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

A photo of a rending on display during the South Broad District planning meeting at Calvary Chapel on Thursday, Sept. 14, in Chattanooga, Tenn. (Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter)

An early blueprint of the South Broad District's future unveiled last 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," Noell Consulting's David Laube said 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.

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 also among highlights of the plan.

The 141-acre foundry property, now mostly vacant, would hold the potential ballpark and undergo vast changes, according to planners.