East Ridge officials support tax incentives for Red Wolves stadium project

Bob Martino, the owner of Star Community Builders and owner of the USL soccer team in Chattanooga, talks about the new soccer facility he plans to build in East Ridge during a press conference Thursday, April 25, 2019 at East Ridge City Hall in East Ridge, Tennessee. Martino said he plans to eventually build or attract up to $125 million of entertainment, housing and hotel projects on the roughly 100 acres he has under contract to buy along Interstate 75 and Interstate 24.

The owner of the Chattanooga Red Wolves soccer team expects people to see work for a new stadium within two months after getting a thumbs-up Thursday for incentives from East Ridge.

Bob Martino, owner of Star Community Builders in Park City, Utah, and the USL One soccer team, said clearing the wooded site for the 5,500-seat facility should begin first along with efforts to raise the ground level for the stadium.

"Work on the stadium is the No. 1 priority," he said about the complex that is to also include an array of restaurants, apartments, hotels, condominiums and stores in an estimated $125 million project at Interstate 75 and Interstate 24.

The East Ridge City Council voted unanimously for the Border Region Retail Development District state sales tax incentive for the project.