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On The Rise: Donelson revitalization plan unveiled

Posted at 4:38 PM, Nov 27, 2018

Plans for the revitalization of the Donelson plaza show the new Nashville Public Library branch at its center.

Demolition is expected to begin this week. It will clear the tract of the plaza for the library to be built.

Holladay Properties unveiled its plans Tuesday, saying they aim to keep the spirit of the Plaza alive, while updating it and extending its lifespan for decades to come to the benefit of the Donelson community.

“We plan to transform Donelson Plaza into a walkable town center, and in doing so, to rekindle the historic center that’s long been a hub of the Donelson community,” said Benton Smothers, Vice President of Development for Holladay Properties’ Nashville office. “A lot of thought and energy has gone into making this a long-term, generational vision and we’re delighted to have the library as civic anchor.”

Planned improvements for the property currently include:

  • A new Nashville Public Library Donelson Branch, built at the center of the Plaza;
  • Refurbished building facades and courtyards;
  • Redesigned landscapes, sidewalks and roadways; and
  • Future mixed-use buildings, flanking the entrance to the new library.

These improvements will occur in multiple phases, with demolition work of unoccupied portions of the Plaza beginning imminently. Infrastructure work and improvements to the existing retail buildings will begin in 2019, with the groundbreaking of the Nashville Public Library Donelson Branch expected in 2020.

During construction, Donelson Plaza will continue to operate with all businesses remaining open and active.

Donelson has seen a lot of growth, prompting multiple development plans:

Donelson Transit Development Plan Hits Speed Bump 
American Legion Post 88 To Be Sold For $5.25 Million
Neighborhood-Based Transit Approach Under Consideration In Donelson
Donelson Businesses Brace for Development Boom