Avondale Center

Avondale’s Future YFD Center

The City of Chattanooga is investing over $6 million into East Chattanooga through the building of a new Avondale Youth & Family Development (YFD) Center. The new center, which will be built from the ground up, will more than double the square footage of the current Avondale center and include additional new amenities.



Coming up!

Current // Architectural Design

We’ve heard from the community and now it is time to put all of your ideas into action.
The architectural team, Hefferlin + Kronenberg, is now in the design phase for the new Center. We will be updating you soon regarding a timeline for the design phase as well as estimated dates for the bidding process to start for site construction.

Vendor Registry for Potential Contractors

  • As of October 2004, the City partnered with former TN Gov. Bredesen’s Diversity Business Enterprise Initiative. As a result of this partnership, the City no longer maintains a separate mailing list of potential contractors.
  • All bids/solicitations are also announced in the following media outlets: Time Free Press (the Classified Advertisements section); Chattanoogan.com; the Chattanooga Courier; the Northstar USA Informer.
  • For inquiries about specific diverse business enterprises, please contact Vanessa Jackson at the City’s Office of Multicultural Affairs at 423-643-7311 or vjackson@chattanooga.gov.


May 6, 2017 // Avondale Neighborhood Association Meeting
The City of Chattanooga, along with Heidi Hefferlin of Hefferlin + Kronenberg Architects, will be on hand at Saturday’s Avondale Neighborhood Association meeting. City staff and Heidi Hefferlin will provide the community an update on the progress of the New Avondale YFD Center. The meeting will begin at 12:00pm. The community is encouraged to attend. City staff will discuss rezoning the new center, the progress of the design phase, and the bidding process for contractor selection. We hope to see you this Saturday at the Avondale YFD Center.
February 25, 2017 // 2nd Community Input Meeting
February 11, 2017 // Community Input Meeting
What do you want to see in this space? Each opinion is valuable for the process and we welcome the open exchange of ideas Saturday, February 11 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm at the current Avondale YFD Center location.
Come and meet the designers, architects, city planners, etc. that will be on hand to personally listen to your ideas. This is the time for the community to list and ask for specific programs, classes, meeting rooms, dance rooms, music rooms, arts and craft rooms, what ever it is you want to see happen in this meeting place!
Let us know you’re coming by filling out the RSVP below.
December 2016 // Community Input process begins
Survey on Programming + Community Uses
December 2016 // Hefferlin + Kronenberg Architects Awarded Project
Local firm, Hefferlin + Kronenberg Architects, was selected to build new YFD Center in Avondale — pending Council approval in December.
August 2016 – November 2016 // RFQ process

  • Call for RFQ’s // August 2016
  • Deadline for RFQ’s // September 2016
  • City received multiple submissions.
  • Review Committee analyzed RFQs, requested presentations, and ranked finalists.

July 2016 // Budget Approved by Council
On July 1, 2016, the City’s capital budget was given final approval by the Chattanooga City Council, which includes the capital funds for Avondale’s new center.
May 2016 // Mayor Berke Pledges New Center
Earlier this year, Mayor Berke pledged $6M to build a new Avondale YFD center from the ground up.