$200 million East Ridge project will benefit from state, county funds

$6 million, including $5 million from state, approved for public infrastructure

Millions of dollars in state funds, coupled with $1 million from Hamilton County OK'd on Wednesday, will provide a kick for the next stage of a $200 million East Ridge project, officials said.

Some $5 million in state money, along with the funds approved by the County Commission, will spur infrastructure work on the Chattanooga Red Wolves owner's development and on East Ridge roads leading to the site, they said.

East Ridge Mayor Brian Williams said he's happy with the state money the city received even though it requested $13 million.

"We're excited with the next phase," Williams said in a phone interview about work at the huge proposed residential and commercial development at Interstates 75 and 24.

The first of 144 luxury townhouses are starting to go up, and the addition of more seating for the professional soccer club's stadium is planned, he said.