Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke this morning announced plans to work with Erlanger Health System to preserve five acres of land the hospital owns in Lincoln Park that could be used as green space and historic park for the community.
He made the announcement at a news conference this morning in Lincoln Park. Erlanger CEO Kevin Spiegel was there as well. Residents from the Lincoln Park community also attended.
Erlanger trustees did not discuss a draft resolution of the hospital's plan to donate the land to the city. Trustees said that they need more information before making that decision.
However, Spiegel said the board of trustees is committed to making the donation a reality.
Berke emphasized that the city has no plans to extend Central Avenue through the park. City officials have been evaluating several options to connect Central Avenue and Amnicola Highway.
Read more in tomorrow's Times Free Press.
Yolanda Putman has been a reporter at the Times Free Press for 11 years. She covers housing and previously covered education and crime. Yolanda is a Chattanooga native who has a master’s degree in communication from the University of Tennessee and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Alabama State University. She previously worked at the Lima (Ohio) News. She enjoys running, reading and writing and is the mother of one son, Tyreese. She has also ...
Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...