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Mt. Juliet development: 8-building plan would include office, retail, restaurants

A mixed-use plan that proposes more than 372,000 square feet of office, restaurant and retail space in eight buildings has been submitted in Mt. Juliet.

Cedar Center is the working name of the development plan that would be on just over 47 acres off Old Lebanon Dirt Road and Cedar Drive. The property is behind the Valley Center shopping mall on the east side of North Mt. Juliet Road.

Matt Bryant of M2 Group in Franklin represents the developer as the engineer. Paul Bass with Consortium | Architecture & Planning is the master planner for the proposed Cedar Center development.

Plan specifics could still change as discussions continue with the city and potential users, Bryant said.

More than 185,000 square feet is proposed as office space. Specific users have not been finalized, but discussions are ongoing, Bryant said.

The Cedar Center plan also includes greenway to extend the city's ongoing trail system. The developer for Cedar Center has a contract on the property, Bryant said.

Cedar Center is proposed as a preliminary master development plan, which will ultimately need city commission approval.

A single-family home rental community was previously discussed for the property that Cedar Center is now proposed for, although no formal plan was ever submitted to the city, according to Mt. Juliet Planning Director Jennifer Hamblen. That rental community concept was not supported by Hamblen, she said.

Mt. Juliet has been targeted for a number of recent developments, including a 3.6-million-square-foot cutting-edge distribution center near East Division and Golden Bear Gateway on approximately 77 acres that was recently purchased by Amazon. The city approved that development, which was proposed under the code name Project Sam, in October.

The Incredible Christmas Place, a popular year-round Pigeon Forge destination, has announced it will open a second store in Mt. Juliet.

Multiple restaurants and senior living communities have also recently opened or plan to open in Mt. Juliet.

Reach Andy Humbles at or 615-726-5939 and on Twitter @AndyHumbles.