CNE, with support from the Lyndhurst Foundation, engaged the Incremental Development Alliance to help design “Missing Middle” housing, multi-family housing with the look and feel of single-family homes, for Chattanooga’s neighborhoods.

Missing Middle housing types include duplexes, fourplexes, bungalow courts, and live-work units, among others. This project will explore pathways to creating Missing Middle Housing in Chattanooga. 

Missing Middle is a range of multi-unit or clustered housing types compatible in scale with single-family homes that help meet the growing demand for walkable urban living. These types provide diverse housing options along a spectrum of affordability, including duplexes, fourplexes, and bungalow courts, to support walkable communities, locally-serving retail, and public transportation options. Learn more about Missing Middle Housing here

Together, CNE and IncDevA conducted a series of development implementation charrettes, capacity-building trainings, and educational lectures to create a fully vetted package of information specific to the Chattanooga region that would prototype up to 3-4 building types.

The project

An on-site charrette took place at the beginning of August 2016 and consisted of three days of intensive drawing exercises and meeting with local experts to vet specific components of the building type package. CNE organized local general contractors, specific trade contractors, real estate agents/brokers, property managers, city planning staff, fire marshals, building code officials, architects, community bankers and key neighborhood stakeholders to take part in the refinement of the building type deliverables.

Following the charrette, Incremental Development Alliance held a Small Scale Real Estate Development Bootcamp, a day-long session designed to introduce the principles and implementation mechanisms behind neighborhood based development projects, for local contractors, builders, realtors and everyone in between. The workshop offered specialized training on how to create small projects, like 1-3 story buildings with less than 20 units, which are residential, commercial or mixed in use. 


Incremental Development Alliance has provided Chattanooga with its very own guide to building Missing Middle housing, complete with information about the city's codes, renderings, and more. The book is available for download below. 

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