Chattanooga City Council approves Southside stadium project

Staff Photo by Robin Rudd / The former former U.S. Pipe/Wheland Foundry, shown June 14, is the site of a proposed massive redevelopment on the Southside. The plans include a new stadium for the Chattanooga Lookouts as a centerpiece.

The Chattanooga City Council gave its unanimous OK on Tuesday for the construction of a $79.5 million stadium for the Chattanooga Lookouts at the former U.S Pipe/Wheland Foundry site in the South Broad District.

It's the final local body needed to approve the project, which city and county officials hope will spur up to $1 billion worth of development in that area and revitalize approximately 120 acres of long-blighted land at one of the city's most visible entrances.

"Tonight's vote on the stadium was a demonstration of your vision and a massive step forward for the future of this community," Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly told council members after the vote. "After decades of plans and studies and public meetings, transformation of Chattanooga's long-neglected western gateway will begin at long last, and together we will create a thriving community that will increase prosperity and quality of life in our city for generations to come."