published Monday, September 30th, 2013

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke withdraws Tubman housing offer

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke has withdrawn his offer to purchase the former Harriet Tubman public housing site for $1 million.

This summer Berke had proposed purchasing the 35-acre tract of public housing from the Chattanooga Housing Authority and turing the land into an industrial site.

Berke announced today that he was taking the offer off the table.

"It is clear that CHA will accept the highest bid, which is an amount beyond what we are willing to pay," he said in a prepared statement.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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