MJ city center could get make-over

From Post staff reports

If Mt. Juliet leaders go along, plans from an area developer to construct a new city center could change the face of Wilson County’s westernmost municipality.

Developer Odell Binkley proposed to city officials on Monday a plan to construct a multimillion-dollar facility on 12.5 acres of land that used to be the location of the old Mt. Juliet Elementary School. The site is across from the Mt. Juliet Station of the Music City Star commuter train.

Under the plan, a new city hall would be constructed and would be large enough to include all of the city’s departments in one facility. Presently, city departments are scattered in different locations. The city would lease the city hall, under the plan, for an agreed upon number of years, he said.

Binkley said his plan would also include condominiums, a physician’s office and a drug store.

In addition to a new city hall, the developer also said other facilities could be constructed as well, included more office space and a civic center.

At the suggestion of Mt. Juliet Mayor Linda Elam, Binkley will meet with city workers to figure out their needs for space and to also determine what it will cost the city if it leases the city hall building.

The plan must be approved by Mt. Juliet City Commission.