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Commissioners approve new apartment complex

The Board of Commissioners made way for a new apartment complex near the Paddocks shopping area Monday. 
The vote called for a change in the zoning from commercial interchange to multi-family, and the approval of the preliminary master development plan for Pleasant Grove Pointe. 
“When it is a multi-family, we look at it with a more critical eye,” said Mayor Ed Hagerty. 
Hagerty’s concerns included the strain on the school system, the police department, the traffic, and the possibility of a bigger tenant coming to the area in the future. Also, he was worried about the type of renter that would be in the apartments. He said he has three former students that are living in one of the Providence area apartments, and you wouldn’t want to live under them. 
Civil Site Design’s Rob Porter had answers for some of Hagerty’s concerns. 
“There are some apartments in Mt. Juliet that cater to families, this is not one of them,” said Porter. 
He said that 37 percent of the apartments will be one bedroom, and 50 percent will be small two bedroom apartments. He said they are geared toward white collar workers, probably right out of college that don’t need a ton of space. The apartments would also be an upscale complex, and should be the nicest in Mt. Juliet. 
He said the community will be gated. In the other gated communities in Mt. Juliet, there were zero calls in 2011 for the police. That is opposed to some area subdivisions which had multiple calls. 
As far as the schools go, Porter said he had a letter from Deputy Director of Schools Mickey Hall stating that the school system could absorb the new students. He talked about the new additions planned at West Wilson Middle School, West Elementary and Rutland Elementary that will increase class size. He also spoke of the long term plan the school board has to add another middle school and high school to Wilson County. 
As far as the traffic concerns in an already congested area, Porter stated that the Paddocks area is already equipped to handle it. 
“The roads are built with this type of development in mind,” said Porter. 
Porter also mentioned the significant impact of having the extra shoppers in Paddocks for the city in sales tax. 
The commissioners passed the measure 3-0-2 with Hagerty and Art Giles abstaining from the vote. 
The board also approved the new commissioner districts. District 4, which is Jim Bradshaw’s district, will move back to everything south of I-40. All the other changes were minor. 
In unfinished business, after a lengthy discussion, the board deferred a change to the alarm system codes because of concerns. This is the second time the item has been deferred. 
In new business, the board approved allowing Relay for Life to hold their overnight event at Charlie Daniels Park May 11-12, as well as to allow side yard pools at the Village at Providence. 
The board also voted to abandon a right-of-way located at the northeast corner of Old Lebanon Dirt Road and Old Mt. Juliet Road. Bradshaw voted against it
The board also approved an ordinance addressing changeable copy signs, and an agreement with the YMCA to provide soccer at the Park Glen soccer fields, as well as an agreement with Beazer Homes concerning those fields.

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