Updates: Rock quarry, police station, new developments, and apartment fire

Hermitage rock quarry battle shifts to environmental impact
Metro Councilman Larry Hagar is pulling out all the stops to keep the proposed rock quarry project on 771 Burnett Road out of Hermitage.
On Tuesday night, the councilman along with representatives from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, heard from over 100 residents. Most of those who spoke opposed the rock quarry because of health concerns caused by water and air pollution.

Currently, a law suite is in the chancery cort that involves 6 neighbors living near the Old Hickory Dam who have filed a lawsuit against Industrial Land Developers for not applying for or obtaining Tennessee Depart- ment of Environment and Conservations permits at the time that a Metro ordinance was enacted to limit quarry operations.

Hagar and others expect the lawsuit and the comments from the community will lead to further investigations into the plan’s environmental impact.
“TDEC may do another environmental study. They did one, but it wasn’t extensive enough. They only dug down about 5 feet,” Hagar said.

Hagar is also looking at other ways to block this project. For example, if the quarry is green lit, someone will need to protect the eagles on the property, along with the endangered Indiana bat population.

The councilman is trying to get the Environmental Protection Agency involved.
“If there is a risk to the dam will break or water is polluted then lets not do it. Public safety is most important.”

Metro police seek temporary headquarters in Donelson
Metro police have identified 32,546 square feet of office space in Donelson to temporarily house its main offices while new headquarters are built on Murfreesboro Pike.

However, before they can move to the location at 3055 Lebanon Pike, finalized leases are required and approval by the Metro Council.

The police department is also looking at roughly 25,000 square feet of space at an airport-area building at 749 Massman Drive for parts of its investigative services bureau and information technology staff.

“Leases for the properties on Lebanon Pike and Massman Drive are still in formulation, police spokesman Don Aaron, said.” Once completed, we anticipate that they would likely take the form of an ordinance and require 3 Council readings, the first of which is anticipated in May.”

Metro police need temporary headquarters because of the lengthy time lag between its required summer exit from downtown’s Criminal Justice Center and completion of its planned new headquarters on part of the former Capitol Chevrolet dealership site on Murfreesboro Pike near Foster Avenue.

Currently, Metro is considering bids for design and construction of the new police headquarters and Family Justice Center planned at 600 Murfreesboro Pike.

135 acres of land near the Nashville Airport will be converted into an industrial park
On Tuesday, Nashville- based Holladay Properties purchased 135 acres of industrial land for immediate development. The site is located adjacent to the Nashville International Airport and near I-40 and Murfreesboro Road at Donelson Pike.

The new park will be called Airport Logistics Park and will be similar to the fully leased Ameriplex at Elm Hill park that Holladay developed at 1508 Elm Hill Pike between downtown and the airport.

“We are making a strategic investment to provide new space at a time when the current industrial market is 97 percent leased and users are having trouble locating within the city limits of Nashville.” Said Allen Arender, Holladay Properties senior vice president of development. “Airport Logistics Park will offer a Nashville location and accommodate users needing 20,000 to 500,000 square feet of space with immediate interstate access and the best location in the region.”

Holladay expects to deliver buildings for users in mid 2017.
Ronnie Wenzler of Cushman and Wakefield represented Holladay in this transaction and the seller, Airport Land Company, was represented by Landmark Realty Services.

Apartment fire in Donelson injures none, displaces several residents
An apartment fire on Saturday at the Sycamore Apartments in Donelson has displaced dozens of residents.

The fire was caused by a failure with one of the HVAC units located on the building’s roof, according to Metro Fire Department spokesperson, Brian Haas.
According to Hass, HVAC related fires are not particularly common. “The only real way to prevent this, and it’s not foolproof, is to ensure that your HVAC units are regularly serviced.”

In addition to residents leaving their homes after hearing fire alarms and smelling smoke, firefighters on the scene ran door to door, knocking on the doors to get residents out. While the blaze at 1441 Lebanon Road near Spence left residents rattled, no one was injured.

Officials with the Nashville Fire Department said 10 units were damaged, and heavy flames and smoke damage destroyed another 3 units.

The Red Cross was called in to assist with providing assistance to residents who suddenly found themselves homeless.

“The Red Cross Disaster Action Team provided emergency assistance to clients in seven different households at the Sycamore Apartments,” according Regional Director of Communications, Sarah Basel.

Assistance given included temporary housing in empty apartments, referrals to Second Harvest Food Bank, vouchers for lost and destroyed eyeglasses, and emergency hotel lodging, as well as follow up assistance with long term recovery.

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