By BRIAN GRAVES
Mayor Tom Rowland said Wednesday that land is being made available around the Exit 20 area of Interstate 75 that could host magnets which would draw people to the city of Cleveland and Bradley …
Mayor Tom Rowland said Wednesday that land is being made available around the Exit 20 area of Interstate 75 that could host magnets which would draw people to the city of Cleveland and Bradley County.
Rowland scrapped his usual “State of the City” remarks planned for the Civitan Club after receiving news of the passing of the Rev. Billy Graham.
But after giving his recollections of the famous minister, Rowland said this would likely be his last time speaking to the club as mayor, and he gave an annotated version including a couple of details about the Exit 20 area that have not been previously discussed.
Rowland noted some of the accolades the city has recently received, such as being the city to watch in Tennessee for progress and growth, one of the best places to retire, and one of the nation’s best family summer destinations.
He then spoke of the new Spring Branch Industrial Park, which was the impetus of improvements for the exit, and the future of its 300 acres.
“I will pretty well bet you that the day the park opens, everything will be sold,” Rowland said. “People are asking and inquiring about it right now.”
The mayor then spoke of the 200 acres of commercial and retail property at the exit which is being developed by Chattanooga developer Larry Armour.
He had previously mentioned he knew of two major hotels that will locate there, but again did not name the specific companies involved.
The mayor then mentioned the developer is offering land for two potentially major projects.
“I know Mr. Armour has donated space for the Cherokee National Forest if they choose to have a visitor center to get people off the interstate, if they are going to the forest,” Rowland said. “They could stop there to get information.”
“He has also offered to give us property for a convention center,” Rowland said.
The mayor said he did not know whether that would happen or not, with the decision being up to the city council.
“They do have a convention center on the front burner, but I don’t know whether they would choose to have it there or somewhere closer to downtown,” he said. “But, I do feel like we are getting closer to it every single day.”
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