New industrial park planned on former Dupont site in Hixson

City, county agree to tax increment financing for $100 million project

One of Chattanooga's biggest past manufacturing sites is being redeveloped for a future light industrial, warehouse and office development in a planned $100 million complex that Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly said should provide a major asset for the city in attracting more jobs and industry.

A Chattanooga development firm, Rise Partners, is planning to build the North River Commerce Park on a portion of the former DuPont plant where more than 5,000 employees once worked producing industrial nylon at one of Chattanooga's biggest employers.

DuPont ultimately shut down its Hixson plant in 2015 after nearly 60 years of production, although some of the complex was sold to Invista and later Kordsa, which continue to operate smaller nylon operations.

RP Access LLC, an affiliate of the Chattanooga-based development firm Rise Partners, has optioned to buy 88 acres of parking lots and other land now owned by Kordsa to develop a new industrial park to capitalize on the current shortage of industrial and warehousing facilities in Chattanooga.