Rochford Realty and Construction Co., Inc. is hosting a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for Stephens Valley on Wednesday, according to a press release from the developer.
The 980-acre, 1,200-home, new-urbanism-style subdivision is located in northern Williamson and southwest Davidson counties, near the northern terminus of the Natchez Trace Parkway at Hwy. 100.
It is expected to generate more than a billion dollars in new construction over the
life of the project, with a goal of about 50 new homes per year, subdivision amenities and a Town Center to be built on the Davidson County portion of the property, featuring retail, restaurants, office, and multifamily residential
with a town square and central park.
Most of the single-family homes will be built in Williamson County in an area now zoned for Grassland Elementary, Grassland Middle, and Franklin High School.
The size of the subdivision, the potential impact on schools and roads, and the location bordered on three sides by the Natchez Trace Parkway have generated controversy, with opponents speaking out at public meetings and “Burma-Shave” style protest signs on fence lines along Sneed, Temple, Old Natchez Trace and Vaughn roads in Williamson County.
The press release announcing the ribbon cutting addressed the location:
“It encompasses approximately 980 acres bounded on three sides by the Natchez Trace Parkway, but 550 of those acres will remain untouched. The project is designed to build in the areas that have been farmed over the years, and allow as much of the existing tree canopy to remain undisturbed. Stephens Valley is designed based on Traditional Neighborhood Design principles, which strive to create stronger community through front-porch living and pedestrian friendly designs. Future residents will enjoy over 8 miles of trails, swimming pools, a Community House, tennis courts, pocket parks, a community garden, and much more.
“Bill Stephens, who farmed the land until his death in 2015, had a vision to transform his land into a vibrant community where people could live more easily in harmony with nature, while using a significant portion of the proceeds from this development for charitable and missions work. Neika Stephens, Bill’s wife and an active Board Member of Lipscomb University, still resides on the property and will cut the ribbon to open the Welcome Center to the public.
“Construction will start in Williamson County with single family residential homes priced between the upper $400s to just over $1 million, with homes by Celebration Homes, DeFatta Custom Homes, Legend Homes, Rochford Realty and Construction Co., and Sipple Homes.
The 10:30 a.m. ribbon cutting is at The Stephens Valley Welcome Center, 411 Sneed Road, Nashville, TN 37221. The center features a relief model of the property and Virtual Reality 360-degree views of the Town Square.