatory School for the storage facility.
He said that while there's a sewage overflow problem in that area and it might cost more to move such a facility to another nearby location, he would favor doing so rather than "ruining a neighborhood."
A GPS spokesman sought to defer the matter, saying the school, too, has concerns about the location of the facility, noting it owns about 18 acres in that area.
Hart said there's "never a perfect place to put one of these storage facilities. It's not the perfect place, but it was as good as we could find."
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