Former vehicle inspections site near the Tennessee River is on the market for $2.25 million

Staff photo by Mike Pare / A former vehicle inspections center on Riverfront Parkway is on the market for $2.25 million.

A tract near the Tennessee River in downtown Chattanooga's Westside that for many years held a vehicle inspection center is awaiting a new use.

The price for the 1620 Riverfront Parkway property is $2.25 million, according to Chad Womack of NAI Charter Real Estate.

Vehicle emissions testing in five Tennessee counties, including in Hamilton, ended on Jan. 14, 2022, after the federal Environmental Protection Agency approved a revision to the state's air quality plan, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation said in an announcement last year.

The property sits across Riverfront Parkway from The Bend, a 120-acre site that formerly held the closed GE Power facilities. A local development group bought that parcel for $30 million in 2018.

In 2019, after a lengthy planning effort, the group revealed possibilities for the tract including housing, hotels, manufacturing, offices, a canal, a food hall, music venue, child care center and more.

The 1.96-acre former vehicle inspections center property offers a freestanding building that provides the potential for rezoning from its existing industrial category, according to Womack. The structure, which has 5,620 square feet of rentable building area, was raised in 2005.