Hamilton Springs, the Mid-state’s first transit-oriented development (TOD), will soon have a Music City Star rail station at its center.
The Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee (RTA) was recently awarded a $1.6 million federal grant by the Nashville Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to fund the completion of Hamilton Springs Station, a rail stop envisioned at the heart of the emerging Hamilton Springs development.
The Hamilton Springs Station will be the Music City Star’s seventh regional rail station and an additional travel option for people in Lebanon and Wilson County’s growing community. The station is currently in the design phase with construction expected to begin in the spring of 2015.
“The progression of this project has been extraordinary,” said Mike Wrye, PE, vice president of Lose & Associates, Inc., the Nashville-based design firm that developed the Hamilton Springs Specific Plan. “Hamilton Springs addresses several issues including unprecedented growth in the area, mass transit, and livability all in a single community with a rail station at its core.”
Lebanon is among the highest in population growth in Tennessee, with a 33 percent population increase since 1990. The addition of the train station will create a new point of access to the existing Music City Star rail line and increase ridership significantly.
Phase one of the 396-unit luxury apartment community called Hamilton Station, opened last fall – meaning there will be an immediate effect on ridership once the rail station is complete.
Hamilton Springs is the first community in Middle Tennessee that has planned, designed and constructed a traditional neighborhood “village” with residences and businesses centered by a train station. It emphasizes the use of transportation modes other than cars, which is a key feature of TODs. Hamilton Springs is a project of custom home builder Jack Bell and his brother, Rick Bell. It is located in west Lebanon on property fronted along Highway 70 and extending back to Old Horn Springs Road.
“This is an important step on the road to the completion for this project,” said Jack Bell, project developer and president of Jack Bell Builders. “Hamilton Springs Station promises to be a wonderful asset to the City of Lebanon, Wilson County and Middle Tennessee.”
“The RTA board and I are pleased to partner with Jack Bell Builders and the MPO on our region’s first transit- oriented development,” said RTA General Manager Lora Baulsir. “We are looking forward to opening the new station.”