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Chattanooga Housing Authority claims final say on Purpose Built

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CHATTANOOGA, TN. (Times Free Press) -- A Chattanooga Housing Authority official had a curt response Wednesday to Mayor Ron Littlefield's recent assertion that he will not back off from his plan for a mixed-use community on a public housing site in the city.

"We're the ones that have to drive the ship. It's the housing authority's property that we're talking about," CHA Vice Chairman Jim Sattler said Wednesday.

Because CHA owns the housing sites, it will decide whether anyone is allowed to build on them, Sattler said.

The mayor has been in discussions with Purpose Built Communities, an Atlanta based nonprofit, about building a new community on the site of the College Hill Courts or Harriet Tubman public housing complexes.

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