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High fence going up at Harriet Tubman housing site to secure it for demolition

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) - Mayor Andy Berke says he will put a 6-foot fence around the Harriet Tubman housing site to secure it for demolition and from vagrants who sneak into the boarded-up buildings, but East Chattanooga residents say a fence won’t deter people who have nowhere else to go.

“A fence is just going to add to the process of getting in there,” said East Chattanooga advocate Patrick Kellogg. “We have to be more compassionate.”

Residents report that at least some of the people now sleeping in the 440-unit development used to live there, Kellogg said.

The City Council this month agreed to buy a 6-foot-high, 4,700-foot-long fence to secure the 36-acre site. Quality Fence Co. expects to start installing it Tuesday. The City Council approved $39,000 for the fence.

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