A proposed mixed-use development that would include up to 684 new homes, commercial space and a possible hotel on Big Station Camp has been recommended for approval by the Gallatin Planning Commission.
Commissioners voted 6-0 in favor of a preliminary master development plan for McCain’s Station on Nov. 18. The project, which would be located directly across from the Emergency Room at Sumner Station near State Route 386, will now go to the Gallatin City Council for consideration.
If approved, the 130.78-acre development would have 112 single-family homes and 195 townhomes on approximately 65 acres, according to plans submitted to the city’s planning department. There would also be a 15-acre high-density residential area that would allow for up to 25 flats or additional townhome units to be built per acre.
“I like what you’ve got here,” said Gallatin Planning Commissioner and At-Large Gallatin City Councilman Shawn Fennell who abstained from voting on the project last week. “I like the commercial and I like the housing, but I’m getting cold feet on the townhouses (and) the flats, which to me are just really almost like an apartment.”
Project representative Randy Caldwell with landscape architecture and civil engineering firm Ragan-Smith Associates reassured city officials during the meeting that the high-density area would not include apartments but instead would be “condominiums for ownership.”
He added that the homes would likely take between five and 10 years to be fully built, which would give the school system “a chance to plan for that.”
“This would help really create a mixed-use development that we feel is desirable for the area,” Caldwell said. “We’re not looking at doing all of this at one time.”
Gallatin has notified Sumner County Schools about the proposed development, which would be located close to the Station Camp elementary, middle and high schools, according to the city’s planning department.
McCain’s Station would be accessed by one main entrance on Big Station Camp Boulevard, according to plans for the project. There would also be two connections onto Springdale Lane, which is also used by the neighboring Revere at Hidden Creek apartment complex.
The development is anticipated to add 611 peak afternoon traffic trips, which is expected to require a traffic signal be added onto the roadway, according to officials involved with the project.
The Gallatin City Council is scheduled to discuss McCain’s Station during its next work session on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m., according to the city’s planning department. An initial vote could take place as soon as Jan. 7.