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Gallatin Holiday Inn Express plan stalls

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Approval of a four-story Holiday Inn Express, planned at the corner of Nashville Pike and Davis Drive in Gallatin, has stalled after city leaders expressed concerns about the project's size and location.

A preliminary master development plan and rezoning request for the proposed 54,600-square-foot, 85-room hotel failed to pass out of the Gallatin City Council committee Tuesday and will not be on the agenda for a vote next week.

The decision came two weeks after the Gallatin Planning Commission recommend the project not be approved.

"We spent months and months on rezoning this property years ago and I'd hate to see it change and then the next (property's zoning) change," District 4 Councilman Craig Hayes said Tuesday. "Right now, the negatives outweigh the positives on this. It would be hard for me to support this the way it is."

City planning staff concluded last month that the size and architecture of the 45-foot-tall hotel would not be consistent with other buildings in the area and that the development failed to achieve most of the intent and development strategies for the Nashville Pike Official Corridor Character Area.

Despite the apparent lack of support for the current plan, the project can still be brought back up for a vote during any future council meeting, according to City Attorney Susan High-McAuley. However, if the measure failed to pass on first reading developers would have to wait at least one year before reintroducing the project for approval.

While a petition opposing the hotel received more than 20 signatures from residents of the nearby Payne Estates subdivision last fall, not everyone in the area is opposed to the project.

"I can't think of anything else in this world that would fit that place better," said Nashville Pike resident Andy Hendrickson, who was one of three people that spoke in support of the hotel Tuesday. "I'd much rather see a hotel like this come in. Gallatin needs it."

The 1.7-acre property's current zoning allows for general office, retail store and restaurant uses.

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