East Ridge planning panel approves Chattanooga Red Wolves soccer rezoning

Attendees of a press conference Thursday, April 25, 2019 at East Ridge City Hall check out the renderings for the proposed professional soccer complex that is in the works for roughly 100 acres along Interstate 75 and Interstate 24 in East Ridge, Tennessee. Restaurants, apartments, hotels, condominiums and stores are expected to be built around the 5,500-seat facility.

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The East Ridge City Council is expected to hear the rezoning request for the proposed soccer stadium site on June 13 and June 27.

An East Ridge planning panel on Monday unanimously recommended rezoning 61 acres of land that helps clear the way for a Chattanooga Red Wolves SC soccer stadium and the biggest-ever development in the city.

Despite hearing concerns about potential flooding, traffic, noise and other issues from nearly a dozen people, the East Ridge Planning Commission agreed to pass the proposed $125 million project onto the city council later this month.

"Water and traffic are concerns. I share those concerns," said panel member Casey Tuggle to about 75 people at the meeting. But, he said, the proposal to rezone the vacant property at Interstate 75 and Interstate 24 from residential to commercial is a matter of whether "the land is suitable for which it was intended."

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