Downtown Chattanooga

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River City Company was created in 1986 with the mission of implementing the Tennessee Riverpark Master Plan, Chattanooga’s twenty-year, twenty-two mile blueprint for riverfront and downtown development. As a result, we’ve worked in partnership with local government, the private sector, and the philanthropic sector to support and develop specific real estate projects in Downtown Chattanooga. The Planning and Design Center, a department within River City Company, not only facilitated the planning and design of many of these projects, but gave citizens a voice by engaging them in the planning process. Many of our projects and initiatives are outlined below.

The Block

The Block is one of the largest adaptive reuse projects in Chattanooga's history, turning the old Bijou theater into a vibrant urban centerpiece. Including Rock/Creek Outfitters; High Point Climbing and Fitness, a state-of-the-art 28,000 square foot climbing and bouldering gym with a 11,000 square foot dual art piece and climbing wall on the Broad Street facade of the building; and Chattz Coffee, a local artisan coffee roaster and wine bar. High Point also expanded in 2014 to include Kid Zone, a climbing and bouldering area geared towards kids but fun for all ages.

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Center Park
Center Park is downtown's community pocket park. Opened in April, Center Park is located at 728 Market Street. This vacant lot has been revived with the addition of sod, banners and a Food Truck Court. It is also the home for Fresh on Fridays and other community events like Movies at Center Park. Center Park is an interim use of this space until future development decisions can be made.
Majestic 12 Theater

Recognizing the need to keep moviegoers downtown, River City Company developed the state-of-the-art theater featuring 12 screens (3 with 3D), 2,500 seats and digital projection and sound.

20th Anniversary of Nightfall

Marking twenty years since the original Nightfall Concert Series began as an effort to encourage families to spend an evening rediscovering downtown. This series is one of the key events River City Company facilitates to continually animate downtown.

Renaissance Park

Included in the 21st Century Waterfront project was this 23-acre park on the north shore of the Tennessee River across from Chattanooga's downtown business and tourism district provides recreation and relaxation. Read about its impact here.

The 21st Century Waterfront

Under the leadership of then-Mayor Bob Corker, River City Company managed this project which developed nearly 130 acres on both sides of the river and connected all downtown redevelopment into a seamless network of attractions, commerce housing and entertainment.

Battle Academy & Brown Academy

River City Company and local governments were so successful in raising funds for a new downtown public elementary school that two magnet schools, containing UTC early childhood centers, were created to provide state-of-the-art learning communities for children who live downtown as well as children of downtown working parents.

Coolidge Park

River City Company helped plan this 13-acre public park on the north shore that includes a carousel, interactive water feature, pavilion, canoe/kayak launch and green spaces and inspired more than 30 restaurants and shops.

Bijou Theater

River City Company developed this movie theater that became a popular downtown destination after the work hours.

IMAX 3D Theater

River City Company developed this state-of-the-art theater that gave visitors another reason to experience downtown.

Redevelopment of Kirkman School site

River City Company helped carefully plan and develop this prime 16-acre former high school campus near the riverfront into the Creative Discovery Museum, IMAX Theater, Residence Inn and AT&T Field, home of the Chattanooga Lookouts. The redevelopment of this site later accommodated the development of River Pier Landing condominiums, a parking garage and the sweeping green space known as Chattanooga Green.

Riverset Apartments

River City Company helped launch this multi-family housing complex that spurred a wide variety of housing in the downtown area. The first downtown housing development in over 20 years, Riverset was 100% occupied within eight months and helped prove a vibrant residential market existed.

Trolley Barns

River City Company purchased the historic trolley barns and redeveloped the site that now serves as home to Big River Grille, one of the trolley barns first tenants in this adaptive reuse development.

Nightfall Concert Series

River City Company partnered with Chattanooga Downtown Partnership to transform this existing event into an annual 17-week summer long Friday night concert series in Miller Plaza.

Tennessee Aquarium & Implementation of the Ross’s Landing Area

River City Company developed the setting for the Aquarium and Visitors Center, as well as the Tennessee Riverpark, Riverfront Pier and shoreline greenway. River City Company also developed the site for this beacon of Chattanooga's downtown and riverfront renaissance, which helped to spur more than $500 million in new downtown development.

Tennessee Riverpark

River City Company launched phase one of this 13-mile linear park that stretches along the Tennessee River with trails, picnic areas, playgrounds, fishing piers, wetlands and more.

River City Company

Private funds of $12 million launched this non-profit to implement a 20-year riverfront and downtown redevelopment plan, which included acquiring tracts of key riverfront property that would become home to many of the following projects, thereby bringing many of the ideas in the Tennessee Riverpark Master Plan to life.