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New development brings traffic concerns to Green Hills residents

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Artist's rendering of mixed-use development at the corner of Hillsboro Pike and Richard Jones Road. (WSMV) Artist's rendering of mixed-use development at the corner of Hillsboro Pike and Richard Jones Road. (WSMV)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Some residents in an elite Nashville neighborhood are fed up with the traffic and say new construction and growth will make it worse.

At the corner of Hillsboro Pike and Richard Jones Road, you see steel beams and cranes. It's soon to be the new home of a large retail and apartment building that has been in the works since 2012.

Last year, the Green Hills Neighborhood Association sued the city of Nashville after construction began on a $100 million commercial project developed by Nashville-based Southern Land Company. In the end, new growth came out on top.

Tim Downey, the CEO of Southern Land, said they and the city won the lawsuit because the development is on a right-to-build property. They complied with the zoning agreements with Metro Public Works and even added in some traffic improvements voluntarily, which include 8-foot sidewalks.

"I don't think people will get in their cars and drive to Trader Joe's," Downey said. "They'll walk there."

Downey is focused on making this new development a walkable community to help ease the traffic. He said they're even doing the improvements on their own dime, not the city's.

While some residents argue that the building will bring in hundreds more people living there, along with more shoppers, Metro Public Works tells Channel 4 that it's often a misconception that mixed-use developments bring in more traffic. They say that Hillsboro Pike has the capability to handle the extra traffic thrown at it, plus some.

However, Southern Land Company is required to meet certain requirements which include: new synced traffic lights along Hillsboro Pike, a right hand turn lane on Hillsboro onto Richard Jones Road, and a double left-hand turn lane from Richard Jones to Hillsboro Pike.

The city says additional traffic improvements are already underway on their end, too, which include cutting out and merging two intersections at the old Krystal on Hillsboro Pike between Crestmoor Road and Glen Echo Road.  All improvements will be added to keep Nashville evolving with the growing community.

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