Ballpark would anchor housing, retail and green space in South Broad District plan

A photo of a rendering at a South Broad District planning meeting shows a potential new Lookouts stadium in the center of current foundry property surrounded by possible new development.

An early blueprint of the South Broad District's future unveiled Thursday includes a multi-use minor league baseball park anchoring an array of housing and new retail and green space.

"It has the potential to be a catalyst of other development," said David Laube of Noell Consulting about a possible new Chattanooga Lookouts stadium and entertainment venue. "You can make them more than just a ballpark."

The preliminary vision for the 10-square-block district also called for better connecting Howard School with the rest of the area and potentially adding a new middle school.

In addition, an expanded Harris Johnson Park, a potential greenway along Chattanooga Creek, a mix of new housing in Southside Gardens, and improvements to Broad Street and other traffic arteries in the area were among highlights of the plan.