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Rendering by Franklin Architects / A three-story apartment building is proposed for McCalllie and Central avenues. The complex is expected to appeal to nearby UTC students.

A key intersection just outside of Chattanooga's city center is to see another residential project with a planned new three-story apartment complex.

Two buildings are to hold 27 or 28 apartments at McCallie and Central avenues, said Lauren Dunn, an architect at Chattanooga-based Franklin Architects, on Thursday.

The intersection is where a 55-unit townhouse project was proposed in April by a different developer.

Most of the apartments will hold two- or three-bedroom units, although a few with one bedroom are proposed in the project that's estimated at about $3.5 million, Dunn said.

Also, the vacant site will hold surface parking and a small deck for residents, she said.

"It will have almost one space per bedroom," Dunn said in a telephone interview.

The location is diagonally across the intersection from the planned townhouse project that was unveiled in April by locally based RP Homes.

"We're improving the McCallie Avenue corridor," Kaitlin Sims, a civil engineer for the firm LaBella Associates, said at a meeting of the city's Form-Based Code Committee in support of the townhomes.

The committee approved the townhouses, and the apartment development is to go before the panel in June as it seeks variances related to pedestrian access and height.

Dunn said the area is growing around the proposed apartment complex by developer Pond Holdings.

"We're trying to fit it into the characteristics of the neighborhood to make it a really good addition to the area," she said.

The buildings are to have flat roofs and brick exteriors with wood and fiber cement balconies, according to a document related to the project on the committee's website.

The location is also close to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and Dunn expected students would be interested when the apartments are built.

If the proposal receives city approval, a groundbreaking could take place in the fall, with the units opening in 2023, she said.

The Chattanooga area is undergoing a building boom as developers seek to meet the demand for more housing amid a market that caught fire at the start of the pandemic.

For example, on one East Brainerd tract alone, about $200 million in new housing, including single-family homes, apartments and senior living, are included in a plan filed last month to develop the parcel that for many years held the Cigna Corp. office building on Goodwin Road.

Just outside downtown, a Chattanooga company in May proposed up to 750 new housing units on the Tennessee River on former industrial land off Amnicola Highway.

In Apison, a developer in April offered a plan to put up to 800 single-family homes on a 321-acre tract around 3120 Bill Jones Road.

Contact Mike Pare at mpare@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6318. Follow him on Twitter @MikePareTFP.

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