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Chattanooga Mayor withdraw the city's bid to purchase Harriet Tubman Complex

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke is speaking out on the site formerly known as the Harriet Tubman Housing Project:

"Through our ongoing discussions with the Chattanooga Housing Authority (CHA), I have decided to withdraw the City's bid to purchase the site as the purchase price would have well exceeded the amount of funds allocated in the FY2014 budget. It is clear that CHA will accept the highest bid, which is an amount beyond what we are willing to pay. While I believe this project would have greatly improved East Chattanooga, local government must act in the most responsible way possible with tax payer dollars."

It's been empty since last year, as a part of his first budget presentation as mayor, Andy Berke made it known he'd like to purchase the deteriorating Harriet Tubman Public Housing site.

HUD gave the housing authority permission to sell the site in December 2011.

300 residents were moved from the property in need of at least $33,000,000 in work.

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