First transit-oriented development in TN breaks ground
The Star station will be located just off the village square, which will be surrounded by mixed-use land that can accommodate retail, restaurants and apartments. Bell said they would like for people to be able to live there and have everything they need.
This is something Lebanon hasnt seen before, he said. Wed like for it to be a place for people to do everything.
Mike Wrye, vice president of Lose & Associates, Inc. engineering and architectural firm, said the development will offer residents an urban-light lifestyle, and residents can access all parts of the development by walking and bike trails.
Bell and Wrye said they had been working on the development for years, with the first plans in 2005. However, when the housing market tumbled, Bell said they had to look in a new direction.
The housing downturn hit and we needed to have something that set us apart, Bell said.
What we had done before was not going to be desirable in the new economy, Wrye added.
Whereas before they had focused the development on the frontage of Hwy. 70, Bell said they shifted focus to the commuter rail that was not established until 2006 and has seen its ridership increase to record numbers in the past few years.
We are pleased to see a developer recognize the value of public transit and create an opportunity for local residents to live, work, and shop within walking distance of the Music City Star. This is a huge win for the Regional Transportation Authority, or RTA, and Wilson County community, said Paul J. Ballard, CEO of the RTA.
Bell said construction crews are currently working to build the main roadway in the development, Hamilton Station Boulevard, as well as the Hamilton Station Apartments. The first units are set to open in a years time, according to Bell.
They will have people living here this time next year, he said.
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