Robertson County officials have a significant new weapon in their economic development arsenal now that American Snuff Co. has donated a former tobacco processing facility to the county. The property on Central Avenue west of Highway 31 encompasses 10 acres that are home to three buildings comprising 191,000 square feet.
A filing has been made with the Metro Planning Commission to have nine acres of land located at 5400 Centennial Blvd. in The Nations rezoned to mixed-use from industrial.
Sources who asked to go unnamed and with information about the effort said Berry Hill-based Craighead Development has an option to buy the property and wants to undertake a mixed-use development.
Currently, the property is home to buildings that once housed lumber business Bruce Hardwood Floors. The owner is Brucewood Partners, which bought the property in March 2013 for $2.5 million.
According to the sources, petroleum companies also are looking at the property as a possible site for a natural gas facility to accommodate tractor trailer rigs.
It is unclear when the planning commission will vote on the rezoning request. Bill Hostettler, Craighead chief manager, could not be reached for comment.
Relatedly, Craighead-affiliated HND Realty has started nearby its 98-townhome West Mill at the southwest corner of the intersection of California and 57th avenues (read here).
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