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Murfreesboro Comprehensive Land Use Plan

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The Mayor has finally realized the need for a comprehensive community development plan for the city. He understands that the current city planners do not have the experience in urban planning and will hire outside consultants to craft new uses, which will likely lead to infill development and community input (yay, we finally get a voice!). He acknowledged the potential of the downtown area, however, with the current design limitations such as height restrictions and lack of mixed use plans, downtown Murfreesboro has much to be desired.

 

http://www.dnj.com/article/20130610/NEWS/306100007/Mayor-City-needs-long-term-planning

 

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That's what we've discussed when I was on here under a different name years ago. What's holding central Murfreesboro back is the overly strict regulations to "preserve" the downtown area. In actuality, they've probably done more harm than good because while the economy tanked at the time of that 6-story condo proposal, I heard it was the continued stance to developers it must conform to what existed and made it too costly and not worthwhile. There are numerous surface lots and vacant lots downtown that have got to be retooled in order for downtown to progress forward and thrive. The streetscapes around downtown need to be upgraded as well away from the square.

 

Now, lately the nightlife element has returned and we're slowly seeing more retail and dining options. These are the first bubbles that hopefully are a sign of an eventual boiling pot.

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Rutherford County is finally looking at constructing a new judicial building. According to a news release last fall, the building would be over 200,000 sq. ft. and located in downtown Murfreesboro, TN on Maple Street across from the Rutherford County Clerk's Office. Two proposals (thus far) include building either a massive 6 story broad building or a taller 10-11 story building with both an underground parking garage and an additional free-standing garage. 

 

http://www.murfreesboropost.com/new-judicial-building-proposal-unveiled-cms-37220

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^What the hey, go with that behemoth 10-11 story building. NHC has needed a twin for some time now...

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Court Buildings usually have about 20' floor to ceiling heights to allow for high ceiling courtrooms. An 11 story building could be over 200' tall.

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