The developer proposing to build Ariza Bellevue, an apartment complex off Coley Davis Road, has revealed significant public safety updates to its plan after neighbors expressed concern over flooding from the Harpeth River and access for emergency vehicles. Developer Cypressbrook’s new plan would both raise and widen Coley Davis Road to prevent the street from flooding in extreme weather events, like the 2010 flood, and allow emergency vehicles to pass should the road be congested with traffic.
“Neighbors have raised valid concerns regarding flooding and emergency vehicle access on Coley David Road as part of the community input process for Ariza Bellevue, and it was important for us to find a solution that not only addresses ways to mitigate our project’s impact but also to solve an existing issue for the betterment of the larger community at no expense to the taxpayer,” said Michael Novelli with Cypressbrook. “We’re excited to share these plans with the community and want to thank our neighbors for their input. This is a terrific example of the community input process working as intended.”
Specifically, the new plans will raise 2900 linear feet of Coley Davis Road above the 2010 flood levels. This will allow residents in the more than 900 homes west of the property and the new apartment project to have evacuation access during a meaningful storm event. The new plan will also create a left turn lane on Coley David onto a new access bridge to the property. This will allow westbound vehicles on Coley Davis, including emergency vehicles, to avoid stopping for vehicles turning into the property.
The new plan was developed following a series of tests to ensure feasibility, including hydraulic modeling, an assessment of stormwater impact data, a review of upriver and downriver data since 2000 via a local NOAA gauge station at the Harpeth River and a traffic impact study.
The updated plan adds to the vision for Ariza Bellevue that already includes several benefits for the larger community. The plan calls for donating over 20 acres of the property to Metro Parks for public use and will include a vital connection to the Harpeth River Greenway identified in Metro Parks’ “Plan to Play” master plan via a new connector under the adjacent CSX railway to a new bridge connecting Coley David Road. Cypressbrook has committed to funding all public improvements projects for Coley David Road, the new access bridge and greenway, saving taxpayers more than $12 million.
Cypressbrook expects the Coley Davis improvements to be completed approximately one year after being fully permitted. Two lanes of traffic will remain open during construction by installing temporary traffic lanes and improving the westbound side first and then the eastbound side.
More information about the project, including the most recent updates to the plan, can be found atwww.ArizaBellevue.com.
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