Hamilton County commissioners accept grant, give access for redevelopment

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Hamilton County commissioners were busy during their meeting on Wednesday.

Reggie White Boulevard redevelopment

Commissioners gave the go-ahead for redevelopment near Finley Stadium.

They unanimously voted to give easement to Wise Properties, a real estate development company.

This means the company now has access to work on property that Hamilton county owns along Reggie White Boulevard.

Commissioner Randy Fairbanks believes giving access to the company is right move.

"That's an easy one for us to approve because that's economic development," Fairbanks said after the meeting.

"They're going to build a lot of things down there."

The owner of Wise Properties, John White, was not available for comment on Wednesday, but there is one building under construction that also has a sign that reads: "Naked River Brewing Company."

Grant to raise awareness of lead poisoning

The Hamilton County health department now has funding to raise awareness of lead poisoning in children.

Commissioners voted to accept a $75,000 grant from the state so case workers can educate the public of lead poisoning.

The grant is for the next three years.

This comes after the Environmental Protection Agency discovered at least 150 homes in Chattanooga have high levels of lead in the ground while researching in September.

"This money is supposed to be used mainly for a case worker that will start working on this immediately," Fairbanks said.

"Do the ground work on this immediately, do the education on this and take care of that program."

The EPA moved five Chattanooga neighborhoods to the top of its sites that need immediate clean-up last month.

At last check, investigators are still testing the soil in some Southside neighborhoods.

The next Hamilton County commission meeting is set for Oct. 31.

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