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Walgreens Plan Submitted

Developer James P. Girard explains the new Walgreens site plan to residents
The developer of the proposed Walgreens shopping center will submit a new design to the Metro Planning Committee and told area residents “I’ll do what I can,” to help close the current Old Harding/Highway 100 intersection where numerous accidents have occurred.

Over 40 residents of Poplar Creek Estates and nearby subdivisions attending a neighborhood meeting Thursday evening called by developer James P. Girard of M&M Development Company, Bill Lockwood of Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, Inc, and Richard Jones of World Realty.

Girard opened the meeting by announcing that he and the engineers have developed a new design for the development to alleviate traffic concerns expressed by the Metro planners. The new plan switches the Walgreens store toward the east and breaks the former “strip” center into two buildings on the west site of the development.

The developer hopes to attract “an upscale-type restaurant” to one of the buildings that have been reduced in size from a total of 19,000 square feet to about 13,000 square feet. “I do not want to put fast food in there,” Girard said in response to a question from the residents.

Girard, who developed the Bellevue Walgreens at Highway 70 and Sawyer Brown Road along with some 60 others in the Eastern U.S., said that store was becoming “overloaded” with business. The drug store chain’s data shows that the triangle formed by Highway 100 and Old Harding is an ideal location for a new store since many of the current Walgreens customers live in this area.

Girard added that the design of the new Wallgreens would be similar to the ones at Harding Road and Harding Place in Belle Meade and the store at Old Hickory Blvd. and Franklin Road in Brentwood.

The bulk of the two-hour meeting was spend with residents discussing concerns about the Collins Road/Old Harding/Highway 100 triangle which has been the scene of many accidents and near-crashes since it was created by the opening of Trace Creek Center. Girard, Lockwood and Jones admitted that since they do not own that property they can not dictate to the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) how to manage the road.

During the proceedings, they noted that TDOT has proposed in the past to close the existing Old Harding/Highway 100 intersection. The developers passed around an “Advanced Planning Review” diagram from TDOT that shows Old Harding being redirected into Highway 100 at the “Starbucks” entrance. The plan also terminates the existing Old Harding road into Collins Road, leaving the gravel triangle as parking for Jimmy Dean’s Market.

Girard said he will be spending $750,000 to build the “new” Old Harding Road extension thru the Walgreen’s development and into Highway 100. “We don’t solve all the problems but we go a long way toward addressing these problems” in the proposal.

In response to a resident’s statement: “You help us and we’ll help you,” Girard replied: I’ll do what I can.”

Girard added that approximately an acre of the land north of Walgreens and beside Old Harding Road would be donated to Metro to use as a park or "whatever Metro wants to do."

The developers said that they planned to submit their latest proposal to the Metro Planning Commission next month. If approved, the rezoning request could go before the full Metro Council in March. If approved by the Council, work could begin by May. “We want to do the work when school (at Harpeth Valley Elementary) is out, so there will be less disruption,” Lockwood said.

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Member Opinions:
By: Kenwick on 1/6/02
I believe our best option is to form a Coalition of Bellevue Neighborhood Associations and persuade the Planning Commission to disapprove Walgreen's proposed applications. Before we even consider any further development, the traffic studies (being performed by DOT and by Metro) must be completed and a remedy for our very dangerous roadway found! The rumor that Wal*Mart is interested in locating just below our intersection makes it urgent that Poplar Creek organize with other associations quickly and demand with one voice that our intersections be made safe!

By: befort on 1/5/02
By: BETH on 01/05/02
I am inclined to agree with Rouwenhorst and Scoqor. Yes, we can thank Krogers every time we risk our lives attempting to safely exit onto Hwy. 100. Now, can WALLGREENS be trusted? I'd like to believe that the residents of PCE (Poplar Creek Estates) are not to lazy to drive five minutes to the Walgreens on Hwy 70. I feel sorry for Walgreens being "overloaded" with business and having to take over every other corner in Nashville to fix that problem. I do not want Walgreens in my back yard and I am not sure that I want a restaurant that close either.
My delima. I am getting tired of having to say, "thank you Jesus" everytime I make it onto Hwy. 100 safely. I certainly would like a safe intersection for myself and family. However it's sad that we have to make a trade off with Walgreens: our quiet neighborhood for an intersection. What will this do to our property value? More people, more theft, more trash. What will be next? Will Harpeth Valley School parents be even more inclined to park in the neighoood?

By: MARILYN on 12/18/01
What can be done to ensure that any redesign of the Old Harding/Hwy 100 merge or any proposed "close off" does NOT re-direct traffic through our subdivision via Poplar Creek Trace and Collinswood Drive? Both are heavily traveled already. My understanding is that there will be new construction on Collins Road in the future bringing more people to our area needing access to these streets. If so, then my concern is safety (1) with the school and (2) with our own subdivision. Has any thought/study been done on this concern?



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