New retail sites coupled with indoor and outdoor climbing walls will revive a key riverfront block in downtown Chattanooga, officials said today.
Local outdoors retailer Rock/Creek and a new climbing business, High Point Climbing, will join with downtown redevelopment group River City Co. in the $4 million project on the former Bijou Theatre site at Third and Broad streets.
Kim White, River City’s chief, said work is expected to start early next year with the new businesses to open in the summer 2013.
John Wiygul of High Point Climbing said the outdoor climbing wall is to be erected on the Broad Street side of what is now mostly parking garage. He said it will run from just above the sidewalk to the top of the garage, or 65-feet above ground.
The retail space will go into what had been the movie theater on the ground floor. About 40 jobs are expected to the created by the development, officials said.
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Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...