CHATTANOOGA (Times Free Press) - When Volkswagen officials weighed where to put a $1 billion auto assembly plant three years ago, they said the shovel-ready nature of 1,400 acres at Enterprise South industrial park helped seal the deal.

Today, just 64 acres of the 7,000 acres at the former Volunteer Army Ammunition Plant are uncommitted or not under option.

And the remaining inventory of public industrial park space across Chattanooga and Hamilton County is as tight as it has been in years, some experts say. Only two of the publicly owned industrial parks in the county are not full, with Centre South Riverport having 75 acres along with the space at Enterprise South.

As a result, Hamilton County could find itself without enough suitable acreage to attract other major industrial projects at a time when competition is heating up in the Southeast.

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