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Preserve Chattanooga: Front Lines Of Historic Preservation

Common House No. 3 - a restored Industrial YMCA - in Southside Chattanooga.
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Common House No. 3 - a restored Industrial YMCA - in Southside Chattanooga.

Every day, historic preservation is happening in many ways here in Chattanooga.

What is that experience from a regulatory perspective - as a preservation-oriented developer - an advocate for historic sites - or just involved with personal projects?

We’ll dive into all of that for the latest in our conversation series in collaboration with Preserve Chattanooga, the historic preservation nonprofit in this city.

Todd Morgan is the executive director of Preserve Chattanooga.

Melissa Mortimer is historic preservation planner for the City of Chattanooga.

Leanne Kinney is a member of the Chattanooga Historic Zoning Commission.

Melissa and Leanne are also board members of Preserve Chattanooga.
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Stay tuned for the rest of our conversations with Preserve Chattanooga here on Scenic Roots.

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