Planners rap Ashland Terrace motel

City planners on Monday opposed a bid by Motel Sleepers Inc. to build a dormitory and 24-hour restaurant for railroad employees off Ashland Terrace, despite the apparent support of neighbors.

Mike Price, who spoke for the backers of the $3 million to $4 million project, said he will make his case at the Chattanooga City Council meeting in early August.

If built off the 700 block of Ashland Terrace, the railroad motel would have roughly 100 rooms, and the restaurant would seat 53 people.

Norfolk Southern employees would be shuttled from DeButts railroad yard to the motel for their mandatory rest as train operators.

"I don't know why the city of Chattanooga would spend the money and time to send a letter to all the residents to inform them about the zoning changes and, in the end, turn around and not honor residents' request," said property owner Troy Cox.