published Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Chattanooga City Council to vote on first part of Lincoln Park land swap

The Lincoln Park neighborhood residents say they weren’t included in the decision making process that led to Central Avenue being extended through their
neighborhood.
The Lincoln Park neighborhood residents say they weren’t included in the decision making process that led to Central Avenue being extended through their neighborhood.
Photo by C. B. Schmelter.

The City Council is set to vote tonight on giving Erlanger officials an eight-acre tract of land in Alton Park – the first step to a promise Mayor Andy Berke made to preserve Lincoln Park.

The land swap is in exchange for five acres of hospital land that the city plans to restore to the landmark park for Chattanooga's black community.

Tonight's vote is only to give the land to Erlanger.

It's part of a larger plan to extend Central Avenue, which runs alongside the park, to Riverside Drive.

The mayor's office said the slow pace of an environmental study for the road extension has delayed the second part of the exchange.

See tomorrow's Times Free Press for complete details.

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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