A new look begins for the historic Fort Oglethorpe
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee – (WDEF) – A specific area of a city in North Georgia is about to receive a new look.
Lafayette Road in Fort Oglethorpe leads to the Chickamauga Battlefield.
It is still the official city center of Fort Oglethorpe.
But as it is, it doesn’t really look like a city center. And city leaders are now ready to change that.
After receiving a grant for the beautification, the city organizes focus groups with residents. Try to find out what they want.
According to City Manager Molly Huhn, “A lot of people say they want it to look prettier. And they want it to be fun.
They want to see vertical development. They want to see livelihood and activity. And green space.
These are generally the common things.
So why has this area slowed down?
An area that leads to the battlefield, which welcomes more than half a million tourists every year?
The main culprit is the construction of the ring road 27 many years ago.
Lafayette Road has lost approximately 2/3 of its traffic due to the bypass. And foot traffic has almost disappeared.
Fort O Public Works Manager Jeff Long, who is native, wants everything back.
“I live two blocks from where we are now,” Long said.
It would be nice for my family to be able to walk and enjoy music and meals. To just go out and see people on the street.
We always want to see our city grow.
Patience will be the key though. The beautification of a territory is a cooperative effort between elected officials and the public.
Huhn says that “the city of Chattanooga began its beautification process decades ago.
If you do it right, you are still working on it. I think we’ll see some progress here in a few years.
Huhn says that if Highway 2A is the convenience side of Fort O, Lafayette Road has to show what this historic city is all about….