After voting to deny an ordinance that would have allowed for a 190-acre, $100 million mixed-use development to be built in Hixson, Chattanooga City Council members quickly moved through the remainder of their agenda on Tuesday evening.
Among the items voted on by the council was a resolution authorizing Mayor Ron Littlefield to execute an interlocal agreement with Hamilton County for the construction of a new indoor shooting range, which will be located on East 11th Street. The range, which will replace the current outdoor facility located on Moccasin Bend, will serve both the Chattanooga Police Department and the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, along with federal agencies and potentially regional agencies.
Costs for the project are estimated to be $4 million. The city and the county will each put up to $1.5 million toward the facility, with the remaining funds coming from a federal grant procured years ago by former 3rd District Rep. Zach Wamp.
The city and county will now begin working toward the selection of an architect for design and construction of the project.
Last week, Hamilton County commissioners voted unanimously to enter the agreement, while retaining the current shooting range property along Moccasin Bend until an appropriate plan had been made for site cleanup and eventual transfer.
In other news, the council opted during their agenda session not to extend a filing deadline for Orange Grove Center to apply for annual funding, after the agency missed the original date for requests. The council took a voice vote to make the decision.