Are Chick-fil-A and Wawa coming to a new Middle Tennessee site near Green Hill High?

Chick-fil-A and Wawa have been named as part of a commercial development plan along Lebanon Road in Mt. Juliet that will be considered for approval by city commissioners.

Greenhill Road Commercial is the working name of the Planned Unit Development proposal that has received a positive recommendation from Mt. Juliet's planning commission, but the recommendation comes with a number of conditions, including multiple traffic concerns that must be resolved.

Chick-fil-A and Wawa are under contract with the development, pending city approvals, City Commissioner Ray Justice said.

Chick-fil-A at Mt. Juliet's Providence Marketplace. Another Chick-fil-A is part of a development plan on Mt. Juliet's north side.
Chick-fil-A at Mt. Juliet's Providence Marketplace. Another Chick-fil-A is part of a development plan on Mt. Juliet's north side.

Both businesses were previously named in February's planning commission meeting as possibilities for the development, which sits on a little more than 8 acres on the north side of Lebanon Road between North Greenhill and Old North Greenhill Roads.

"There are some pieces I prefer were changed, but at its inception, it's nice and something that can make my district look really good," Justice said.

Green Hill High School is on North Greenhill Road at Lebanon Road, just northeast of the development site.

The Planned Unit Development still requires a completed traffic study, according to planning commission discussion. The Tennessee Department of Transportation will also need to review access points off Lebanon Road prior to a second reading by city commissioners.

The impact on school traffic and the potential for increased pedestrian traffic were also part of the planning commission discussion.

Green Hill High has "quite a few students who walk across Lebanon Road at dismissal," Principal Kevin Dawson said. But he wasn't sure how many of those students are middle schoolers who are temporarily attending Green Hill High because of the 2020 tornado.

Middle school students likely won't be attending Green Hill by the time the development is built if ultimately approved.

The section of Lebanon Road just east of the high school also has a school zone for W.A. Wright Elementary.

“The developers and the city want to make sure is traffic is of utmost concern, and we are ahead of the curve," Justice said. "I don’t want to see the same mistakes that were made in south Mt. Juliet.

The plan presently proposes six buildings. Office space, restaurant, bank and retail uses are among other possible uses, according to the plan.

Mt. Juliet has one Chick-fil-A open on the city's south side in the Providence Marketplace area.

Wawa will open 60 stores in Indiana over the next eight to 10 years.
Wawa will open 60 stores in Indiana over the next eight to 10 years.

Wawa, known for made-to-order hoagies, Sizzli breakfast sandwiches and a signature brand coffee, is an established brand in eastern portions of the U.S. The chain has submitted several site plans in Middle Tennessee, including Lebanon.

City commissioners will ultimately have to approve the Planned Unit Development with two passing votes. If it passes first reading, the planning commission will get another review prior to second reading, when a traffic study is completed.

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