Mt. Juliet Residents Say No To New Townhomes Between Their Neighborhoods

Posted at 6:49 PM, Dec 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-09 20:01:17-05

It’s a tale of two neighborhoods with an unwanted townhome community planned to be built in-between.

"Build some single family homes in that area, but townhomes just don't have a place in that neighborhood," said Kent Bailey.

A developer has planned to build more than 300 townhomes between the Park Glen and Tuscan Gardens neighborhoods, and residents have not been on board.

"It's going to be hard just to get out of our driveway let alone get out to get on the main road fighting more traffic, and it's going to overcrowd the schools as well," said Matt Ullman.

"I haven't had anyone call me to say, ‘Hey, this is a great thing.’ Not one phone call have I gotten," said Ray Justice, Mt. Juliet City Commissioner.

Justice said the community has not been against development, but that area just isn't suited for such a huge project.

"We just don't have room for it that. We can't do that to these people. We will create gridlock within the subdivisions," said Justice.

But Brent Campbell, the owner of the project's development company, has believed the area can handle the traffic, and once the Beckwich Road extension has been completed, traffic will flow onto Highway 70.

"The developer says that's going to help alleviate traffic, but you still have to go through our neighborhoods to get to that road," said Bailey.

Now residents have been making sure their voices are heard loud and clear.

"If enough people show their opposition to the rezoning for something that doesn't belong there, hopefully the city will turn it down."