The Brand New Donelson Branch Library will soon take its place as the center piece of the Donelson Plaza Mixed-use Development overhaul. The 25,000 square feet library will compliment the new modern shopping plaza and multifamily housing on the site. The address is 2714 Old Lebanon Road.
In late 2018, Holladay Properties began the revitalization of Donelson Plaza. With Donelson’s new Nashville Public Library branch as its centerpiece, the 1960s era shopping center will be transformed into a modern town center, extending its life for decades to come as a hub of the Donelson community.
Of coarse this wouldn’t be a proper Nashville development project without incorporating art. The Metro Nashville Arts Commission (“Metro Arts”) approved a citizen panel’s selections of artist finalists after scoring nearly 100 artists submissions. Residents and stakeholders selected artist team Wowhaus to create an exterior sculpture for the building’s exterior plaza; while Nashville interdisciplinary artist Amber Lelli will create a suspended artwork inside the new branch library.
A request for final site plan approval has been submitted for the much anticipated community resource. Once approved, it will allow for the construction phase on the 1.72-acre site. The request was submitted by Hastings Architecture on behalf of the Metro Government. Here’s the quick rundown:
Donelson Branch Library
- What’s Now: Vacant Lot
- What’s Next: Library Branch
- Owner: Nashville Public Library
- Architect: Hastings
- Landscape: Edge
- Civil: Barge Cauthen & Associates
The 2–story library will be approximately 25,000 square feet and feature a mid-century design on the interior and exterior.
Exterior features of the building will include pet–friendly hydration stations, outside seating, bike racks, and a large public lawn on the side of the building facing old Lebanon Pike. There is also an attached 2-story parking deck with the majority of spaces located below the building.
Inside the new library community members will be able to take advantage of a large multi-purpose room for community gatherings, a designated creative children’s area, a designated teen area, private study rooms, and seating and study tables throughout the library.
The project is also targeting LEED Gold Certification. There are plans for solar panels, geo thermal heating and cooling, and electric vehicle charging stations.
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