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Steep problem for area growth

Posted Thursday, December 13, 2007, at 9:18 AM

A recent T-G story indicated officials envision designating U.S. 41-A North and U.S. 231 North as primary growth areas in the upcoming revision to the county's growth plan. They also said U.S. 41-A South isn't suitable for growth due to topography.

Odd comment, considering there seems to be no lack of development in hilly areas of Nashville and Williamson County.

Within Country Estates subdivision near Bell Buckle is a road, I think it's appropriately named Skyview Drive or something similar, so steep that some Times-Gazette carriers have expressed fear of driving it. And it's lined with houses with more being built.

I'd guess those living on the upper portion of that road would be unable to leave, at least in vehicles, if it were ice-covered. I can imagine someone atop the hill trying to leave and sliding down...and down...and down...faster and faster until the vehicle hits a house at the bottom or flips upside down into a culvert.

The hillsides along 41-A South are much less threatening and, to me, look more buildable than Skyview.

I understand those who prefer more rural landscapes. And I'm not saying that southeastern Bedford County should be turned into an urban, building-covered paradise.

But eastern Shelbyville, as we've noted here before, has lost many of its businesses and home building has stagnated. Designating the nearby areas as non-growth areas won't help matters.

Public meetings will be held Jan. 14 at Duck River Electric's auditorium (right in that area of Shelbyville), Jan. 15 at Cascade School and Jan. 17 at Community School. All begin at 6 p.m. Those who care have a chance to be heard.


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What comes with being designated a growth area? Better tax breaks, easier utility approval, or just the label?

Just curious.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Dec 13, 2007, at 9:25 AM

We need to be very concerned about preserving our open spaces and matching our growth to our available natural resources. I think the current drought situation has opened the eyes of a lot of people with respect to the fact that there is only so much development that can occur without stressing the environment and our infrastructure.

-- Posted by volfanatic on Thu, Dec 13, 2007, at 10:18 AM

I honestly feel like new life needs to be brought to the eastern side of town that has lost a lot of it's businesses. Why can't we reuse some of the abandoned buildings that use to be Kroger, etc? I understand that everything pretty much follows Wal-Mart, because that is where most of the trafic is, but why don't we try getting a Target, or some other major retail store to bring new life to the "dead" side of town. Seriously, these empty buildings are an eye-sore. They can tear down and rebuild if they have to.

JMO

-- Posted by Mary on Thu, Dec 13, 2007, at 10:58 AM

"A recent T-G story indicated officials envision designating U.S. 41-A North and U.S. 231 North as primary growth areas in the upcoming revision to the county's growth plan. They also said U.S. 41-A South isn't suitable for growth due to topography.

Odd comment, considering there seems to be no lack of development in hilly areas of Nashville and Williamson County. "

That says EVERYTHING you need to know about Bedford Co. resisting expansion and growth even though it is trickling down to this area. As I have said before, rather than pretending growth isn't happening, and desginating areas 'unsuitable to build' this county should focus on planning for growth. It's no wonder we have 1/3 as many people (tax generating citizens) in our county as the one to the north of us.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Thu, Dec 13, 2007, at 11:00 AM

Mary, I agree 100%... A 8 screen movie theater would do great in this town.

As I said on the night of the parade, if you don't think there is enough business potential in this town, then where did all those folks in and watching the parade come from?

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Thu, Dec 13, 2007, at 11:02 AM

Would the small theater be placed out of business though? I like that guy, I would hate for him to lose his livelihood, he does alot for the community schools and children. Is he interested in expanding because if he is, I would support that.

Would be an awesome place at the old Kroger shopping center near the bowling alley, that whole section of town could be the entertainment district. Then we can get a roller skating/arcade at the old walmart building.

There are so many things that would bring people out of the house and into Shelbyville. Guess we need a leader with balls to do it.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Thu, Dec 13, 2007, at 11:48 AM

The owner of the Capri theater---is he the same guy who owns the three-screen, drive-in theater in Estill Springs?

-- Posted by k_collins39 on Thu, Dec 13, 2007, at 12:03 PM

Yes he is k_collins39 and he also owns the one in Winchester and I think somewhere else too.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Thu, Dec 13, 2007, at 1:11 PM

Thanks jaxspike....I thought I had heard at some point in time that he owned the drive-in in Estill...I used to go there often when I lived in Franklin County....It would be nice if we had something like that in Shelbyville. The one in Estill is fantastic.

-- Posted by k_collins39 on Thu, Dec 13, 2007, at 1:30 PM

I think we need a grocery store that sells more organic and planet sustainable foods as well as local produce that's in season.

-- Posted by Jacks4me on Thu, Dec 13, 2007, at 1:51 PM

I like the point about planning. I believe too much, too fast will only make matters worse.

Getting a store to put more emphasis on organic or naturally grown food WOULD be nice. If they sourced locally and in season, the prices would not have to be out of reach.

It is another subject, but organically grown food DOES NOT need to be as expensive as everyone tries to make it. I have some experience in that field so bring on the naysayers.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Dec 13, 2007, at 2:33 PM

Why do grocery stores price it so high? Is it supply/demand issues? I like to shop at Wild Oats..but only about once a month. It doesn't make sense to try and buy 'tree hugger food' as friends call it and then spend the extra money on gas just to go. I just go when I have business in Brentwood and then stock pile it.

What time is the meeting at Duck River on 1-14?

-- Posted by Jacks4me on Thu, Dec 13, 2007, at 2:55 PM

There are a lot of things that influence price. During this time of year, all produce is higher because they are trucking it from CA or FL and diesel is not cheap.

The pricing difference between what is now traditional produce and organic is mostly in the "middlemen". The farmers are not seeing this.

Buy as local as you can, direct if possible, maybe join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) There is a local CSA in the Deason area but here is a link to find more in TN. http://www.localharvest.org/csa/

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Dec 13, 2007, at 4:32 PM

Sorry, the CSA farm is actually closer to Unionville.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Dec 13, 2007, at 4:38 PM

I do feel like Shelbyville needs more than a bowling alley for teens and families to do. A Chuck-E-Cheese, Skating Ring (mentioned above), and bigger theathre with more movie options (mentioned above).

I also feel like Wal-Mart needs some competion! I hate shopping there, and only go for things I can't get anywhere else locally.

So, who has money? LoL

-- Posted by Mary on Thu, Dec 13, 2007, at 8:16 PM

Well, it isn't necessarily having money, it requires knowing certain people and having the will to follow through. I am 22 and plan to start a few business, SOON! All I hear is posititves, with a few people trying to set me back. I often wonder though, if people like Bill Gates, Oprah and the like, had listen to their critics would we even know who they were?

Shelbyville has so much potential it is UNREAL! The current theater owner should expand, with some help of local investors (as there are plentt)... Last but not least, Wal Mart DOES need competition. A Target would do amazing things for Madison Street, but how will we ever know if we don't at least try...?

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Thu, Dec 13, 2007, at 11:43 PM

Ya'll are smart so I hope someone can answer, do the Hispanics get a tax break on small business? Its seems they try more than "we" do. And succeed!

I really love Mexican cuisine and try ALL of them, but that is all that we get it seems.

I thought Targets only went in metro areas near the interstate. Like Cracker Barrel.

I used to work at the K-mart and we had so much shoplifting (from the bowling alley) it closed us down!

(just food for thought).

-- Posted by mmp84 on Fri, Dec 14, 2007, at 9:01 AM

The Dollar General Market is a good place to go. I despise our Wal-mart. There are 22+ check out lanes and there are never more than 6 open. Some of the cashiers are rude. I look to see who's in a lane and will wait it out in another one if I need to. I like self-check out like the one at Kroger. It's awesome and FAST. The one at Hades-mart never works properly. I would really doubt we can get a Target. There's really not enough traffic to sustain it.

A kids place with pizza and games would be awesome. I wish we had a good place for older teens to go also. It would have to have strict ownership or else it would get out of hand. I like the movie theater we have, but I will NEVER go on a Friday night again.

We don't really eat out much. I do like Bocelli's, its always so fresh and clean. If I had the outlay, I'd open up a Baskin Robbins or a Zaxby's. I wonder if Starbucks has looked at our area?

-- Posted by Jacks4me on Fri, Dec 14, 2007, at 10:18 AM

I have started my own business, but for now it is home and interent based. I make baby slings (pouch style carriers to carry babies in), buggy covers for babies old enough to sit in the buggy, and am working on making organic stuffed animals, and cloth diapers. Slings have been my main product, but am trying to stretch my branches alittle.

I would love to have my own store, but the cost is way more than I bring in right now. Also, I would love to carry anything organic and economical without the rediculous prices.

I would not bring much competition to Shelbyville, but it is a dream of mine to have my own store someday.

-- Posted by Mary on Fri, Dec 14, 2007, at 10:43 AM

Go Mary!! I love to sew. I am working on reusable grocery bags now. Good luck on your venture!

-- Posted by Jacks4me on Fri, Dec 14, 2007, at 3:39 PM

To: Jacks4me,

I love the reusable grocery bags that I bought from Kroger! I use them when I make trips elsewhere, too, and get really weird looks. Let me know when you start selling. I may buy some from you, and if your interested, you can set up with me at Craft Fairs and the Nashville Flea MArket.

-- Posted by Mary on Sat, Dec 15, 2007, at 9:08 PM

Jacks4me, Starbucks opens nearly 7 stores a day worldwide and our little town seems to be overlooked....

Why? Who knows, but I will post a link so that those who are interested can send them an email requesting a location for our area... It's a crying shame Murfreesboro has built 5+ more since '05 and we still have 0!

Here is the link...

http://www.starbucks.com/customer/contac...

use the drop down menu it says "a request for a new location", if they receive enough of these they will send a company real estate agent and developer to our area to see if there is any potential....

It seems this is the best way to get a Starbucks in our town, because the people in charge haven't done so.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Sun, Dec 16, 2007, at 1:30 AM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.