How one downtown development is transforming Chattanooga's riverfront

Workers add more homes in the Cameron Harbor development on Chattanooga's downtown waterfront along Riverfront Parkway
photo Penny Hughey, left, stands with daughters Kinsey Clark, right, and Anna Kate Hughey Friday, April 8, 2016 in their Cameron Harbor apartment.

Last year, Penny Hughey and her daughters sold their flat-screen TVs. Nine-year-old Anna Kate sold off her stuffed animals, and her older sister Kinsey thinned out her wardrobe. Penny sifted through family keepsakes, getting rid of inherited dishes, cookware, books and boxes of memorabilia.

Yes, it was hard, they say. But what the family gave up to downsize from their three-story home in Ringgold to the Tennessee riverfront has been worth it, the three agree. The family recently moved into an apartment in Cameron Harbor, a $100 million waterfront development.

Tucked away behind the corporate offices of BlueCross BlueShield and just next to Alstom Power along the Tennessee River, Cameron Harbor has been years in the making.