Business Bits: New Ooltewah development in the works, new program encourages carpooling

Developer Jay Bell recently broke ground on a new housing development in Ooltewah. (Photo: Contributed)

Ground broken on development in Ooltewah

Local developer Jay Bell is working on a new subdivision in Ooltewah called McKenzie Meadows.

“Housing starts and sales continue to grow and rebound in all Bell neighborhoods, and having the newest Hamilton County school will help to enhance your home’s value,” Bell said in a prepared statement.

The subdivision is near Ooltewah Elementary, and Bell said that helps make the subdivision family-friendly.
Homes range from 2,400 to 3,100 square feet and cost between $300,000 and $400,000.

The homes will feature granite countertops, hardwood floors, tile and private decks with screened-in porches. They also come with a two-year builder warranty.

Chattanooga’s Speech and Hearing Center celebrates 60 years, free screenings available this month
The Speech and Hearing Center, Chattanooga’s only nonprofit speech and hearing organization, is celebrating its 60th year in business.

“We are very excited to be celebrating our 60th anniversary as a vital resource for the region,” Connie Fernández, president and CEO of the center, said in a prepared statement. “The level of devotion by our staff is outstanding, and the impact of our services is evidenced when children whom we serve are succeeding in school and interacting socially with peers and when adults with hearing loss are communicating and engaged in the community.”

The organization provides services to people of all ages and income levels.

The staff helps parents identify speech and hearing impairments at an early age so that children can get the necessary treatment to be successful in school and beyond. The center also helps adults by treating hearing loss, according to a news release.

The center will provide free hearing and speech screenings for the month of May to honor Better Hearing and Speech Month, as well as the organization’s 60th anniversary. Screenings are free and available to individuals of all ages by appointment only. Call 423-622-6900 to schedule a visit.

Green Trips offers area employers ride matching service, commuter benefits
Leaders of Green Trips—a regionwide program that rewards residents and commuters for reducing single-occupancy vehicle trips—are now setting up customized commute programs with employers in the area.

The program’s website will let people connect with carpool or bicycle partners and earn rewards for biking, walking and carpooling, among other options, such as telecommuting or compressed workweeks.

EPB is the first company to join the program.

“EPB is proud to be a partner in the Green Trips program,” John Pless, EPB public relations coordinator, said in a prepared statement. “This is a great opportunity for the community to work together promoting sustainable living, less pollution and a healthier lifestyle while strengthening our local businesses.”

Green Trips is a program of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County/North Georgia Transportation Planning Organization.
Green Trips will phase in other employers at the first of June. Staff members are now able to meet with employers who want to join the program.

Green Trips is open to organizations in Hamilton County, as well as the northern portions of Dade, Walker and Catoosa counties.

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