Chattanooga Red Wolves site developer temporarily halts construction after tip leads to state notice of violation

TDEC issues notice of violation after Red Wolves owner begins development without proper permits

In this Friday, April 26, 2019, staff file photo, North Mack Smith Road is shown where it dead-ends with a wooded area in East Ridge, Tenn. The road is one proposed access point for the Chattanooga Red Wolves soccer complex.
photo Bob Martino discusses his plans for the Chattanooga Red Wolves SC.

Construction of the biggest development project in East Ridge history was halted this week after the Red Wolves' team owner began construction without a permit.

Bob Martino, who also owns Utah-based building company Star Community Builder, received a notice of violation by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation on Monday. The Hamilton County Water Quality division requested onsite workers cease operations until an investigation into the matter is completed, according to county spokesman Michael Dunne. The county department began its investigation after learning of the TDEC violation.

Developers obliged and all activity at the site has been temporarily suspended, according to a spokesperson representing the developers.