Phase 1 of Col­legedale Com­mons opens Sun­day

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East Hamil­ton County res­i­dents have watched progress be­ing made on the new Col­legedale Com­mons with an­tic­i­pa­tion of its ad­di­tions of a shade mar­ket, pav­il­ion/event venue and sound stage.

The project is so mas­sive it has been di­vided into three phases of work, and Phase 1 will hold its grand open­ing on Sun­day af­ter­noon, Nov. 5, in Col­legedale. It’s be­ing made even more of a cel­e­bra­tion with the ad­di­tion of the light­ing of the Col­legedale Christmas tree.

Ac­cord­ing to David Barto, di­rec­tor of the Col­legedale Foun­da­tion, there will be mu­sic by South­ern Ad­ven­tist Univer­sity’s orches­tra, con­ducted by Lau­rie Min­ner, with vo­cal mu­sic by Jor­dan Otis. Of­fi­cials will hold a rib­bon cut­ting fol­lowed by the light­ing of the Christmas tree.

Even Santa Claus is mak­ing an early trip to town to be on hand for this cel­e­bra­tion. The jolly old elf will ride in on a fire en­gine while throw­ing candy to kids.

“There will be food trucks on- site and ven­dors from Chat­tanooga Mar­ket,” adds Barto.

Phase 1 con­tains a 30,000- square- foot area planted with 32 Dawn Red­wood trees — 2,000 square un­der en­try ion’s lodges at Yel­low­stone de­sign pav­il­ion. the such feet shade is of as in­spired The or you’d that mar­ket/ Glacier pavil- area see by national He thetic terms “park-itec­ture.” parks, the de­sign says Barto. aes

pav­il­ion Re­strooms on both flank sides. the A Ja­panese cedar will be planted at the back of the shade pav­il­ion to serve as a per­ma­nent Christmas tree.

Barto says Phase 1 car­ries a price tag of $4.4 mil­lion for its build­ings, clock tower and four acres of in­fra­struc­ture work.

“Im­me­di­ately fol­low- ing the grand open­ing, con­struc­tion will start on the 11,000-square-foot cov­ered pav­il­ion, which will be done by the end of March,” says Barto. While the en­try pav­il­ion will serve small gath­er­ings, this sec­ond pav­il­ion will be large enough to serve as an event venue. “It’s made to house ven­dors for the farmer’s mar­ket,” says Barto. “But we’ve al­ready got peo­ple want­ing to rent it for wed­dings and din­ner par­ties.” Also part of Phase 2 will be com­ple­tion of the re­main­ing in­fra­struc­ture work at the site.

Phase 3 will be the ad­di­tion of a sound stage, where con­certs will be held. Barto es­ti­mates its com­ple­tion date at the end of 2019.

STAFF PHOTO BY ERIN O. SMITH

The first phase of the Col­legedale Com­mons in­cludes this shade pav­il­ion and a set of re­strooms along with a grove of 32 Dawn Red­wood trees.

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