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Starting My Christmas List

Since it is exactly six months until the big day, I thought I would go ahead and start making make out my Christmas List. Surely with about 180 shopping days to go, there is still time for all of the Development Elves to wave their magic wands and make a couple of my wishes come true. If either of these things are also on your list, let’s work together and make them happen!

Something that is relatively new to my list, but could be an awesome addition to our community is something we saw first-hand this past weekend in Cheatham County. Out in the middle of nowhere, as we rounded a bend on Highway 12 coming from Clarksville into Ashland City, two identical, magnificent looking 10-story condo towers suddenly appeared. As we made our way to them, they only became more impressive. While some of the upper floors may have a view of the river, it was hard to imagine that the lower ones could see much water at all. At that instant, I asked myself why in the world Mt Juliet could not do this. I’d certainly not want to pop up anything like this that would even remotely obscure the view of anyone who already has a lake view they enjoy. It may be possible that there is not a single place left on Old Hickory Lake that could accommodate such a project. But it may also be possible that there are indeed locations that could support a development like this without impacting a single other property.

With the well documented condo boom going on in the heart of downtown Nashville, it’s not much of a stretch to think there may also be folks who would pay handsomely to have the same type of living accommodations with not only awesome views of the lake, a marina, and miles of rolling hills, but probably even views of the Nashville Skyline. All of this in Mt Juliet and so close to the big city. Infrastructure, land, and development costs are certainly not cheap, but these units are selling for well over $300,000 in Ashland City! Google the Braxton Condos online and see for yourself. Let’s pick out a spot now so we can have this in place before all of the good spots are taken.

Compared to the above condo project, my next wish is a whole lot easier and millions cheaper. I’m asking Santa to help us find a spot on which to relocate the large salt, vehicle, and equipment storage building currently on Industrial Drive behind the soon to be completed funeral home. Planners, developers, investors, site selectors, and ECD Professionals local leaders know very well about the highest and best use for property. That location has probably served us well for the last several years. The time is now to turn the page and find a better use for that property. With that whole area now being developed into nice retail space, offices, and restaurants, the salt trucks and that metal building need to be relocated. Let’s do what we need to do to keep the downtown development ball rolling. Clearly this would be beneficial to all concerned!

Most might think these are just a couple of “Big Hairy Audacious Goals”. But like I’ve said many times before; not only do we all need to have them individually, but as a community we must have some B.H.A.G.s. These are but just a couple of mine.

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