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Erlanger land swap a win for Lincoln Park neighborhood in Chattanooga

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

A unanimous vote from an Erlanger Health System committee has paved the way for the hospital and city to keep their promise to the community to turn five acres of Lincoln Park property into a historical park.

The hospital's planning committee voted Monday to swap the property, which is located behind the hospital in the historic Lincoln Park neighborhood, with the city in return for the city giving the hospital about eight acres of land in Alton Park to be used for the future construction of a new Southside Community Health Center.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke and Erlanger CEO Kevin Spiegel originally announced in August that the hospital planned to donate the property to the city to be preserved. But the announcement was made before Erlanger board members could vote on the issue, and trustees bristled at the proposal, saying the hospital could not afford to donate the property without receiving some kind of compensation.

Erlanger trustee Dr. Phyllis Miller said she was more comfortable with the idea of the land swap.

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