Developer Issam Bassam, of Chattanooga, said Wednesday there is “very good interest” from regional and national restaurant chains, but no lease agreements are expected until later in the year.
The site plan for two parcels bordering the southeast quadrant of Paul Huff and Mouse Creek Road shows two unnamed restaurants and one retail area. Parcel 1 consists of 7,000 square feet of restaurant space and 134 parking spaces on 1.6 acres. Parcel 2 is drawn showing 7,000 square feet for dining, approximately 16,800 square feet of retail area and 167 parking spaces on 2.4 acres, leaving about 10 acres of open space.
If approved by planning commissioners, then it would be up to the Cleveland City Council to grant final approval.
Hines complained in January that muddy runoff caused by heavy rainfall served to exacerbate the problem of street and residential flooding since 2006, when the property was clear-cut of trees.
Mouse Creek Crossing has gone through several changes and prospective tenants since it was introduced as Valley Head PUD-2 to the City Council in November 2004. Council members approved the retail development after the first reading on Nov. 8, 2004, in spite of opposition expressed by nearby residents.
Hines and Councilman Bill Robertson voted against the development after first reading on Nov. 8, but voted in favor after the second and final reading on Nov. 22, 2004. At that time, it was reported possible tenants included Walgreens, Ross, Old Navy and Starbucks. The development surfaced again in November 2008 as a 24-hour grocery store with up to 22 smaller businesses surrounding it.
Mouse Creek Crossing was owned by Steve “Toby” McKenzie until Northwest Georgia Bank, of Ringgold, Ga., gained possession in July 2009 as part of bankruptcy proceedings against McKenzie.