May Town Center developers move location of proposed bridge

Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 1:22am
Developers of the proposed May Town Center are proposing a new location for a bridge over the Cumberland River. Previously the bridge (as seen in this rendering) would have connected the center with Interstate 40. Courtesy of RTKL

The developers of May Town Center have proposed a new location for a bridge over the Cumberland River to ease opposition against the development.

Now, if the proposed $4-billion development wins approval, a bridge would pass over the river into the Cockrill Bend area and connect Bells Bend with Centennial Boulevard.

Previously, the bridge would have connected the development with Interstate 40, cutting across state-owned land next to the Charlotte Park neighborhood.

Tony Giarratana, a consultant for the May family on the development, said the decision was made about three weeks ago after meeting with the neighbors opposed to the bridge, the councilman and the state representative.

(Corrected version, July 1, 10:30 a.m.)

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By: nvestnbna on 12/31/69 at 7:00

" . . . cutting across state-owned land next to the Cherokee Park neighborhood."??? - sanburnI believe they meant "Charlotte Park" Centennial Blvd goes to the Prison, but also adjacent to John C. Tune Airport's proposed new entrance - this would be a coup - talk about a great corp location - that would be awesome.

By: Docpyro on 12/31/69 at 7:00

If Nashville isn't big enough,..then move back.WalMart is the only retail venue that has made a lasting impact in west Nashville, Bellevue even has/had a shopping mall.The residence of west Nashville are not going to support a new retail venue off the beaten path in a remote location.Ashland city has a WalMart now and has no reason to come into Davidson Co.The residence of Pegram and Dickson Co. couldn't help Bellevue center servive so why do they think that this project will be a success?

By: NewYorker1 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Are they really serious about this development? I thought they were just talking and dreaming. Where do they think they are going to get the companies to fill this office space. The city can't even get the projects that are on the table now developed i.e., Signature Tower, West End Summit, etc. I'd rather see these developers give their money to AIDS or cancer research than to continue to throw it away on these types of projects, which Nashville doesn't have the population to support.

By: evilj on 12/31/69 at 7:00

The residents of the area have made it clear they do not want this development. Why can't they get that?

By: nashbeck on 12/31/69 at 7:00

NewYorker1-- This project is completely different from Signature Tower and West End Summit. A large portion of companies considering to relocate to middle Tennessee want large areas of land to develop (i.e. Nissan in Cool Springs). The May Town Center will suffice companies with the land, and increase DAVIDSON COUNTY tax revenues instead of Williamson County, reducing the amount of urban sprawl in Nashville and the need to develop more interstates.

By: evilj on 12/31/69 at 7:00

It won't reduce urban sprawl...it will add to it. May Town is planned in the only area of Davidson County that isn't already developed. We don't need any more strip malls and McMansions.

By: NewYorker1 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

What happened to listening to what the PEOPLE want instead of listening to what companies want? The citizens out there DO NOT WANT that development. What part of "DO NOT WANT" don't they understand?

By: nashbeck on 12/31/69 at 7:00

evilj, better to keep the development within davidson county rather than outside the county. NewYorker1- Hate to say it, but no one is being forced out of their homes, and the benefit to Davidson County outweighs the opposition some residents have about traffic.

By: Time for Truth on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Benefits? What benefits? My first question is "Who pays for the bridge?"Nashbeck likes to spend taxpayer money since he isn't a taxpayer yet.Charlotte Park is sometimes referred to as "The Fords" as the streets are named after sixties Ford car lines.This will be a traffic bottleneck but better than the old plan. Thankfully the crappy economy will stall this.

By: NewYorker1 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

nashbeck, your sweetness. I have lived in Davidson county for a few years now. When I purchased my home in Green Hills, I paid property taxes that have increased since I purchased my house. I don't think I've experienced any benifits from any of these developments and city investments. My quality of life has not improved at all. I believe what is really happening here is that only a few people are benifiting and getting richer. They are saying it's going to be good for the city just so that they can get away with it.

By: WrdBrn on 12/31/69 at 7:00

BRIDGE: TG and the MTC crew have offered a very small concession by changing the site to Cockrill bend to coincide with the revitalization of JC Tune Airfield. The original bridge site was at the old Cleeses Ferry, which with about 3 navigations on your respective computers will show that the US ARMY Corps of Engineers is the owner. Speaking of the Corps - have they approved another bridge project - regardless of location - over some of the narrowest places of a river that has ever growing traffic?

By: WrdBrn on 12/31/69 at 7:00

MTC: The residents of Bells Bend have touched the true heart of nashville. The one that understands bike lanes, and walkable neighboorhoods. They have reached out and said, we are willing to make the ever so long 7 mile drive into west Nashville to shop. We will be the best stewards we can to this land. Tony G and his steam shovel have yet to prove they develop sustainable complexes. Maybe outside the Middle Tennesse area, but not here - he has a couple of condo highrises to his name. Once he finishes that hole he dug on Church Street maybe MAYBE we will let him do another infill project before we let him loose on anything else. We were fine before he got here... To quote Joni Mitchel: "They took all the treesAnd put them in a tree museumAnd they charged all the peopleA dollar and a half to see 'emDon't it always seem to goThat you don't know what you've gotTill it's goneThey paved paradiseAnd they put up a parking lot." - snip- Yellow Taxi

By: WrdBrn on 12/31/69 at 7:00

OVERALL: Nashville is in a pitiful bond situation. If given the chance when the army ants are finished ravaging the natural resource of the area known as Bells Bend -- once again the citizens of the entire county will be responsible to take care of the infrastructure and more left behind: new schools, new emergency services, new roads, ad infinitum. As a community we made a mistake by voting for a policy that says - voters must approve property tax increases - this was an abandoned picnic basket for the developers to sit down and feast upon. While in theory it sounded GREAT - we cannot use the power of the vote to oust officials that do not represent the voice of their constituents regarding this issue. You cant vote out the voter. **sigh**

By: airvols on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Newyorker, is always whinning on thie blog about how small Nashville is and how we can't do this or that, well I see you left New York. Maybe your should ask yourself why the quality of life is so good here, as they say in SOUTH, "we go this"! We can grow and keep a quality of life you moved her for, just watch. LOL

By: revo-lou on 12/31/69 at 7:00

I guess airvols got an “air-education” as I can’t understand a damn thing posted. “We go this” – What the crap does that mean?

By: PillowTalk4 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

I'm all for growth in Nashville. But even I'm not certain that this is the best use of that land. Quite honestly, if Nashville is serious about returning Nashville to being a family vacation spot, it will need something along the lines of an amusement park. To me the Bells Bend area would be ideal for it because it's not a heavily populated area and there are wide open spaces that would make it easy to layout an amusement park on a larger scale than the former Opryland Amusement Park. There's also plenty of land in the area that could be used for hotels, dinning establishments and possibly other entertainment venues like an amphitheater. Plus an amusement park will create seasonal and some year round jobs for teens, something that is badly needed. The park doesn't have to be on that specific property it could also be built on property which runs along Briley Parkway between Ashland City Highway and the Cumberland River which is closer to the old Ford Glass plant.

By: hankabilly on 12/31/69 at 7:00

The idea of a new town-all so bedazzling yet transparent and insidiously sanitized. Sounds like a place where you can never leave until the facade crumbles and you realize its just another corporate burg served by Wal-mart, Target and chain restaurants, corporate headquarters and homes with massive roofs and fake stucco. Tastes like chicken.

By: NewYorker1 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

I believe you misunderstood my post. I wasn't complaining about the size of Nashville, because I love the size of Nashville. If I wanted big city, I would have stayed in Manhattan. My point was that developers always use the "it's great for the city" line as a way of getting away with what they want to do and it only benefits their pockets in the long run. In essence, all these other developments that claimed to be great for the city and my taxes continue to increase.At any rate, I'm still beautiful and that's all that really matters.

By: Fan_of_Nashville on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Wake up and read the paper, either print or online. Nashville is in a terrible financial situation as is the rest of the country. I would like to see if all the want-nothings on this thread would be willing to support a property tax increase next year when gas is $6 a gallon. The argument that this project is urban sprawl is quite ridiculous - it's in the middle of the second largest city in Tennessee. Urban sprawl would be forcing development away from Nashville into surrounding counties, which is exactly what we have experienced for decades. It’s no surprise that two of the fastest growing communities in the United States border Davidson County. It's also no surprise that the quality of the air we breathe is one of the nation’s worst. Urban sprawl and nimbyism are interconnected, don’t let the misrepresentation of the facts and self interest fool you…I’m just sayin..

By: airvols on 12/31/69 at 7:00

revo-lou, LOL, your right the typos were bad, on a handheld and it was tough. How about WE GOT THIS!

By: dnewton on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Nothing is going to stop urban sprawl unless you put birth control in the food and water and a mined fence at the borders. Stopping sprawl means that we have to live on top of each other. Our population is going to double in 60 to 70 years. Our energy use per capita and our transportation consumption in vehicle miles traveled is going to climb faster than the background population count. To pay for our carbon foot print, we will have to consume even more.

By: nashbeck on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Great post "Fan of Nashville"
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By: Time for Truth on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Bells Bend is one of many such 'serene places' in Nashville. Those to the southeast and southwest are already being invaded by developers wanting to WalMart and Walgreens the last green spaces into submission. Along with new subdivisions that will cost taxpayers about 15k per house. The pro-development crowd will tell you that it is 'growth' and the result will be tax income. The truth is that it's 'sprawl' and the real result is infrastructure and societal services expense. New Yorker is right, building something new raises taxes rather than lowering them, unless it is infill. And who is paying for the bridge? If the developer isn't, then this is a major money loser for the taxpayer even if the feds pay for it. If Dean isn't careful, his legacy will be 'Nashville's Most Expensive Mayor'. A good first step would be implementing an adequate facilities fee like most surrounding counties have. Infill shouldn't have to pay it.

By: satalac on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Time for Truth, would you prefer that this be built in other counties instead? Nimbyism is only going to cause even worse sprawl and add to the traffic AND pollutions problems. Is having more job opportunities going to help or hurt the city of Nashville? Is landing more companies INSIDE Davidson county going to help or hurt Nashville? And Bells Bend will be guaranteed to still have over 800 acres of serene space. You can't compare Walgreen and Walmart to what is proposed at May Town Center. This will be a well planned out area that will be an attraction to businesses and residents alike. Hardly a negative. The fact is, Nashville is growing. Do we want it to continue its explosive growth outwards, or do we want to keep it in Nashville? Growth is inevitable. Let's not allow the Nimbys to force it into an Atlanta like sprawl.

By: WrdBrn on 12/31/69 at 7:00

To the "pro" developers - If the residents of the gosh darn all-mighty williamson county want to pave it from county line to county line and drive over sized cars over the speed limit while on cell phones and cutting in and out of traffic FINE. They all shop in Green Hills and we will smile and take their money all day long.... AND, they can keep writing those out of state tuition checks while our brightest and best know how win scholarship dollars. PPPPfffft. Do not think we need to all be like the lemmings of Williamson County - I don't buy it!

By: satalac on 12/31/69 at 7:00

WrdBrn, have you thought that maybe, just maybe, that if they paved that entire county and drove those huge cars, that it just might have an adverse effect on the city of Nashville? Have you looked at downtown today and seen the thick yellow haze? And where do you think these people might work and pay taxes? Williamson county maybe? They do spend a lot more IN Williamson county than out of it. So instead of bashing Williamson county to ignorantly make a point that holds no ground whatsoever, please think before you reply next time.

By: WrdBrn on 12/31/69 at 7:00

First my apologies to friends who I banter with here regularly; I really have to respond to a direct personal slam. In reference to SATALAC: "to ignorantly make a point that holds no ground whatsoever, please think before you reply next time." LMOL - Hhhhhahhhahhhahhahha! holds no ground... ignorant.... I suppose you did not read any of the other posts... or perhaps you haven't participated in neighborhood zoning issues, or PTSA meetings, or political campaigns, or been involved in protecting "the bend" all for at least 20 years... I am sorry you embarrassed yourself by having the savvy to read anything other than just words.....

By: satalac on 12/31/69 at 7:00

WrdBrn, so does that mean that the post you made that I was referring to holds no ground then? If I wanted to say anything about your other posts I would have. Instead, you took my response personally and tried to dance around the issue that I raised in an attempt to make me look foolish. Well I'm sorry that didn't work for you. Now how about you answer my questions that I raised instead of playing a game of smoke and mirrors? Embarrassed? Hardly, I'll let you handle the self embarrassment.