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New Friends & Neighbors Coming Soon!

I suppose it’s just a bit too early to start baking a casserole or brewing the sweet tea, but hopefully it won’t be long now. Last week at the MJ Regional Planning Commission a couple of very significant approvals were given for those wanting to develop residential home projects. Those businesses and residents on the north end of our community will see hopefully see the development of the previously started MJ Commons. This development is being designed to provide a variety of options and home sizes. What was approved is only a concept and there will likely be many changes here and there before final approval is granted, but at least the needle is moving in the right direction. A key component of this project is the new stop light installation being planned on Lebanon Road in front of this project. Along with the re-alignment of N Greenhill Road this will provide for a much safer intersection and will undoubtedly spur some very welcome retail projects to better serve those who live in the northern area of our community. More details on this project will be available in the coming months.

As for the new “Lifestyles” Community proposed for the Providence area, it appears that it will become a reality very soon. This project is hard to imagine since there is really nothing else like it in the area. They have a very specific demographic target which is going to bring even more positive attention to our community. This project is being designed specifically for young professionals and is going to be unlike anything we have ever seen. It is a common question around here from large businesses considering a possible move to MJ; “where will my employees live if we move our corporate offices here”? Lifestyles will be huge draw to these types of employers and employees. For those of us with children who will be finishing college and are used to living in a social environment, moving to a traditional apartment or townhome development is not very desirable. Lifestyles will provide for a highly social environment, neighbors who are of about the same age, and with amenities many of us could only dream of when we were that age. Just imagine, one of these days our sleepy little Mt Juliet might just be the new “it” place for our kids who otherwise might have had to move to points yonder. Even more customers for our businesses too!

There are many other projects in the pipeline which is very exciting. Just think, if we are lucky one of these days there will be families that only need to travel from one end of town to the other over the Thanksgiving Holiday instead of hitting the road for long and tiring road trips. Don’t start the oven up just yet, but you may want to dust off your casserole cookbook pretty soon. I hope you have a safe and Blessed Thanksgiving. For all you do to make our community so special, I’m thankful to you. I will see you right here next week! Follow Mark on Twitter @MJChamber #mjchamber or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and visit 24/7 at

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