A new four-story Fairfield Inn & Suites could be coming to Browns Lane near Nashville Pike in Gallatin.
The 95-room hotel is being proposed to be built on 7.2 acres of vacant property directly behind the Lowe’s home improvement store on Nashville Pike, according to a preliminary master development plan submitted to the city’s planning department.
It would be accessed from one entrance on Browns Lane and would generate an estimated 760 traffic trips each day.
“This site does sit higher than Lowe’s, so that is something to consider,” Jillian Ogden with the Gallatin Planning Department told members of the city’s planning commission during a committee meeting Monday. “They are keeping (the hotel) generally in the middle of the site to try to stay away from the… condos in that area.”
As part of the submitted plans for the project, developers are also requesting a height exception that would allow the building to be 54-feet-tall.
While the hotel would be located at least 100-feet from the property line of the neighboring residential area, Gallatin Planning Commissioner Matt Harris questioned whether the building would still “tower up above” the nearby residents.
“Being able to see it sitting up on top of the Lowe’s store doesn’t really bug me that much,” Harris said Monday. “I’m more concerned about the residential property owners having a 54-foot-tall hotel building in their backyard that there is no way they cannot see when they are sitting out there in the evenings.”
In addition to meeting extended landscaping buffering requirements, project representative Bruce Rainey told commissioners that the developers of the project would be open to adding more landscaping at the height of the property in order to help further screen the development from those who live nearby.
He also committed to looking at ways to keep lighting focused on the property to help eliminate light pollution in the area after concerns were raised by Commissioner Rick Orgain.
“It’s a good use for the property,” Chairman John Puryear said about the overall plan. “I always imagined it was going to become mini-storage or something back there.”
The Gallatin Planning Commission is expected to vote on whether to recommend approval of the Fairfield Inn & Suites during its next meeting on Monday, June 24. The project would then go to the Gallatin City Council for consideration.
If approved, construction of the hotel is estimated to start in October and would take approximately one year to complete, according to plans for the project.