An estimated 8,000 visitors enjoyed the annual Smyrna Depot Days on Sept. 27-28 with the featured Classic Car Cruise-In with more than 100 cars on display, eight bands, wine tasting, a beer garden and more than 100 food and community vendors. 

Food offerings included barbecue, ethnic food and kettle corn. The beer garden was popular as well in the 90-degree heat.

The Smyrna Public Library had a booth and sold books for $1. The Smyrna Fire Department had its trucks on display and unfurled its American flag mounted on the ladder truck. 

Depot Days is the Smyrna Depot District’s largest event of the year, and its activity is a driving factor in the re-vitalization of the Smyrna Downtown Depot District. 

The Smyrna Town Council recently approved a $50 million, 300-plus unit, high-end apartment community development at the long-vacant Lane Cedar Mill property about one block from the Smyrna Depot. Andrew Steffens of Wood Partners, designer of the apartment development, helped to develop Nashville’s Gulch and Germantown areas. 

One of the final requirements of the project was the inclusion of elevators in the six three-story buildings in the complex, making the apartments more attractive to senior residents. 

“The Smyrna Depot District is one of the reasons why Woods Partners looked at the property for the apartments,” Ron Alley, the CEO and founder of Carpe Artista, said. “The walkability and the cultural activity of the Depot makes it feel like home.

“We are working to upgrade our 101 Building with a rooftop garden, an art training area, an inside performance venue for 120, our Café, and an outdoor performance venue in back for 350. It’ll be the place in Smyrna for live music, with our local acts and with regional acts,” Alley said. 

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