Work on 41 new townhomes in Catoosa County won't start until late spring or early summer, a Ringgold developer said.
Daniel Arrington recently won rezoning for 6 acres on Ooltewah-Ringgold Road, but he's holding off on construction.
"We are still planning the project, but it won't be any time soon," Mr. Arrington, of Tailored Homes Construction, said Wednesday. "We are going to hold up and see what the economy is going to do."
The property, located near the Meadows and Windstone subdivisions, was rezoned from agriculture to single-family townhomes, said Fay Wood of the Catoosa County Planning and Zoning office.
Public Works Director Donald "Buster" Brown said the developer must complete several steps before he can begin construction, including submitting preliminary plans to the state showing how stormwater will be handled.
Mr. Arrington said requirements for detention ponds to collect water runoff may reduce the number of units he ends up building.
The tentative subdivision design includes one-story townhouses built in the Craftsman style with stone exteriors. Homes will be from 1,400 to 1,700 square feet, and prices will range from $140,000 to $160,000, Mr. Arrington said. The neighborhood will have a homeowners association and be maintenance-free, he said.
"They can be starter homes or homes for people looking to downsize," he said.