WILSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Neighbors in Wilson County near the Mt. Juliet city limits are banding together to fight a proposed development.
The 1,000,000 square-foot warehouse would be located off Beckwith Road and butt up against the Hunting Hills Drive area.
The 55 acres of land is currently zoned as residential, but Mt. Juliet is trying to annex the land and rezone it to allow for the construction.
It is much how the city annexed land on the other side of interstate 40 to allow for the construction of the new Under Armour facility.
“It is going to be, we understand, a 24-hour operation. Of course they say they don’t have a tenant, but it will be a 24-hour operation. Trucks coming in and out,” homeowner David Plott said. “Headlights, outside lighting, and diesel engines will be just feet from our homes.”
Neighbors told News 2 they have been kept in the dark about what company would occupy the site and how it would impact their neighborhood.
Many are concerned about noise, traffic and a drop in property values.
The neighborhood is currently quiet with homes on large lots.
News 2 has reached out to the Panattoni Development, which is leading the project. Our requests for comment were not immediately returned.
“I was totally shocked because we had no idea, no notification, and no warning. We are devastated,” Lori Peek said. “It is going to devastate our neighborhood.”
Peek along with her neighbors have formed the NW Rutland Road & Hunting Hills Neighborhood Association and hired Nashville attorney Jim White, of Jones Hawkins and Farmer, to find out what options they may have to block the development.
The plan has already been given a negative recommendation by the Mt. Juliet Planning and Zoning Commission, but is still going to the full city commission for consideration as soon as Monday.
“It is way too big and it is inappropriate for the spot,” Peek added.
Other neighbors told News 2 real estate agents have already told homeowners to expect anywhere from 25 percent to 75 percent loss in value to their homes.
Neighbors have invited city commissioners out to the neighborhood to show how the construction would impact their quality of life and they have also started circulating a petition to stop the annexation.
According to neighbors, they have a private meeting with representatives of Panattoni Development on Thursday.
They also plan to attend the next Mt. Juliet city commission meeting scheduled for Monday.