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Lakeview Realty in Chicago is top bidder for Chattanooga's Harriet Tubman housing project

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

Affordable housing may be on the horizon for some Chattanooga residents after all.

Chattanooga Housing Authority officials said a Chicago-based firm has submitted a $2.8 million bid — the highest among four bidders — for the vacant 440-unit Harriet Tubman site.

Instead of using the 36 acres for business or industry, a plan proposed by Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, Lakewood Realty Group plans to build 440 housing units on the site. Berke withdrew the city's $1 million bid.

The People's Coalition for Affordable Housing, a group including Chattanooga Organized for Action, former Tubman residents and others concerned about affordable housing, have called a meeting today with representatives from the housing authority, city and the Chamber of Commerce to discuss an Affordable Housing Ordinance and the sale of the Tubman site.

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