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Cornerstones Inc.


For the purchase and restoration of the
Wasson Car Works/Ross Meehan Building
1791 and 1795 Reggie White Blvd (next to First Tennessee Pavilion)
Tax parcel 145K E 001.03
Tax parcel 145K E 001.04
Building 62 x 144 (8928 sf)
Deadline for Proposals: Thursday, August 31, 2017

Cornerstones, Inc., Chattanoogas historic preservation organization, requests proposals for the purchase
and historic rehabilitation of its property and building known as the Wasson Car Works/Ross Meehan
Building located immediately adjacent to First Tennessee Pavilion at 1791 Reggie White Blvd., between
Main and 23rd Streets in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The site includes a small adjacent lot.

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The Wasson Car Works/Ross Meehan Building is located within the city limits of
Chattanooga, Tennessee, across the street from Finley Stadium and adjacent to the First Tennessee
Pavilion, both of which are major regional event venues and owned by the City of Chattanooga/
Hamilton County government. They are donating the property to Cornerstones, Inc. to oversee the
historic restoration of the building.
The surrounding district is currently undergoing much redevelopment and revitalization, with
nearly 700 units of new multi-family housing currently under construction within a three-block radius.


Building Description: This foundry building is believed to be one of the oldest buildings in
Chattanooga, probably built around 1875 by the Wasson Car Works. The brick, one-story building has a
gable roof that is supported by wooden 12 x 12 trusses, 62 feet wide with a continuous, single-piece

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bottom chord. There is one interior partition wall. The floor is concrete. Some of the original window
openings have been modified or bricked up. There is one brick partition wall inside the building. The
buildings footprint is approximately 144 feet by 62 feet, 8928 square feet.

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Building History: This foundry building was built by the Wasson Car Works, a manufacturing
company that built railway cars in Chattanooga from 1873-1885. The Wasson Car Works employed 250
workers (one of Chattanoogas largest companies) and could manufacture 8 freight cars and 64 car
wheels per day. Wasson made the open trolley cars for the first Incline to Point Park. The 1885 Sanborn
map shows the footprint of this building. The site was purchased by the Ross Meehan Foundry in 1889,
and operated continuously until 1986.

Building Condition: The building is damaged and in immediate need of stabilization. The roof
on the west end of the building has lost shingles and decking, and thus three (3) trusses have collapsed.
The walls and remaining trusses are in salvageable shape. On behalf of Cornerstones, Inc., Bennett and
Pless has provided a structural engineering report that addresses the short-term stabilization needs. The
report is attached.

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Zoning: The property is currently zoned as a civic use under the Form Based Code because it is
currently part of the Finley Stadium/First Tennessee Pavilion complex. Any rezoning shall be the
responsibility of the new owner.
Environmental: Neither the City of Chattanooga, Hamilton County government, nor
Cornerstones. Inc. offers any environmental warranties. Any additional environmental testing shall be at
the expense of the new owner.

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Storm Water Management: It shall be the responsibility of the proposer and/or the purchaser/
developer to ascertain the requirements for City regulations relative to storm water management issues
for any proposed development of the building.


The property shall be sold in an as is condition. It shall be the responsibility of the proposer and/
or purchaser/ developer to determine the condition of the building, and the suitability of the property for
any proposed new development prior to the sale.

A boundary survey shall be the responsibility of the proposer and /or purchaser/ developer to be
obtained at their cost.

Any alterations or additions to the historic property must conform to the Secretary of the
Interiors Guidelines for Historic Buildings as well as more specific design guidelines as may be
required by the Department of the Interior, the Tennessee Historical Commission, the City of
Chattanooga or Hamilton County.

Federal Tax credits may be available for this building. Certain types of the credits may require
the completion of the National Park Services application which should be done prior to construction
commencing. Cornerstones, Inc. is willing to provide technical assistance if needed.

Any redevelopment of the property must conform to all building and zoning requirement and/or
ordinances. Cornerstones must be included in the design review process.

Stabilization of the building, including removal and repair of the collapsed trusses, must begin
immediately and be completed within 30 days.

Restoration must begin within three (3) months of the date of closing on this property and
completed within one (1) year of the date of closing. Cornerstones must be included in the


The proposal should be in the form of a Letter of Intent to Cornerstones, Inc. and should reflect the
1. List experience in restoring historic structures.
2. Describe the proposed renovations in detail and provide elevations.
3. The completed project will seek a certified historic rehabilitation following the Secretary of
Interiors Guidelines for Rehabilitation Historic Buildings.
4. Commit to the timelines for stabilization and restoration outlined in this RFP.
5. Propose a compatible use to the neighborhood surrounding the property that enhances the
character and livability of the surrounding neighborhood.

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6. Offer a purchase price. If Cornerstones, Inc. receives several equally qualified proposals, the
purchase price will become the tie breaker.
7. Demolition of existing structure is not allowed. If for whatever reason, the purchaser cannot
complete the renovation project within the specified time, the property could revert to

Proposals and offers to purchase must be received in the office of Cornerstones, Inc., 736
Georgia Avenue, Suite 106, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402 by 4:00 PM EDT.

Members of the Cornerstones Board of Directors and The Chattanooga Design Studio shall judge
the proposals, select, and approve all exterior design plans.
Evaluations of the proposals and recommendation for selecting the proposal will be based on the
criteria listed below in order of importance:
1. Project Quality and Use
2. Overall desirability, preservation of the historic integrity, compatibility of the proposed project as
it relates to surrounding development, proposed and existing.
3. Active use of the historic property, such as commercial, neighborhood retail, to complement and
shore up the revitalization of the Southside.
4. Qualifications and Ability of the Applicant.
5. Price.

The proposer and/or purchaser/ developer shall hold harmless Cornerstones, Inc. for any loss or
damage to the property arising from the process of conducting such engineering tests, surveys,
inspections soil borings and will be required to sign a Hold Harmless Agreement.

Cornerstones, Inc. must be listed as additional insured on any necessary liability policies.
Coverage must be evidence with a signed certificate of insurance and be placed with an insurer rated
B+10 or better by A.M. Bests Rating Guide. In addition, coverage may not be canceled without at
least a 30-day written notice.

Under no circumstances does Cornerstones, Inc. certify or attest to the accuracy or validity of
any document or report provided to the proposer and/or purchaser/ developer, but does certify that each
such document or report will be the same completed form as received by Cornerstones, Inc.


Tours of the historic building and property can be arranged by calling the Cornerstones office at


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A real estate purchase agreement, with specific terms, will be negotiated with the purchaser/
developer selected.


Cornerstones, Inc will not pay a commission.

Cornerstones, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation chartered to preserve and restore historic
buildings and places in the greater Chattanooga area. All dimensions and numerical values are taken
from sources deemed reliable but no warranty or representation is made as to the accuracy thereof.
Cornerstones, Inc. reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, and to negotiate with any or all of the
proposers or with others for the work to be done. This request does not represent a commitment or offer
by Cornerstones, Inc. to enter into any agreement with a proposed developer and Cornerstones, Inc. to
enter into any agreement with a proposed developer and Cornerstones, Inc. retains the right in its sole
discretion to reject any or all proposals.

All proposals will be submitted at the proposers own cost and expense. Cornerstones, Inc. will
have no financial obligation relative to the submission of any proposal.


Questions relative to this Request for Proposals should be addressed to Ann Myers Gray at
Cornerstones, Inc., at the above address or 423-265-2825.

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