Updates on The Bend neighborhood development

Rendering of a neighborhood development, featuring several office, apartment, and other buildings on the river plus a large sign reading "Chattanooga" in red letters.
Rendering of The Bend development via Dover, Kohl & Partners

There’s been lots of talk about The Bend development lately — from bringing in a new downtown marina + 10-story tower to creating lots of local jobs.

We’re breaking down the latest news surrounding Chattanooga’s 20-year major development project, all in one place. 

Possible marina

  • Urban Story Ventures recently bought an adjacent riverfront parcel with hopes to rezone it for a new downtown marina.
  • It’s just one idea for the area, and not set in stoneaka, don’t get too excited yet.
  • While downtown currently hosts a small marina at Ross’s Landing + boat slips for residents at Cameron Harbor, this would add more boat space and “bring people to the river.”
  • The Bend developers have a goal to redo the entire Riverfront area at the former Alstom site to give people greater access to the river.

10-story tower

  • Today, the Alstom site developer will seek approval for a 10-story office tower at The Bend development.
  • If approved, the structure will be the tallest office structure that Chattanooga has seen in 42 years — the last was Liberty Tower on Chestnut Street
  • The tower is set to include river views, rooftop amenities, and a courtyard in front of the building for possible restaurant seating.
  • While the developer has letters of intent from several potential tenants, the names have not yet been released — though they include both local + out-of-town companies.

Novonix

  • Novonix — a battery materials maker — is another Bend addition at the former Alstom plant.
  • The expansion for Novonix, which currently employs ~20 employees at its office in Chattanooga, will create ~290 more local jobs.
  • Beyond Novonix, the development is set to create even more jobs through new medical buildings + other offices.

What else could The Bend contain? While nothing is concrete yet, plans for the neighborhood development include manufacturing, housing, hotels, offices, a canal, a food hall, a 5,000-seat music venue + recording studio, child care center, and more.