Quarry project gets hearing

(Nashville, TN) The Newsom Pointe Land Reclamation Project, a 10-year plan to fill in the 17-acre rock quarry at 7848 McCrory Lane in Bellevue, is scheduled for a hearing before the Solid Waste Regional Board Nov. 29.A Public Hearing of the proposed Newsom Pointe Land Reclamation Project is scheduled before the Metro Solid Waste Regional Board 6 p.m. Nov. 29 in the Howard School Auditorium, 700 Second Ave. S.For more information, visit www.nashville.gov/swrb or call 880-2400. Passing the hearing will be a major step in moving the reclamation project forward. The project will fill in more than 1.1 million cubic yards of the quarry over approximately eight to 10 years.Material for the infill will be generated from construction and demolition waste of proposed subdivisions in Cheatham County and the surrounding Bellevue area such as the Biltmore subdivision for which JMJ Holdings of Dallas plans to build a mixed-use residential and commercial development covering more than 1,100 acres.The reclamation project will accept only dry material such as rock, dirt, concrete and wood, said Pat Nolan with Dye, Van Mol & Lawrence at a community meeting a few months ago.Materials such as carpet pads, metal, green wood, dry wood, pallets, tires and electronics will be sorted out on-site for recycling purposes, according to the submitted plan, which is available at www.nashville.gov/swrb.There is a difference between a reclamation project and a traditional landfill. Traditional landfills use blasting to create a hole that is filled back up. Reclamation projects simply fill up already existing cavities or voids.The proposal has already been approved by the Metro Council, which adopted a resolution in June and recommended that the Metro Solid Waste Regional Board approve the project. In addition, Metro’s Board of Zoning Appeals gave its approval in August.The project still needs further approval at the state level, even after passing all Metro boards.Councilman Charlie Tygard said he held several meetings with surrounding community groups and other residents and found the majority in support of the project.Local mortgage banking company Tenn. Loan Inc.’s goal is to fill in the quarry, which sits on a 70-acre property near the intersection of McCrory Lane and Highway 70, and eventually develop surrounding land.Off-site improvements to the land include a greenway dedication along the Harpeth River; the installation of a traffic light at the intersection of McCrory Lane and Highway 70 (Tygard said he is still waiting to hear a final word from the state about the proposed realignment of McCrory Lane with Old Charlotte Pike); the dedication of property to Metro Parks; and possible dedication of property to Metro Schools. By Judith R. Tackett, jtackett@nashvillecitypaper.com

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