Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke withdraws Tubman housing offer

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke withdraws Tubman housing offer

September 30th, 2013 by Joy Lukachick Smith in Local - Breaking News

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke

Photo by Staff File Photo/Times Free Press.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke has withdrawn his offer to purchase the former Harriet Tubman public housing site for $1 million.

This summer Berke had proposed purchasing the 35-acre tract of public housing from the Chattanooga Housing Authority and turing the land into an industrial site.

Berke announced today that he was taking the offer off the table.

"It is clear that CHA will accept the highest bid, which is an amount beyond what we are willing to pay," he said in a prepared statement.