There is exciting news in the development of Antioch.
Tuesday, at the monthly Crossings Nashville Action Partnership meeting, David Young, the Chief Operating Officer for Oldacre McDonald, told the audience they received final approval to complete the Hickory Hollow Parkway interchange on Interstate 24.
“We got the letter Tuesday,” Young told the cheering crowd of about 40 or so local business and community leaders. “It is fully approved.”
He said they hope to complete the interchange during the first quarter of 2018.
On Twitter, Jacobia Dowell, the Metro Council Member in whose district the project is taking place, said, “Bring on the bulldozers! So excited to hear the Hickory Hollow Pkwy extension was approved by TDOT!”
In response to questions on the AntiochTenn.com Facebook Page, Dowell added, “We got approval for the interstate improvement – Hickory Hollow Pkwy extension. When you get off Hickory Hollow Parkway, you will be able to exit into Cane Ridge Parkway (new road) into the development or you can continue to Hickory Hollow Parkway. Cane Ridge Rd and Old Franklin will not change other than widening, roundabouts, sidewalks.”
Completing the interchange is part of a massive development/redevelopment project being taken on by Oldacre McDonald. Their plans for a 300-plus acre multi-use development will include a mix of retail, office, and residential, and the project is already coming to fruition in some aspects.
While there is much excitement, a few have expressed some mixed feelings about the project.
“It’s great to see the area revitalized but sad to lose the farm,” Jessica Roberts said. “I have loved the semi-rural feel of the area.”
According to Young, Conn’s HomePlus is expected to open “at the end of the month or first week of February.” He also anticipates Flood and Décor to open the first week of April. Both buildings are located in the former Target location, and Young said work is nearing completion, adding that lighting and the façade are complete.
Additionally, work has begun on the Community Health Systems building, which when complete, will span 240,000 square feet and employ approximately 2,000 people.
And that may not be all.
“We’re working with some other potential office users,” Young said. “I can’t say who yet.”
He added that Metro’s water department has started a project to extend sewer mains some 8,600 linear feet – almost two miles – in preparation for the major development work, and he said that public works will be requesting bids for contracts to do road construction and improvements, as well as sidewalks, related to the development.
“There’s a whole lot going on all of a sudden,” Young said.