Donate NOW!

Sign up for TCWN's E-news

Tennessee Clean
Water Network

123A S. Gay St.
Knoxville, TN 37902

Office: 865.522.7007
Fax: 865.525.4988

VW site in Chattanooga

July 31st, 2008 by Renée Hoyos

I was able to take a tour of the VW site in Chattanooga last week. This is truly a great story. The site was an old ammunition factory during WWII and was horribly polluted. Chattanooga paid big bucks to reclamate the site and now they have attracted VW to set up shop on the restored brownfield.

I took the tour with Bill Phillips who is a wetland specialist. Though the site was being prepared and was mostly shaved ground, he took me to the back of the property to see the areas that are slated to become conservation easement greenspace.

Apparently, VW asked some hard environmental questions to the Chattanooga decisionmakers before making their decision to move here. They WANTED a brownfield site to build on. This is good corporate sponsorship if ever there was one!

Now to see if they honor the requirements of their permits. We’ll be watching…



2 Responses to “VW site in Chattanooga”

  1. Sandy Rees Says:

    I wish more companies would move in to Tennessee and ask hard environmental questions!!

  2. J. King Says:

    What a great initiative toward reclamation of the brownfield! Thanks to all who made this conservation effort a success story and do keep up the good work.

Leave a Reply