Nashville-2018

Plans unveiled to revitalize Donelson Plaza

The upgrade will include a new branch of the Donelson library.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - Demolition will begin soon as the Donelson Plaza will be renovated into an urban town center with a new branch of the Nashville Public Library branch at its center. 

Fences will go up this week to begin demolition work that will clear a tract of the plaza for the library to be built.

Holladay Properties has unveiled its redevelopment plans for Donelson Plaza, located at 2710 and 2720 Old Lebanon Road.

Planned improvements for the property currently include:

  • A new Nashville Public Library Donelson Branch, built at the center of the Plaza
  • Refurbished building facades and courtyards
  • Redesigned landscapes, sidewalks and roadways
  • Future mixed-use buildings, flanking the entrance to the new library

“I’m thrilled to see reformative investment in the Donelson area move forward thanks to the Council’s support of the Donelson library branch and Holladay Properties partnership and private investment,” said District 15 Councilman Jeff Syracuse.

“We plan to transform Donelson Plaza into a walkable town center, and in doing so, to rekindle the historic center that’s long been a hub of the Donelson community,” said Benton Smothers, Vice President of Development for Holladay Properties’ Nashville office. “A lot of thought and energy has gone into making this a long-term, generational vision and we’re delighted to have the library as civic anchor.”

Smothers credits Syracuse with being an integral part of facilitating the redevelopment efforts. He has been an outspoken advocate for investment in Donelson, the district he represents.

“We’ve worked hard for quite some time on moving the library forward, and to see it come to fruition is a thrilling moment for our community. Positioning it within the upgraded Donelson Plaza will establish a unique destination where job opportunities, resources, shopping and entertainment coexist. I’m proud to see the work commence immediately,” added Syracuse.

The improvements will occur in multiple phases, with demolition work of unoccupied portions of the Plaza beginning right away. Infrastructure work and improvements to the existing retail buildings is scheduled to begin in 2019, with the groundbreaking for the Nashville Public Library Donelson Branch expected in 2020.

During construction, Donelson Plaza will continue to operate with all businesses remaining open and active.

The nearly 200,000 square-foot shopping center first opened in 1961 and sits on 11 acres of land. It was purchased by Holladay Properties in 2016.

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