Downtown Chattanooga Food City mixed-use project wins OK from city panel

Staff photo by Mike Pare / The former Carter Distributing Co. site in downtown's Southside is to undergo redevelopment with a Food City grocery store as the anchor.

Food City was welcomed to the neighborhood on Thursday by a downtown Chattanooga design panel as a plan to build a supermarket, townhomes and other commercial space won approval.

"We look forward to this project and we'll continue to listen and move this project forward," said Stephen D. Spangler, vice president for real estate and site development for Food City parent K-VA-T Food Stores Inc.

The city's Form-Based Code Committee endorsed five proposed variances sought by Food City relating to parking, driveways and medians at the planned site of the more than $15 million project on downtown's Southside.

Issues such as signage and lighting are expected to be taken up later with the city concerning the parcel bounded by Broad, Main, 13th streets and a greenway where Carter Distributing Co.