The barge owned by Allen Casey is docked on the north shore of the Tennessee River in downtown Chattanooga. Photo by John Rawlston/Times Free Press
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -
Support is growing from local business leaders to remove the barge moored along the Tennessee River, across from the Tennessee Aquarium in downtown Chattanooga.
Three different groups, Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau, River City Company and Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce have all written letters to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, asking the federal agency to remove the barge.
The barge in question, owned by Allen Casey, has been in its current location for years. Plans for rehabilitating the barge, turning it into a restaurant have been expressed by Casey for years, yet no action appears to have been taken.
Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke wrote a similar letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers earlier this month. In his letter, Berke said "This is a problem property. It looks bad. It hurts the neighbors. It is dangerous and it needs to move."
Berke called the situation "unacceptable to our community."