Hamilton County Commission supports Ridgeway Apartments tax break

People gather to listen as the Hamilton County Commission discusses Resolution Number 1018-14, which was a proposal to set aside $3 million in bond money to purchase land off of Mahan Gap Road for a wastewater treatment plant, at the Hamilton County Courthouse on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

A property tax break for the redevelopment of a low-income housing complex passed the Hamilton County Commission on Wednesday only because of a moment's inattention.

Seattle-based Vitus proposed to buy the 198-unit Ridgeway Apartments near College Hill Courts and put in $8 million worth of improvements.

The company sought a 10-year payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreement with Chattanooga and Hamilton County. The Chattanooga City Council approved the city tax break last week.

The company's development director, Scott Langan, told commissioners last week Vitus has promised to maintain the apartments for low-income residents with the help of federal tax credits.

He said some of the county tax savings could be used for tenant services such as school and summer programs for children, along with vocational and career development for adults.