Plans for mixed-use property near Opryland bring traffic concern - WSMV News 4

Plans for mixed-use property near Opryland bring traffic concerns

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Some of the well-known crown jewels of Donelson are the Grand Ole Opry, the Gaylord Opryland Resort and the ever-popular Opry Mills mall. There could soon be a sprawling new development added to the mix.

This week, Ryman Hospitality Properties announced plans for a 130-acre mixed-use property across from the Gaylord Opryland Resort. Traffic is already a concern for some who live in the heavily congested area.

"Everybody knows that you're going to have high volumes of traffic at peak hours," said District 15 Metro Councilman Jeff Syracuse. "Traffic has been my number one issue in that area, and working with everybody to bring together to try to put cohesive traffic plans together.”

Ryman is partnering with Lincoln Property Company to build the offices, apartments and shops at the intersection of McGavock Pike and Pennington Bend Road. Ryman sponsored a feasibility study which recommended changing traffic flow at the exits in the area.

"It does call for improvements to existing interchanges. It calls for a third interchange, and so that plan accompanies this development very well," Syracuse told News 4.

Syracuse pointed out that right now, there are two interchanges – one exit at Opry Mills and one at McGavock Pike, which serve both Opryland and Music Valley. Syracuse said a third interchange would go north of the existing two, giving residents the chance to avoid the congestion from the commercial areas below.

"Of course we need state and Metro’s support for that," Syracuse said.

News 4 reached out to TDOT about the project. A spokesperson said they know about the proposed development and the private feasibility study, but they don't have any current plans for the area.

Syracuse says while some are concerned others are excited.

"People do have some concerns about the traffic, but there are also folks that are very thankful that they can potentially very close to them instead of going all the way down the other side of McGavock Pike where Kroger and Publix is," Syracuse said. "I think it is a welcome change. You're adding more jobs. You're adding more people that are going to go to lunch and dinner in the Music Valley area.”

In a release, Colin Reed, CEO of Ryman Hospitality Properties said:

We selected Lincoln Property Company for this project due to their shared commitment to creating a quality master plan for this property that contemplates existing traffic flow and will not overwhelm the area during peak traffic times. We are pleased to partner with a first-class development company to maximize this property and promote continued investment in Donelson. We look forward to seeing this development take shape in the years to come.

An exact timeline on the plan has not been made clear. 

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