A new 216-unit apartment complex is being proposed for a 10.65-acre site along Long Hollow Pike near S.R. 386 in Gallatin.
The project, if approved by city leaders, would be located directly across from the Fairway Farms subdivision and part of the larger 22.79-acre Hunter Pointe development. The property was originally expected to have more than 93,000 square feet of general retail and food service space, according to plans submitted in 2012.
"For about six years we have been trying to identify a (big-box) store for this area," project representative Charles Kimbrough told the Gallatin Planning Commission on Monday. "All of you know... box stores are not being built right now.
"They are sitting empty, so they have decided to go with what is working now and that is the multi-family (product)."
Planning commissioners are expected to vote on whether to recommend approval of the amended preliminary master development plan for Hunter Pointe during their next meeting scheduled for Monday, July 24.
No additional changes to the overall plans for the development are being proposed. In addition to the apartments, the project will also feature 28,000 square feet of general retail or hotel space along S.R. 386 and a Mapco gas station and car wash at the road's intersection with Long Hollow Pike.
"What we're asking for is a mixed-use campus," said Jim Harrison with Civil Site Design Group. "We want it developed in such a way that when residents - young professionals and the like - come in and live there that they can walk to some of those retail establishments and have that sort of relationship. We think this creates a... very natural transition from commercial elements to residential."
The Gallatin City Council would have to sign off on the apartment complex plan before it could be approved, according to Planning Director Bill McCord. A public hearing would also be required.
Construction of Hunter Pointe would be built in phases with the Mapco estimated to be completed in the fall of 2018, according to a preliminary development schedule submitted to the city's planning department last month. The apartments would be finished in the spring of 2019 with the entire project being completed in 2020.