$11 million question: Is that enough to fix Tubman site in Chattanooga?
The Chattanooga Housing Authority has estimated that $30 million
would be needed to bring the Harriet Tubman public housing site up to
standards. The Chicago-based Lakewood Realty Group that wants to buy the
vacant buildings plans to invest about one-third of that amount in
And that is raising questions about the purchase and Lakewood's blueprint for the property.
"We see it as inadequate," City Council Chairman Yusuf Hakeem said
about the approximately $11 million that Lakewood intends to spend on
the building beyond the purchase price. "When you look at the plumbing,
the electrical and all of those kinds of things, we question if that's
adequate to have quality affordable housing."