Plans for retirement community around rock quarry worry Wilson County residents

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LEBANON, Tenn. (WKRN) – No matter where you live in Middle Tennessee, this may resonate with many of you because it’s about big changes coming to neighborhoods where we live.

In Wilson County, a gated retirement community is planned for Quarry Road just 10 miles outside of Lebanon, but a lot of people don’t want it there.

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

The community would be built around a massive rock quarry tucked just off the country road.

For the people who live near it, they think the development will ruin the country setting they cherish.

There is also only one road that leads to the quarry and, what’s more, they don’t have an elected official fighting for their side.

The property is in Wilson County, but property owner Nick Audino wants the City of Lebanon to annex it. That means the city would assume responsibility for it and collect any tax revenue that’s generated from the development.

“It’s not like we’re going to stack apartments out here and that’s I think what everyone is afraid of,” Audino said.

The City of Lebanon has already approved Audino’s plan once, but at the next City Council meeting, the group plans to pack the room.

That’s because they’re not city residents so they don’t have anyone on council who represents them.

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

The Wilson County official who does represent them says he has no sway in what Lebanon decides to do.

“We can’t call anybody at the city or the county,” said Corey Gerulis with the Quarry Road Resident Alliance. “So we’re just kind of stuck.”

But Audino says he wants to retire at the community he develops and wouldn’t do anything to ruin the neighborhood.

“My wife is already picking out what she wants in the house and the color stuff’s going to be,” he said. “We really wanted to give the area something we don’t really have in this area, and we don’t have a retirement community like this.”

Members of the Quarry Road Resident Alliance say they’re fearful Audino will get the zoning and annexation approved and then sell the property for a profit.

Audino is insistent he won’t do that and says he will meet with the group to qualm their fears.

The City of Lebanon will vote on Audino’s plan for a final time on March 15.

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