published Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Chattanooga City Council votes down proposed Gunbarrel Road IHOP


by Cliff Hightower

The City Council voted 5-3 tonight to not allow a developer to build an International House of Pancakes on Gunbarrel Road.

The issue has been controversial for months with Councilman Jack Benson saying the proposed IHOP went against the area’s land use plan. The council’s action nixes the proposal.

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission had previously voted against allowing the restaurant in the area.

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Facts said...

I laugh. The city is grabbing land for tax revenue without offering services and refusing businesses because of a councilman's fear that the average Joe or Jane might wander into his gated area. Shame on this city.

December 20, 2011 at 8:22 p.m.
Salsa said...

Jack Benson still hates pancakes!

December 20, 2011 at 10:45 p.m.
Pizzaguy said...

The Waffle House mafia "PAC" put a squash on this one.

December 20, 2011 at 11:19 p.m.
BillVol said...

Would love to know the political connections behind this decision.

Shame on Jack Benson.

December 21, 2011 at 2:47 a.m.
ThinBlue706 said...

Aren't there restaurants across the street? Why are restaurants allowed on one side of the street and not the other? IHOP does not sell intoxicating beverages nor is it a music and dance club. The council/public can not use the "menace to the neighborhood" excuse. Isn't Chattanooga trying to raise revenue? Building a restaurant employees carpenters, builders, plumbers, and roofers. Opening a restaurant HIRES employees, especially one open 24/7/365. Isn't all of this, plus the fact the NEWLY hired employees are going to be spending money and paying taxes, going to generate more tax revenue? Hiring 50-100 new restaurant workers is going to help unemployment, maybe not much but a little. Isn't that less taxpayer outflow and more tax income? All of these questions because of what side of the street a man wants to build a family restaurant? One block north of there, aren't there restaurants on the SAME side of the street? Go figure, I guess somebody didn't get their palm greased. Or, the prospective builder urinated in the councilmans' morning cereal at some point.

December 21, 2011 at 7:58 a.m.
shoe_chucker said...

The best excuse I heard was that there were concerns about traffic. Seriously? Worried about traffic in that area? Do they really think one more eatery would increase traffic around Hamilton Place?

Come on up to Soddy Daisy IHOP, we will treat you right.

December 21, 2011 at 9:25 a.m.
eddieray said...

Just add to the list another reason why I don't live in the City any longer and don't want them moving the line to Ooltewah. I would say Panera had somehting to do with this also.

December 21, 2011 at 9:43 a.m.
01centare said...

Wonder if it really had something to do with the property owner's accent and name?

December 21, 2011 at 10:14 a.m.
ceeweed said...

After all, this is such a bucolic green space more suitable for a botanical garden or, maybe, a prayer grotto. Good work City Commishes. I always knew you all were good stewards of our city's treasures.

December 21, 2011 at 9:21 p.m.
reallytruly said...

REALLY, put it behind the Suntrust then

December 22, 2011 at 11:07 a.m.

The city probably has plans to place a 3 million dollar piece of "art" there.

December 23, 2011 at 8:24 a.m.
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