Nolensville explores new development projects
By JESSICA PACE
For Brentwood Home Page
The city of Nolensville may be small, but it’s thriving – and taking steps toward expansion.
Besides a potential liquor store in the future, which the city voted in favor of early this month, Nolensville is looking into new residential and commercial development and may be picking up where it left off on certain projects.
One such project was a Home Depot on Nolensville Road. Originally announced for development prior to the recession, plans for the new location were later put on hold.
“We have no definitive information about when Home Depot will eventually start their project,” Mayor Jimmy Alexander said. “We’re very hopeful it will come about in a short period of time.
“I have heard they still retain the option to the property, and that means, to me, that they’re still interested. I believe they will ultimately build, but I don’t know when.”
While prospects of a new Home Depot are uncertain, things look a little different for the Town Center at 7240 Nolensville Road, a major Nolensville work in progress. The former Piggly Wiggly was divided into separate units that are now home to a handful of new businesses including Mexican restaurant Campo Azul, Cigar Bar & Bistro and Animal House, a pet supply and grooming business.
Town Center owner Bill Tisano says The Sweet Spot, a candy, nut and ice cream shop run by Bruster’s, will open there in two. A gift shop is expected to open Feb. 1.
Tisano says he is talking to four other businesses interested in the remaining storefronts but cannot disclose names at this point.
Uncle Bud’s Catfish Restaurant at 7215 Nolensville Road plans to relocate to the Town Center next to Martin’s Bar-b-que in two weeks. Mama’s Java, located at 7177 Nolensville Road, will also find a bigger home in two weeks in the building across the street next to Dollar General.
Subway, a nail salon as other businesses will occupy the building with Mama’s Java, Tisano said, adding that food is what Nolensville residents want to see more of in the growing town of close to 6,000 according to the 2010 Census.
As for the liquor store, Tisano hopes to open one at the back end of the Town Center where the former Dollar General was located.
“It’s the perfect site. Some people are worried about having a liquor store, but this location is not on the main road, so it’s not in your face. You’d have to know where it is to find it,” Tisano said.
Rick Owens chairs the town’s Planning Commission. Owens noted that while local development is happening in “fits and starts,” things are looking good for Nolensville.
“I am hopeful that development will pick up as most developers adopted a ‘wait and see’ approach prior to the election, which has stalled or curtailed projects entirely. Funding availability and apprehension over the future economic climate is largely responsible for this behavior as business owners struggle to assess the impact of increasing taxes and government regulations,” Owens said.
It appears that Nolensville’s fast-growing population is changing the hesitancy to build, however. In addition to expanding commercially, Nolensville’s Bent Creek area may be welcoming an “active adult” community for retirees looking to downsize. The Nolensville Planning Commission recently reviewed tentative plans for these units, which would be approximately 2,000 square feet and are based on Goodall Homes’ design of Cottage Grove in Goodlettsville.
Other projects include a new Mormon church, which Alexander says will be built across the street from the Benington subdivision entrance on Sunset Road. Both the Planning Commission and board have approved plans for the church, and building is expected to start soon.
Owens also says that a request to expand OutlandUSA, an outdoor sporting goods store located at 2017 Johnson Industrial Boulevard, was recently presented to the Planning Commission and will likely come to fruition.