Firm alters plan for Green Hills high rise amid traffic concerns - WKRN News 2

Firm alters plan for Green Hills high rise amid traffic concerns

Posted: Updated: Nov 8, 2013 10:16 PM CST

Developers of a planned mixed-use development in Green Hills announced plans Thursday to reduce the height of the development from 22 stories to 16 stories due to public concern.

Southern Land Company also says they've submitted a traffic plan that will reduce driving time on Hillsboro Road.

Southern Land will break ground on the development at the corner of Richard Jones Road and Hillsboro Road next summer.

CEO Tim Downey spoke with News 2 on Friday to answer concerns from nearby residents of what the development will do to the already over-crowded Hillsboro Road.

"We're going to make significant improvements to the intersection," Downey said.

The traffic plan calls for additional lanes north on Hillsboro and designated turn lanes left into a shopping center and right onto Richard Jones Road.

The plan also calls for improved traffic signals and the addition of another left turn lane from Richard Jones to Hillsboro.

"Our goal is for our engineering option to be presented to public works which has been done. Public works has agreed with what we want to do and they have to get final signoff with TDOT, which we believe is forthcoming" Downey said.

He added, "It is our goal to make the traffic function better during peak times and about the same during off times."

Southern Land has secured financing for the project. Downey told News 2 architects are re-designing the building for 16 floors.

The company plans to begin site work in spring of 2014 and begin constructing by the summer.

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