The Smyrna Town Council approved the annexation and planned unit development of the proposed new corporate headquarters for the Hollingshead family’s Smyrna Ready Mix Concrete Company at its June 11 meeting.
The commercial and industrial campus would occupy 396 acres along West Jefferson Pike and Hickory Grove Road. The ordinance also calls for the annexation of 2.4 miles of the right of way of West Jefferson Pike, which would take the town limit of Smyrna all the way to I-840 at West Jefferson Pike.
“We’re extremely excited about the project,” Smyrna Ready Mix CEO Jeff Hollingshead said. “We’ve grown up in this area on Jefferson Pike and Hickory Grove Road. Our mom and dad put our first concrete plant up in our back yard, literally,’ he said. “The house is still there.
“We named it Cornerstone, because Smyrna has been a Cornerstone for us. We could not have done as well as we have without being a part of this town. “
The glass and concrete structure is expected to be 50,000-60,000 square feet, and either four or five stories.
“For the last five years our corporate office has been in downtown Nashville, but 80 percent of our workforce lives in Rutherford County, with many of them living in Smyrna,” he said. “Everybody in the company is elated to not have to fight that Nashville traffic and be back home.”
The building will house a corporate staff of 250-300 people. It will have a fitness center and a daycare center for employees to use. Hollingshead said the company will occupy the entire building, though it might set aside space for some of its prime commercial partners. Smyrna Ready Mix has also donated land to Smyrna for a fire station on the property.
The property includes a gravel quarry alongside an existing, decades-old quarry. There will be ongoing blasting at the site.
“I appreciate the efforts the Hollingshead family have made to work with the Town to make this a win-win project,” said Councilman Steve Sullivan. “The design they are proposing for the corporate headquarters and business park is a gorgeous design. I think it’s going to change that area to a level that we haven’t seen.”
The Smyrna Town Council passed a $44.1 million town budget for fiscal year 2020. The council also left unchanged the property tax rate for fiscal year 2020. The tax rate was $.7007 per $100 assessed valuation last year.