It is one of Nashville's fastest growing areas and now there's a plan to bring new life to Antioch.
Metro plans to build two new hockey rinks in the parking lot of the former Hickory Hollow Mall. The Nashville Predators will manage the facility.
The plans also feature a new library, a community center, and a park, but can the area overcome a negative image?
It is an area sometimes associated with crime, but how do the numbers for Antioch add up?
The numbers show crime has been an issue for this area particularly near this newest development.
However, area business owners believe Antioch has a lot of potential, especially since it is one of the fastest growing communities in Nashville.
The business owners do acknowledge crime has been an issue for some time, but added that it is no different from any growing metropolitan area.
According to CrimeMapping.com, an online crime map which tracks criminal activities reported by different law enforcement agencies. including Metro police, it states the following crime stats of popular area malls from year to date (June 17, 2012 – June 17, 2013).
Crime Reported with a one-mile radius:
- Global Mall at the Crossings – 422
- Rivergate Mall – 399
- Opry Mills Mall – 202
Area business owners told Nashville's News 2 crime typically follows regional shopping centers.
“I haven't had any crime issues. I haven't seen anything that was scary. We spent six months to a year researching the area talking to people making sure we had a good solid plan before we opened up,” said David Swett Jr. Owner of 360 Burger.
“You have great infrastructure, we're seven miles from downtown, seven miles from the airport, 150 thousand cars a day on I-24 you're right between Murfreesboro and downtown. The fastest growing community in middle Tennessee what's not to like,” said Ben Freeland owner of Freeland Chevrolet Superstore.
Business owners like Freeland said Metro police's involvement with keeping the community safe has been a vital part of this promising community's success thus far.
If the project is approved by the Metro Council, the hockey rinks, library and community center could be open by August of 2014.