published Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Brothers offer competing Lookout Mountain town center proposals

This drawing shows the layout of the alternative Lookout Moutain, Ga. town center plan proposed by land owner Greg Voges and developer Jimmy Chapin.
This drawing shows the layout of the alternative Lookout Moutain, Ga. town center plan proposed by land owner Greg Voges and developer Jimmy Chapin.

Brothers Jimmy Chapin and Garnet Chapin submitted dueling proposals Monday to build a new town center on the Georgia side of Lookout Mountain.

The rival siblings' proposals have one thing in common: They both create office space for Dr. Bill Moore Smith, a family practitioner who runs Lookout Mountain's only physician's office.

Smith is squeezed in the roughly 900-square-foot office he leases next to Fairyland Pharmacy.

"My primary intent is to assure a facility for a medical doctor that meets current federal guidelines and regulations," Garnet Chapin wrote in his proposal.

He has revived the city's initial concept for the site. It calls for two commercial buildings on Lula Lake Road with three municipal buildings -- a fire station, police station and town hall -- set back from the road.

Garnet Chapin hired the Chattanooga firm River Street Architecture, which developed the plan.

"We would hope to provide the town with a level of architectural excellence," wrote Garnet Chapin, who's an architect himself. "I am the only individual that has designed and built national award-winning architecture in the town to date."

Jimmy Chapin's proposal has a similar layout -- but with only two buildings in the back for a total of four buildings on site. It calls for two signature amenities: An amphitheater built into the hill at the back of the property and a clock tower that anchors a two-story office building on Lula Lake Road.

Jimmy Chapin's plan calls for $300,000 in donations to help fund the clock tower and amphitheater.

Neither brother could be reached for comment.

Garnet Chapin was instrumental in the effort to convert the Walnut Street Bridge, which faced demolition years ago, into a popular pedestrian walkway. Jimmy Chapin developed homes at the upscale Cummings Cove Golf & Country Club in Lookout Valley.

Contact staff writer Tim Omarzu at or 423-757-6651.

about Tim Omarzu...

Tim Omarzu covers Catoosa and Walker counties for the Times Free Press. Omarzu is a longtime journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor at daily and weekly newspapers in Michigan, Nevada and California. Stories he's covered include crime in blighted parts of metro Detroit and Reno, Nev.; environmental activists tree-sitting in California's Sierra Nevada foothills; attempts by the Michigan Militia to take over a township┬╣s government in northern Michigan. A native of Michigan, ...

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