District 6 summit focuses on untapped opportunity

As the most diverse district in Chattanooga, District 6 is in a unique position to attract growth and development both commercially and residentially, according to city Councilwoman Carol Berz.

At the district’s most recent summit, focused on “Economics Meets Lifestyle: Rethinking Sense of Place,” attendees discussed how identifying those demographics can, in turn, highlight the needs of the area and should be used to attract businesses.

“Developers would do well to understand the needs for walking paths, for connections from one center to the next and sidewalks that actually go somewhere,” said Jelena Butler, director and broker for SB Commercial Services. ” The lifestyle demographics of residents are an important way to look at [overall] demographics.”

But equally important to attracting the right business is finding the best space for area growth, Butler added.

“We’ve seen some good changes start to happen, around Eastgate Mall, said Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency Director John Bridger. ¬†How do we build on that momentum?” he asked. ” What if we had a dedicated bus lane along East Brainerd Road? Lee Highway? Landscaping and a multimodal use path? That’s a different space.”

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