$100 million Hixson project unveiling set

$100 million Hixson project unveiling set

November 21st, 2013 by Mike Pare in Local - Breaking News

Developer Duane Horton presents his plan March 12 for the shopping and residential development on the north end of Highway 153.

Photo by Tim Barber/Times Free Press.

A Chattanooga developer whose proposed $100 million project in Hixson was voted down by the City Council earlier this year plans to roll out his new proposal for the Highway 153 site next month.

A community meeting is slated for Dec. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Hixson United Methodist Church, said Robin Derryberry, a spokeswoman for developer Duane Horton.

Horton also has changed the name of the project from Chattanooga Village to Hillocks Farm, she said.

The developer has been meeting with a panel of community members for the past four months, along with some City Councilmen, to ease concerns about the mixed-use project that emerged earlier.

The project still calls for apartments, retail and office space, Derryberry said. But, the buffer between development and nearby neighborhoods has been increased from 50 feet to 100 feet, she said. Derryberry said that the hilltop at the 190-acre site near Boy Scout Road "won't be touched."

Horton's latest proposal would still need approval from the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Planning Commission and the City Council to move forward.

See full story in Friday's Times Free Press.