Clemons, Choo Choo housing options coming soon

Director of operations Heather Everett, right, and receptionist Gabby Palmer stand in a 2-bedroom loft under development at the Clemons building Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tenn. The building, which dates back to the early 1920s, is being restored to offer luxury downtown loft apartments by owner and developer Vic Desai.

For more information about The Clemons

* Where: 730 Chestnut St.*Online: www.theclemonschattanooga.com* Contact, schedule a hard hat tour: 423-228-0605

For more information about Passenger Flats

* Where: 1351 Passenger St.* Online: www.passengerflats.com* Contact, request info: 423-822-8422

Starting at the top floor of the Clemons building and going story-by-story down to ground level is like walking through a living archaeological dig, each story a less complete version of what the building will be in a matter of months, and every floor offering a better look at the nearly 100-year-old building's bones.

But not for long: developers expect to open the Clemons' 50-plus urban lofts to new residents sometime in December.

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