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Open house planned for proposed Northtown MJ development

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The community at large will have a chance to learn about a mixed-use development planned in North Mt. Juliet next Tuesday.

The developer of Northtown Village, Mike Murphy of Cumberland Advisors, will be on hand at the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce office at 2055 North Mt. Juliet Road from 4:40 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. for the open house and presentation.

"This gives us the opportunity to present our project to a broader and different audience," Murphy said Thursday. "We will answer any questions that we can."

Last month he presented plans to Mt. Juliet Chamber business leaders for the mixed-use community that is proposed for a parcel of land at the corner of North Mt. Juliet and Lebanon roads, across the street from Kroger.

The proposal, in a nutshell, is 274 apartment units and 10,000 square feet of commercial development. The developers have tweaked the plan that originally pitched 280 units with no commercial.

The district's commissioner, Ray Justice told The Wilson Post, he's "100 percent in support of the project."

"That whole section of property would otherwise be changed into a storage yard for West Wilson Utility," he said recently. "I don't believe that would be the best use of the property."

Justice noted the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce also supports the project.

"The project will be a customer base and tax dollars," he said.

"Our community will emphasize amenities that will promote connection between residents and the greater community," Murphy told The Wilson Post. "One of the ways that we will achieve this is through building a large section of the Greenway Trail system and promoting the use of this trail system with our residents. We anticipate that they will utilize the system to bike, walk and jog to the Little League Park, Charlie Daniels Park and utilize the balance of the trail system when complete."

Murphy said they have two commercial sites that front Lebanon Road.

"These freestanding commercial sites will be connected to the rest of the development via sidewalks and landscaping that promotes connectivity," he said.

Murphy noted he anticipates, if approved, a mix of local retail tenants in the commercial spaces. These include restaurants, a coffee shop, a post office/mail center and several office uses.

The developers will go into detail, down to the cost of the one- to three-bedroom units, volunteer gift of $1.4 million to Mt. Juliet for improvements to local infrastructure and other pertinent details during the two-hour open house.

While Murphy was scheduled to go before the Mt. Juliet Planning Commission July 20, he said there were some complications with their submittal, and they will most likely go before planning sometime in August.

Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce President Mark Hinesley said in an e-mail Cumberland Advisors "will share with you their newest plans for you to see for yourself and to provide feedback, regardless of whether you are for or against this project. This open house format has no set agenda, and you may come and go at your leisure."

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