published Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Brainerd Road demolition begins near airport

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    The Chattanooga airport is demolishing buildings on Brainerd Rd. which will be converted to greenspace at the end of the runway.
    Photo by Dan Henry /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

After years of planning, demolition began today on a half dozen buildings on Brainerd Road near Chattanooga Airport, turning a slice of the major artery into green space with hopes if easing flooding in the area.

“It helps the city in the movement of stormwater,” said Airport President Terry Hart.

The work near Jubilee Drive also bolsters safety by extending the landlocked airport’s runway protection zone, officials said.

The effort involves demolishing the buildings, putting in grass, trees, and walking paths and is financed mainly from Federal Aviation Administration funds, according to city and airport officials.

The cost of the project is $4.3 million including land acquisition.

See full story in Wednesday’s Times Free Press.

about Mike Pare...

Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...

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