News & Notes

March, 2018

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 dwelling units. 

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.

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   

Metro Council will hold its first vote Tuesday night on a proposed transit-oriented development in Donelson slated to help juice ridership for the region's lone commuter rail, the Music City Star.

City officials point to the Donelson project as an example for how transit-oriented development could work in Nashville, arguing it will provide valuable lessons for Metro moving forward on what works and what doesn't.

Transit-oriented developments, or TODs, have emerged as one of the next big development trends in Nashville, and their prominence will only grow in the years to come if voters approve Metro's $5.4 billion mass-transit overhaul in 42 days.

These developments, if done correctly, result in density, and density results in ridership.


March 19, 2018

Mayor Briley: Without mass transit, Nashville 'will fail'  

The day he became mayor, David Briley took the bus to work. Later in the week, he used a ride-sharing service to retrieve his car from the shop.

Wednesday morning, just over a week after his inauguration, he used both as examples of how transportation is changing, and will change more, in and around in Nashville as the city continues to grow. It's part of his pitch for the city's proposed $5.4 billion mass-transit plan, which will appear on voters' ballots in a referendum less than two months from now.

His keynote Wednesday — the opening act to a fiery panel hosted by the Nashville Business Journal that featured vocal critics and advocates of the plan — gave the city's business community its most in-depth look yet at the case Briley will make as he seeks to build support for the plan.

In short, Briley voiced much the same message Barry and her allies had been in recent months. Nashville has a choice, Briley told the crowd: invest in itself and build a system to accommodate the city's growth, or do nothing.


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'?   

The year is 1956. Congress has just passed legislation to create the visionary Interstate Highway System.

This new, stop-free mode of travel promised to revolutionize transit. However, what the engineers could not foresee was the degree to which America’s interstates would also shape the culture and economy of the country in the second half of the 20th century.

In Nashville on May 1, we face a decision to approve another revolutionary plan for transit. This decision will almost certainly have the same radical and far-reaching significance on our Nashville culture in the 21st century as interstate highways had in the 20th.

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  

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