The Vision for Donelson Station is Coming to Life
I am very excited to share that the vision for Donelson Station that the community put in place in 2009 as part of the “Downtown Donelson” Urban Design Overlay is finally going to happen. After the attempt I made in my first term to bring revitalization to Donelson Station, I learned a great deal and took a more streamlined and focused approach. This approach does not include MDHA involvement and just focuses on Donelson Station and the contiguous properties. Not only will Donelson Station be transformed into a regional transit center, but there are also ongoing discussions to create a new FiftyForward Donelson Station center and theater, plus additional retail, restaurant, and housing options. The press release that went out is below.
H.G. Hill Realty Company currently owns 3.5 acres of property immediately adjacent to Donelson Station. The proposed project includes the long-term lease of a portion of the Donelson Station property for the mixed-use development, the construction of new structured parking for the Donelson Station, new bus bays, and a new covered transit center.
Plans also include additional housing and amenities for the growing Donelson community, and the integration of the adjacent FiftyForward property and programming. “As a vibrant part of the Donelson Station community, we are so proud of this agency’s history and the programs and services we provide to older adults and families in this community,” said FiftyForward CEO Sallie Hussey. “We are excited to be part of this conversation and talk about a space that could meet the needs of older adults well into the future.”
If the conceptual proposal is approved, RTA will enter formal negotiations with the development partners to refine design documents, cost estimates, lease terms and a project schedule that will include many forms of residential, parking and retail to further enhance the area as envisioned in 2009. It is anticipated that this will involve a phased approach over the next five years as the project evolves.
“This exciting announcement brings the Donelson community’s vision we created in 2009 to life,” said District 15 Metro Council Member Jeff Syracuse. “The “Downtown Donelson” Urban Design Overlay envisioned a mixed-use, walkable town center around Donelson Station and not only does this partnership with H.G. Hill Realty Company and Southeast Venture make that happen, but this is also a prime example of a successful regional partnership with the Regional Transportation Authority and Nashville and Eastern Rail Authority by investing in growth that supports transit. With the potential inclusion of a new Fifty Forward center at Donelson Station, this is a partnership that will benefit the Donelson community for generations to come.”
Stay tuned for more updates as this project progresses. As mentioned above, it will be phased in over several years, which allows for a more manageable project. The below images are preliminary sketches to show the vision. It will become a beautiful, walkable village for both young professionals and seniors alike, all anchored by a true regional transit center. Exciting times ahead!