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Proposed community courts young professionals

Laurie Everett • Updated Jul 31, 2013 at 8:25 AM

The Mt. Juliet Planning Commission last week gave a unanimous nod to a project that, if fully approved, will bring housing for young professionals to Mt. Juliet.

Planning Commission Chair Mayor Ed Hagerty said it's a brand new concept in housing that Mt. Juliet "really needs."

The proposal, which is called Lifestyles Communities, would be located on Providence Parkway near Jonathan's Grille. The plan includes 45 town homes with one and two bedrooms in a community built for young professionals just out of college. The Ohio-based development company has been successful in other communities, said Hagerty.

"Their philosophy is that they know there is a need for those who just graduated and are now in the work force," said Hagerty. "These young adults are used to being in a dorm with a cafeteria down the way and racquetball courts within their complex. When they get into the real world, they've gone from hanging out with 50 friends to basically with nobody and lost."

Hagerty said this would be a community created to fill that gap.

Plans for the community include a grill and pub on the premises, with live music. Hagerty said the plans for the pool look "like the deck of a Carnival Cruise line." There would also be volleyball courts and organized activities planned by a lifestyle director.

"Sort of like a Del Webb for young adults," said Hagerty.

There would also be a workout facility and "connectivity to everything."

Rent would likely be between $1,200 and $1,400 per month.

"This is something Mt. Juliet has to have," said Hagerty.

He said he has three daughters who grew up in Mt. Juliet, but chose to live outside the area because there "was nothing like this."

"We can't just be a place for empty nesters," he said.

If the project is approved on all levels, developers plan to break ground near Christmas and have the town homes ready to occupy around next September.

The Mt. Juliet Board of Commissioners will consider the project on Aug. 12. It must pass two readings.

Hagerty said there was a lot of enthusiasm for this project, but a project called Sterling, which incorporates 250 apartments, hit some opposition and was deferred.

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