Red Wolves developers receive permit to resume construction after Hamilton County probe into improper practices concludes

Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Chattanooga Red Wolves SC owner Bob Martino speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Chattanooga Red Wolves SC stadium on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 in East Ridge, Tenn.

A Hamilton County investigation into improper practices at the site of the largest development project in East Ridge history concluded Tuesday morning, resulting in a permit to resume construction after the company overseeing the project appealed the initial decision.

The Hamilton County Water Quality division began investigating the owners of the Red Wolves development site earlier this month. The company, Star Community Builders, had received a notice of violation from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for beginning construction without a permit.

The county's notice came with a stop work order and $285 civil penalty.

The engineering company in charge of the project, ASA Engineering, challenged the ruling, stating it did not disturb as much soil as claimed and was using a dirt access road that has existed for 26 years.