News & Notes

December, 2018

December 10, 2018

Traffic, transit at core of debate over proposed West End tower 

Downtown Nashville's expansion is delivering more dense development than ever before to neighborhoods outside the urban core and fueling contention among residents tired of sitting in traffic and staring at glassy towers. 

On the edge of Midtown, four neighborhood groups have banded together against a proposal for what would be one of the largest buildings in West End. 

Brentwood-based GBT Realty wants to erect a 378,700-square-foot tower with a 175-room hotel, shops, and either offices or residences. The building would sit on a 1.5-acre lot bound by Murphy Road, West End Avenue and Interstate 440. 

The proposed 207-foot-tall tower is nearly double the size allowed by existing zoning regulations and would dwarf several nearby high-rises. 

The bid shocked neighbors in West End, Hillsboro, Sylvan Park and Richland, who say that it's one large step closer to traffic gridlock. 

December 7, 2018

Alexander: $25 Million Federal Grant Will Help Fix Middle Tennessee’s Traffic Jams


United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said a $25 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to the city of Spring Hill will help reduce traffic congestion in Middle Tennessee.

“It’s not a secret, traffic congestion in and around the Nashville area is a headache-- right now, if you take I-65 from Spring Hill to Nashville, you’re probably late to work because you’re sitting in at least an hour of traffic. This $25 million federal grant will create a new avenue for Middle Tennesseans to get to work more quickly,” Alexander said. “This was a highly competitive grant and Spring Hill will receive $25 million, which is the most any applicant can receive. This award is a great compliment to our state and its leadership.”

The city of Spring Hill will receive a $25 million federal grant to construct a new interchange between I-65 and I-840 and an extension of Buckner Road from Bunker Lane to Lewisburg Pike to connect the new interchange. The federal grant is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) program, which awards competitive grants to communities in Tennessee and across the country to fund significant transportation projects, including highways and bridges, public transportation systems, passenger and freight railroads and port infrastructure.

The BUILD grant program is funded by the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations subcommittee, of which Alexander is a member. In Fiscal Year 2018, the BUILD grant was federally funded at $1.5 billion.


November, 2018

November 21, 2018

Is telecommuting the solution to heavy Nashville traffic? 

Tired of Nashville traffic? Yes, that's a rhetorical question. However, this next one isn't. Have you asked your boss if you can work from home?  

If you are the head of the company, have you considered letting workers telecommute?

Nashville city leaders say the city is going to need more businesses to open up to the idea as part of a bigger plan to manage the growing traffic problem.

With tunnels, light rail and AMP all failing, experts say telecommuting equals winning and Gild agrees.

“In 2018, employers need to be able to provide that benefit,” Gild said.

The top fields offering remote work are medical and health, customer service, IT, accounting, education and administration and the work ranges from entry level to executive positions. Some studies show companies save about $11, 000 dollars per telecommuter in office expenses and operational costs.

November 5, 2018

Spring Hill Thoroughfare update to focus on public  

The city is looking to update its major thoroughfare plan, a living document, or roadmap, to how Spring Hill will develop its roads and infrastructure through 2040.

A public town hall meeting was held earlier this week at city hall, which was well attended by Spring Hill citizens and representatives. The meeting was conducted as an “open house,” where citizens were given the opportunity to pinpoint and vote on what city roads they believed should be given highest priority.

Much of last week’s meeting was the chance for citizens to talk to developers and give their direct input. However, the project’s leaders encourage more people to reach out to Thompson by email ( or traffic engineer and transportation planning manager Dyan Damron (

“Try to keep in mind that these projects are not cheap and they are not quick,” Damron said. “They aren’t going to happen by this time next year, but they will be in place. This is so we can have a plan in moving forward.”


October, 2018

October 26, 2018

A possible 676 more residences to provide growth spurt to Mt. Juliet's core 

The middle of Mt. Juliet will experience a growth spurt that could be up to 676 more residences that represent three very different developments.

Two developments that total 344 units have been approved by the city commission. They are:

• Vintage Station North: A mixed-use plan to build 192 apartments and 28 town homes between Industrial Drive and the railroad tracks near the train station. Construction is expected to start in early 2019, with the first units targeted for completion in about 14 months and the entire build-out by the end of 2020.

• Mountain Brook: A senior living community on just under 8 acres on Old Mt. Juliet Road near Old Lebanon Dirt and North Mt. Juliet roads that will include a three-story 102-unit facility and 22 additional independent villas for ages 55 and older. Construction on Mountain Brook is targeted to start late this year or early 2019, with hopes to open in 2020.

Lynwood Station is a proposed development that plans 113 single-family homes and 219 town homes on Clemmons Road, also near the train station. The project has received a positive recommendation from the planning commission and will now seek city commission approval.

October 26, 2018

Hendersonville board approves Forest Park Development despite concerns of overcrowded schools, roads 

Residents who spoke both in favor of and against the proposed 626-home Forest Park development agree on one thing: change is coming to Hendersonville in the form of growth. What kind of growth, however, was a main topic of debate at the city's Oct. 23 board of mayor and alderman meeting.

After listening to citizens speak on both sides of the issue, the board ultimately voted in favor of the development.

October 10, 2018


The GNRC Executive Board and MPO Transportation Policy Board October 17th meetings will be held at the Clarion Hotel, Nashville Downtown-Stadium location, 211 North First Street, Nashville, TN 37213 at their regularly scheduled times.

October 9, 2018

Moving forward: Mack Hatcher extension to finally break ground in 2019 

An extension of Mack Hatcher Memorial Parkway is now scheduled to break ground in 2019, Franklin officials said.The northwestern extension project for the roadway originally would have broken ground in 2018, but issues have prevented officials to meet that deadline. City and Tennessee Department of Transportation officials said Monday afternoon that the project would go to bid in December. 


October 9, 2018

Regional Smart Mobility Assessment Announced

Last week, the Greater Nashville Regional Council announced the kick-off of its Regional Smart Mobility Assessment Study to provide community leadership, IT directors, transit agencies, planning and public works departments, traffic operations managers, and other stakeholders with a framework for how emerging technologies can improve and optimize the region’s transportation systems. Read the full release here.

October 5, 2018

Some Are Quitting Their Jobs Over A Long, Bad Commute 

More than a quarter of Nashville employees surveyed say they have quit a job over a bad commute, according to professional staffing firm Robert Half.In a recent survey in 28 major cities, with 100 respondents in each city, the average nationally was 23 percent of employees admitting to leaving a job because of a bad drive. In Nashville, the average was 4 points higher at 27 percent. And 45 percent of local employees who said their commute had gotten worse over the last five years also said their company was doing nothing to help.


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