News & Notes
March 23, 2018
New proposed mixed-use development will span 54 acres in Cool Springs
Developers announced a new plan Thursday for the northwest
intersection of Cool Springs Boulevard and East McEwen Drive that will include
500 housing units and 400,000 square feet of retail.
Parkes Companies, Inc. president Joe Parkes Jr. explained
that Avalon Franklin will consist of retail, town homes, condos,
office space, multi-family units, a theatre, daycare, a food hall and the
current City of Franklin fire station. As proposed, the development will
sit next to a Tennessee Valley Authority easement.
Franklin planners have worked with the Parkes Companies, Inc. for the last
three months prior to them submitting their plans to the city. The property is
currently zoned for specific development variety, but will have to further
approval from the Board of Mayor and Alderman because of the high number of
Want more information on Avalon?
Residents can talk with the developers about the project next week, March
28, from 6 to 7 p.m.
Location: City Hall Training Room
109 3rd Ave. S.
Franklin, Tennessee 37064
March 22, 2018
Population Boom: Middle Tennessee counties among fastest growing in state
Tennessee has seen an influx of 369,689 new residents since 2010 according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
The total represents a 5.8% increase from April 2010 to July 2017, bringing the state's total population to 6,715,984.
While Shelby is the most-populated, Davidson has seen the most-growth in Tennessee. Over the seven year period, Nashville has added 64,663 residents, representing a 10.3% growth.
From a percentage of growth standpoint, Trousdale has seen the highest rate of change with 28.2% growth, growing from 7,864 residents in 2010 to 10,083 in 2017. Williamson County ranks second with a 23.5% change, adding just over 43,000 new residents.
Rutherford, Wilson, Montgomery, Bledsoe, Sumner, Maury, Davidson, and Sevier counties rounded out the top ten counties in percentage of growth, respectively.
The news wasn't all about growth for some counties. Lauderdale County dropped by 9.3%, followed by Hardeman (-6.6%), Haywood (-6.6%), Weakley (-4.8%), and Lake (-4.6%) counties.
The new data comes just a few weeks after Forbes ranked the Nashville-Davidson balance as America's 7th-fastest growing cities.
March 21, 2018
Mayors Across Middle Tennessee Support First Step for Regional Transit
This morning mayors and county executives from across the region reaffirmed their commitment to expanding transportation options in Middle Tennessee by endorsing Davidson County’s “Let’s Move Nashville” as the first major step in constructing a regional transit system.
March 20, 2018
What a transit oriented development in Donelson means for Nashville's $5.4 billion mass-transit overhaul
March 19, 2018
Mayor Briley: Without mass transit, Nashville 'will fail'
March 19, 2018
700-plus condos get green light in Spring Hill
The Municipal Planning Commission approved site plans to build 768 multi-family units on approximately 88.6 acres of property located at the intersection of Old Kedron Road and Reserve Boulevard.
The Shadow Ridge development also will include two pools, a playground, community gardens and multiple dog parks. The property is zoned B-4 Central Business District, which permits multi-family units and commercial structures.
March 19, 2018
Nashville Could Be a National Example for Transit—If They Don't Screw Up
Each side of the proposed Nashville transit plan claims its plan will be the one to reduce congestion in Nashville’s center, a growing issue in the city as it attempts to stay competitive with its regional rivals. Currently, Nashville ranks 19th in the country for congestion. In the southeast, it's second only to Atlanta.
Unfortunately, solving these issues is not as easy as saying "trains good, cars bad." Likewise, adding road space will do nothing but exasperate Nashville’s congestion problem. Critics of the plan, like Randal O’Toole of the Cato Institute, have offered "more lanes of traffic on highways" as the alternative to the light rail plan.
March 16, 2018
Opinion: Could you imagine 'No Tax For Interstates'?
March 14, 2018
Nashville MTA launches pilot program for new door-to-door service
Nashville MTA has launched pilot program “Access on Demand” that aims to give those with mobility constraints more options for their transportation.
“Access on Demand” is similar to paratransit service “Access Ride,” but takes it one step further.
It’s a door-to-door taxi service, with no additional pick-ups or stops.
It also cuts down the reservation time from 24 to two hours prior to the desired pick-up time.
Amanda Clelland, Public Information Officer for Nashville MTA, said the pilot helps close the gap for those who can’t drive and gives them more independence.
March 13, 2018
Smart Growth America presents , Intersections: Creating Culturally Complete Streets in Nashville April 3-4 featuring Janette Sadik-Khan
With decades of experience in transportation issues within the private and public sectors, Janette Sadik-Khan is undoubtedly an expert. But after six years spearheading some of the most pioneering approaches to people-first street design while leading the transportation department in America’s most populous city, today she’s also a bit of a legend. She’ll be sharing her insights with participants at our conference