A proposed mixed-use development located between Gallatin and Hendersonville would feature new restaurant and retail space along with an ice rink being developed in partnership with the Nashville Predators, according to officials involved with the project.
The Goat Farm, a reference to the property’s history as a working farm and local landmark, would be located on 54.32 acres at the eastern corner of Shute Lane and Nashville Pike across from Jack Anderson Elementary School.
The “ambitious mixed-use development” would serve as a “regional attraction for commerce and recreation by bringing hockey to Sumner County,” according to John Sexton, a senior project manager with Nashville-based Lose Design.
“Anchored by a two-sheet ice facility that will be developed in partnership with the Nashville Predators, The Goat Farm will also provide hospitality, retail, entertainment and dining opportunities,” Sexton wrote in a letter last month to the city’s planning department describing the proposed project. “Through careful visioning, land planning and architectural design, The Goat Farm will become one of the premier destinations known around the area.”
Plans for the development include approximately 60,000-square-feet of retail or restaurant space, 130 residential units, a hotel with approximately 120 rooms and indoor recreational venues totaling around 36,000 square feet.
The Sumner County Ice Center would be one of the main attractions of the project, according to developers. The facility would feature two National Hockey League (NHL) regulation ice rinks that would be open year-round along with seating for more than 1,800 spectators, skate and party room rentals, administrative offices and food and beverage sales.
When contacted Monday, Predators spokesman Kevin Wilson said a deal had not yet been formalized regarding the organization’s involvement with the facility.
“We’re always excited to explore rink development and broaden the Nashville Predators reach,” Wilson added.
Last fall, the professional sports organization announced it had signed a contract to operate two community ice rinks in Clarksville. The Predators have previously partnered with officials in Davidson County to build the Ford Ice Center in Antioch and Force Ice Center Bellevue.
Guests and visiting teams in Sumner County would also be able to attend small performances and other entertainment throughout the week at a large band shell that would be part of an entertainment lawn at The Goat Farm. Movie and game nights along with lawn games and other activities would also be offered regularly.
The Gallatin News first reported in early 2017 that Gallatin and Hendersonville city leaders had been involved in separate discussions with the Nashville Predators regarding the possibility of building an ice rink locally.
Last year, Old Hickory Hockey, LLC purchased the property at the corner of Nashville Pike and Shute Lane for $4.92 million, according to copies of warranty deeds obtained by the newspaper. The project will be developed by Hendersonville-based Stratos Development / MC2 Group.
“The Ice Project, as we termed it, has been another long-term goal much like Facebook,” Gallatin Economic Development Agency Executive Director James Fenton said Monday. “We’ve worked collectively on this for more than four years. Bringing sheets of ice, along with the rest of the development, opens a new arena of tourism to Gallatin. The Goat Farm is predominantly commercial development which adds sales tax dollars with less impact on infrastructure and services. Plus, they are proposing a unique entertainment element that will be a draw.”
The Gallatin Planning Commission could vote as early as Jan. 25 on plans for the northern portion of the property, which is located inside the city limits. The project would then go to the Gallatin City Council for approval.
The southern half of the property, which contains the ice rink, would need separate approval from Sumner County leaders. As of Monday afternoon, no formal plans had been submitted to the county’s planning department.