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MC Star station expected by year's end

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A Music City Star terminal in the Hamilton Springs development should be completed by year's end.

Hamilton Springs Co-Developer Rick Bell said that once the Nashville Transit Authority and Music City Star finalize a design, they will be ready to build the station.

"Hamilton Springs was actually in development before the Music City Star ever existed," Bell explained. However, once Bell and his brother, co-developer Jack Bell, discovered the rail would run through their property - they developed Hamilton Springs as a mixed-use property.

"This partnership with Music City Star is something different than you see anywhere else," he said.

Hamilton Springs currently consists of more than 20 residential homes, and once final apartments are completed there will be a total of 400 units. Once the station is built the next phase will bring in retail and office space.

"Along the highway there would be retail - but more like grocery stores and chain restaurants.

When you get closer to the station it is all mixed - smaller retail stores, office space and condos - so that people can live and shop in that neighborhood," Bell added.

Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead said that having Hamilton Springs in the city just "adds to our identity."

"It builds on our identity of being a transit-oriented community and the place that has access to other communities by going on-rail and being so efficient," he said.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

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