Chattanooga Choo Choo Transformation Continues

CCThe $8 million Chattanooga Choo Choo complex renovations are now in phase two. Renovations to the historic site and building include two new restaurants and additional performance venues. Building 1 is being updated, including new furniture and soft goods in the rooms, lobby and meeting space renovations, and resurfacing of the indoor pool area. Building 3 upgrades are projected to begin this fall.

Designated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of its Historic Hotels of America — the only hotel so designated in the city of Chattanooga — the historic terminal station in downtown has been transformed into a showpiece as an attraction as well a a top resort and meeting destination.

You can learn more about the hotel, its services and events here at their website.

More hotel expansion for the city is also underway.

Scheduled to open Oct. 15th, the Holiday Inn & Suites Downtown is Chattanooga’s newest hotel, offering 139 rooms and 1600 square feet of meeting space, as well as the full service Rodizio Brazilian Steakhouse restaurant and bar area.

Construction has started on Chattanooga-based Vision Hospitality Group’s five-story, 90-room upscale boutique hotel in downtown Chattanooga near the Market Street Bridge. Plans also include a restaurant and two-level parking garage for the hotel that Vision would like to open in 2016. The hotel will have a collection that features local art as well as a rooftop lounge.

Work on a 250-room Westin hotel in downtown Chattanooga’s “Gold Building,” close to the Convention Center, is projected to start this fall. The hotel will also hold convention meeting space and is projected to open in 2017. With an estimated cost of $31 million, this will be one of the most expensive hotels ever built in Chattanooga.

Chattanooga City Center Changes.

The City of Chattanooga is redesigning Miller Park, Patten Parkway, MLK Boulevard and Miller Plaza to create the new Miller Park District. Chattanooga downtown boosters want to revamp Miller Park and Patten Parkway to be more pedestrian-friendly and more usable for public events. The city, backed by River City Co. and the Benwood Foundation, has allocated more than $3 million to rebuild the downtown green spaces.