By TOMI L. WILEYSpecial to The Wilson Post
A refused offer from a local church to purchase a Mt. Juliet park has the City Commission rethinking the future of the property, with the hopes that the sale will allow the purchase of land closer to the center of the city for a larger, more convenient park.
Mt. Juliet City Manager Randy Robertson said Monday that the city commission is considering the sale of Mundy Park, off Belinda Parkway on the south side of town, and that a “request for a proposal” for the land has been sent out. Robertson said City officials have spoken with one Realtor so far “to see what the market will bear” and “to do the heavy lifting” of getting the nearly 30 acres of land on the market.
Robertson said the city commission requested “a two-fold method” on selling Mundy Park, which is now used mainly for softball and baseball events and most recently set up as a Frisbee golf course. He said the commission hopes for the land to be sustained as a park for at least a number of years, which was part of the condition of an offer made by Green Hill Church in Mt. Juliet that was denied by the commission recently.
“They would like to see if anyone would keep it as a park or camp site, with a recreational flavor to it,” Robertson said.
He added that the sale price tag on the park would be lower if a buyer agreed to keep the land in recreational use. If not, the land is zoned IR (Industrial Residential), and Mt. Juliet Economic Development Director Kenny Martin is “talking with” various businesses and schools about buying the land and locating there.
“If a buyer wants to build offices, a corporate campus, or college or school campus there and take advantage of that interstate visibility, that would be beneficial,” Robertson said.
The city manager said that the charter states that if the land sells and it is not used as a recreational facility then those funds will be “seed money” to go “directly” toward the creation of another park. City commissioners, with the “strong support” of the City Park Board, are eyeing property known as the Baltz farm near Mt. Juliet High School, which Robertson said will “create a more diverse, more centrally located park available for more people.”
City officials continue to look for area realtors to take on the sale of the property. For more information call City Hall at 754-2552.
Editor’s Note: Tomi L. Wiley is the editor of The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet. She may be contacted at Editor@thechronicleofmtjuliet.com.