The Middlebrook Ages

There are a lot of changes coming to Middlebrook Pike. Crews have been burying long yellow pipes in the area around the site of a proposed hospital.

Less than a mile to the west, a closed gas station was finally demolished this week. Based on the archived Google Street Views, I would guess that the site has been vacant for at least seven years. I’ve been thinking about what types of business might want to be located that close to a hospital. My list is pretty long.

I was not able to find a building permit for the property where the gas station used to be at 7300 Middlebrook Pike, but I will keep looking. I did find a real estate listing for a house across the street at 7407 Middlebrook Pike. The ad says, “Property sits above roadway with great visibility of up to 30,000 cars per day at Middlebrook/Vanosdale intersection. 284 feet of frontage sits waiting for new Hospital announced by Tennova within .75 miles east on Middlebrook. House currently on property can be demolished.”

I was successful in finding a Metropolitan Planning Commission report for the property at 7522 Middlebrook Pike. It used to be a house with a farmstand. When the owners closed it in 2013 and retired after running the stand for 50 years, the story was on WBIR.

The MPC report reveals that “The applicant is proposing to expand the current Shannondale nursing/assisted living facility by adding a 45,000 sq. ft. one story building that will contain 32 client rooms and the support facilities needed to serve the residents. This expansion will be taking place on the western end of the current Shannondale site. The plan proposes a landscape buffer between this project and the adjoining Farmington West Subdivision.”

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