Local business-owner helping finalize plans for $90 million Nolensville Market Square development.
Businessman Stephen Prince believes in Nolensville.
So much so he’s making a big investment in Nolensville, again. In 2008 Prince relocated National Business Products and its subsidiaries, one of the nation’s leading gift card printing companies, from Cool Springs to Nolensville. “Looking back we were ahead of the curve,” says Prince. “Our company needed room to grow and we wanted to stay in Williamson County, and we found everything we needed in Nolensville.”
Founded in 1797, Nolensville is a small town of 7,500 residents nestled in the northeast corner of Williamson County, a county that leads the state in population growth and leads the nation in job growth. Since the town’s population is projected to more than double in the next decade, one can assume a big chunk of the county’s explosive growth will be in Nolensville.
Over the past eight years Prince has witnessed the development of new neighborhoods, the influx of new businesses, and a thriving community of families with children. “Nolensville still has a small town feel, it’s a place where everybody knows everybody,” says Prince. That’s why Stephen Prince is backing a unique multi-dimensional development that he thinks will help Nolensville keep its small town charm while giving the community more choices in retail and office space and residential living.
Prince and several partners have joined with developer Jeff Pate to form Mill Creek Property Development to create Nolensville Market Square, a modern day “historic downtown” area to be built in the heart of Nolensville. As designed, Nolensville Market Square will consist of eight buildings with over 250,000 square feet of commercial, retail and residential space. The project, which has been designed by H. Michael Hindman Architects of Brentwood, will be located on a large parcel of property behind Nolensville’s Town Hall. At present, four of the proposed seven buildings will feature retail on the ground floor, and architectural themes and detailing that gives the development a timeless feel. The developers are hoping one building attracts a grocery store, a much needed amenity in this family-oriented community.
The developers emphasized the need for an overall design that would mesh with the small town charm of the current community. “We wanted an iconic, timeless design that would fit into Nolensville today while becoming the heart of the community over generations,” said Prince. “Right now most Nolensville residents drive 5 to 7-miles to Smyrna, South Nashville, Brentwood or Franklin for their shopping and dining. We wanted to give people the amenities they are seeking wrapped in a walkable “historic downtown” footprint.”
The group hopes to start construction on Nolensville Market Square in the first quarter of 2017.
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