Mayor reveals vision for downtown district

Downtown Mt. Juliet may get a "signature piece" with a proposal by the mayor to upgrade the Regional Transportation Authority land near the train depot on Division Street.  On Tuesday Hagerty said for the first time in the city's history there is an attempt to establish a downtown dis...
Jan 15, 2013
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A rendering of Mayor Ed Hagerty's vision for a signature piece in the heart of Mt. Juliet.

Downtown Mt. Juliet may get a "signature piece" with a proposal by the mayor to upgrade the Regional Transportation Authority land near the train depot on Division Street. 

On Tuesday Hagerty said for the first time in the city's history there is an attempt to establish a downtown district. Over the past 12 months the city has placed benches and banner poles along main roads. Hagerty said the idea of a signature piece "has been a dream of mine for a long time."

Hagerty noted the arch in St. Louis and racehorse statues in Lexington.

He said Mt. Juliet needs a signature piece built on proper scale.

He contacted Clyde Rountree with Rountree & Associates and asked him to sketch a signature piece for Mt. Juliet at the corner of Mt. Juliet Road and Division. 

The sketch includes an amphitheater, sign, monuments, fountains, a stage and restrooms. Near the grass amphitheater will be water jets. A playground is included, along with additional water sprays. Hagerty envisions three pillars inscribed with the city's core values.

"This will be used by train riders and all citizens," said Hagerty.  

Hagerty added if the project comes to fruition, it will be a significant new landmark and public space for the heart of the city. He would like to see a public space where people can drink coffee or have an ice cream cone while their kids play in the water.

The projected cost for the project is $500,000 with a 50/50 city and private match.

Hagerty will reveal more at today's State of the City speech held at the West Wilson Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Rutland Place. 

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