There is no denying that the city of Collegedale is poised for growth, and there isn’t a better indication of that than Collegedale Commons.
Plans for the Collegedale Commons facility were announced in January. The 8-acre tract of land will offer green space, a 15,000-square-foot event barn, conference areas, and an open-air structure that will house a version of the Chattanooga Market and other outdoor activities. The facility will be located directly behind Collegedale City Hall.
As a lead-up to phase one, leaders will host Christmas at the Commons on Nov. 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Christmas at the Commons will feature food trucks, live music and related vendors near the City Hall area. The event is free to the entire community.
The event will also serve as the official kickoff for the community fundraising phase. Volunteers will be present at the event to discuss the various fundraising levels.
In addition, the festival will allow for citizens to learn more about the projected phase one of the three-phrase commons project.
The first phase will include the construction of a 56,000-square-foot open-air farmers market operated by the Chattanooga Market. The future phases will allow for a sound stage, community center and proposed 15,000-square-foot event hall.
“The city owns the property, and we have a joint agreement where we’re designing it and raising money for it,” said David Barto, director of the Collegedale Tomorrow Foundation. “Phase one is $5.4 million and covers all the site-related work, landscaping, parking, grass, etc., the market and a storage building.”
An anonymous donor has announced a $1.8 million dollar for dollar matching grant for the project. If money is raised, construction will begin in January, with the first market set for July 2016. More information on donations can be found here.