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Sean Parker

As the Post recently reported, a division of Brentwood-based development company GBT Realty had landed a 7-Eleven convenience market and a fuel station as a future tenant for an East Nashville property it recently purchased.

Located at 512 Gallatin Ave., the 1.2-acre property was once home to a Third National Bank and, later, a SunTrust Bank drive-thru. Permits have been applied for.

The Post caught up with Metro Councilmember Sean Parker, in whose District 5 the property sits, to gauge his thoughts on the future project, details for which have not yet been disclosed (read more here).

What might be the most ideal function regarding vehicular access?

That area is already somewhat congested. There is front-in parking, a crowded auto shop and a challenging northbound left turn. I'm not sure there is an ideal way to mix in a high volume of quick car-trip traffic. Traffic will have to go through narrow residential side streets or right out onto Gallatin.

I'm concerned about the traffic implications, but this is a by-right project.

What type materials would you like to see for the building's exterior?

Lots of windows can make a store like that approachable. I generally favor brick facades over cladding. It would be great to see something that fits well in the context of the surrounding buildings rather than an "any interstate exit" style.

What type signage, night lighting and landscaping would be preferred?

7-Eleven is a super-recognizable brand and this is a very prominent location. I don't think enormous signage is called for. The site is right up next to residential housing so I do hope they take that into consideration as they design their lighting and limit the impact on neighbors. Native trees and plants can also help avoid the, as I noted, "any interstate exit" feel.

What are the neighbors saying?

The immediate neighbors are concerned about construction impacts. They're worried about blasting for gasoline tanks. Neighbors along Mansfield and Maxwell avenues have long been concerned about speeding cut-through traffic. This project will almost certainly add to the volume of cut-through traffic.

We're hoping to get those streets approved for traffic calming infrastructure. Frankly, a lot of folks thought this site would be used for housing or a mixed-use development so they've been surprised to see the planned 7-Eleven.

Any other thoughts?

I understand that this will be a gasoline-centric 7-Eleven, but I do hope they keep the rollers regularly stocked with food. I love the quick grab-and-go roller food.

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