Gallatin News | John Cross
A massive new mixed-use development with 2,195 residential units along with commercial space and a business park is being proposed at the corner of Red River Road and State Route 109 in Gallatin.
The project would be built on approximately 655 acres currently owned by the Bowles Family Trust where an extension of Albert Gallatin Avenue/Hatten Track Road is already under construction, according to plans submitted to the city’s planning department.
“Everyone knew that when Hatten Track was slated to go through the property that this property would develop,” Gallatin Planning Commission Chairman John Puryear said during a meeting on Dec. 14. “We will get a better plan out of a development that addresses the whole 600 acres… than we would if it was piecemealed out small chunks at a time.”
In addition to a variety of residential housing types, the development would also include an 87-acre business park with 1.8 million square feet of space along with an additional 1.1 million square feet of commercial and office space, according to a staff report from the city’s planning department. Tampa, Fla.-based Kolter Land, LLC would serve as the master developer for the project.
Planning commissioners got their first look at the project last week.
During the meeting, Puryear said that his “major concern” would be to make sure that only a limited number of roads were allowed direct access onto the new section of Albert Gallatin Avenue.
“We just want to make sure that the nature in which this is developed doesn’t consume the capacity of this road and turn it into one that is filled with streetlights and signalized intersections down through there,” he added.
According to city officials, the $36 million road project will serve as a sort of northern bypass for the city by extending Albert Gallatin Avenue nearly two miles west from Dobbins Pike to a new interchange at S.R. 109 between Old Highway 109 North and Red River Road. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2021 and should help alleviate traffic congestion through downtown.
Gallatin City Engineer Nick Tuttle told planning commissioners last week that there are currently three planned access points along the new stretch of road. However, developers have requested one additional connection be added.
“I do believe that we’ve got a really good team here… and I believe that we all want the same thing for the area,” Tuttle said about ongoing discussions related to access management along the corridor. “We’re looking forward to seeing this plan as it continues to grow and develop.”
The Gallatin Planning Commission is scheduled to further discuss the proposed development during its next work session on Monday, Jan. 11 at 5 p.m. A vote on the project could take place two weeks later on Jan. 25.
SOURCE: Gallatin News