A few random fast fun facts:
- Madison is Nashville’s own little big town featuring two major centers: Downtown Madison and Rivergate area linked by a section of Gallatin Road called Motor Mile. We also have our own industrial district on Myatt Drive.
- By the time you listen to the 3rd song on your favorite playlist driving from downtown Nashville you’d be home in Madison, TN.
- The fifth largest retail center in the South was Madison Square back in the late 50s. Downtown Madison was the “It Town” from the 50s thru the early 80s.
- Elvis Presley’s entire career was managed out of Colonel Tom Parker’s stone house on Gallatin Road in Madison, TN. The official fan club was also located on this site. Huge country music stars and songwriters called Madison home and some still do.
- Johnny Cash saved the old Amqui Train Station from demolition. The Cash family supports the legacy. Amqui Train Station is rich with stories about music history.
- Madison is located 8.2 miles from the center of downtown Nashville. Green Hills is 7.4 miles from downtown Nashville. It is 30% faster travel time to downtown Nashville from Madison than Green Hills due to traffic congestion.
- Downtown Madison is an easy 17 minutes from the Nashville Airport and centrally located to many other communities and major resources throughout Davidson County and beyond.
Madison is a unique community in Nashville like no other because of 1) its easy accessibility via several major roads and interstates, 2) its vast commercial and industrial real estate choices including land development opportunity and site repurposing 3) the variety of reasonably priced homes 4) its potential to be a major auxiliary core to downtown.
We have our own direct connection to downtown Nashville via our own Ellington Parkway with several direct exits to East Nashville and Inglewood.
Other major roads running through Madison:
- Old Hickory Boulevard (State Route 45)
- Gallatin Pike (U.S. Route 31E)
- Dickerson Road (U.S. Route 31W, 41, Hwy 11)
- Madison is centrally located on Briley Parkway (State Route 155) with easy access to Interstates I-24 and I-40.
- I-65 has two main exits into Madison, one at Old Hickory Blvd, the other at Rivergate shopping area.
- Vietnam Vets Parkway is accessible off Conference Drive directly off Gallatin which links Madison & Goodletsville to Hendersonville and Gallatin.
Madison is on the rapid transit Metro bus lines and boasts extensive walkability with several miles of sidewalks. There are some bike lanes built into newer placed asphalt. A brand new police precinct featuring Nashville’s only full service crime lab and a 5,800 sq. ft. state of the art community room opened in January 2014 off Myatt Drive. Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority recently relocated their headquarters next door and Nashville Electric Service is building a massive operations and training facility nearby. Myatt Drive is Madison’s industrial corridor and is like a parkway.
Since Madison features two major centers, Downtown and Rivergate, it pulls from surrounding areas and counties in need of a major center so the demographic study is expansive. It also acts as an alternative core to support the needs of downtown Nashville. Back in 2010, Madison population was 37,316 with a total of 15,829 households. Average household income was $49,718. Since then, it has grown to become home to many East Nashvilians seeking larger spaces to accommodate growing families, musicians seeking work/live spaces, transplants from other states seeking reasonably priced homes, and first time home buyers so now the area boasts a rich economic diversity.
Due to its vast available commercial and industrial land and real estate, Madison directly services nearby East Nashville, Downtown Nashville, Inglewood, White’s Creek, Joelton and Old Hickory with the ability to attract patrons from all over Davidson County including other counties like Sumner (ex. Gallatin and Hendersonville) and Wilson (ex. Mt. Juliet) and nearby Kentucky. Madison boundaries stretch from Briley Parkway to Hendersonville, from Dickerson Pike to the Cumberland River.
“Nashville’s North Shore” is completely poised to be THE major center on this side of Davidson County. Downtown Madison can evolve into a Green Hills meets Gulch meets 12 South and Rivergate can certainly be like Providence meets Cool Springs. Rivergate features several major big boxes and chains already with small business owners taking advantage of reasonable commercial real estate rates and seizing the opportunity to exist among the retail mecca.
Downtown Madison features some historical buildings and is surrounded by huge commercial lots and shopping centers ready for repurposing and rejuvenation. Also available are several house-style commercial properties suitable for budding entrepreneurs and small businesses. Downtown Madison is a blank canvas ready for complete economic reinvestment and reinvention.
Demographic reports reflect that surrounding areas are in need of a convenient location with vast commercial and industrial services so that travel time is reduced and unchallenging. For Madison and surrounding communities, most desirable resources such as Whole Foods, Trader Joes and other high end commercial services are located either South of Nashville or out of Davidson County. Madison is perfectly positioned to be the premiere center on this side of Nashville because of its very close proximity to downtown and many communities nearby. Available commercial and industrial real estate are at the best prices in all of Nashville.
NashvilleNext is a process by the Metropolitan Planning Department to create a plan for the future of Nashville. The plan is scheduled to take effect in 2015 and guide Nashville and Davidson County through 2040. The NashvilleNext growth charts, even without the Madison core participating in the results, showcase a high desire from surrounding communities to further develop Madison, especially along Gallatin up to the Rivergate area.
Metro Planning Department’s NashvilleNext Preferred Futures study revealed that the Downtown Madison area is to be a Tier One area for development due to the results from the past three year study. New policy for District Employment Centers in prime locations in Madison has recently been proposed as an update to the Madison Community Plan. See that update here.
This, along with discussions in several community meetings, reveals that indeed there is a need for a Green Hills-like area and Providence-like area on this end of Nashville; and Madison offers two major centers available to accommodate both styles. There is also land that could be repurposed along Motor Mile and throughout Downtown Madison for a variety of different businesses including mixed used inclusionary zone housing.
There is a variety of reasonably priced ranch style properties, charming neighborhoods, condos and apartment complexes throughout Madison with a Leiper’s Fork like farmland area with sprawling homes along Neely’s Bend.
Madison has three area parks including Peeler Park Greenway which is located at the end of Neely’s Bend and is the second largest Greenway in Nashville. It has 4 miles paved trails; 3.5 miles hiking trails; 8 miles equestrian trails. Its bucolic farmland setting on the river also features a public boat launch with associated truck and trailer parking, and an airfield for remote-controlled planes. There is a plan for a pedestrian/bike bridge to be built connecting Peeler Park to Stones River Park which would open up biking access all the way to downtown.
Madison is a hidden jewel and the miner that discovers the incredible potential here will have discovered a gold mine within Nashville.
Want more info? Reach out: sasha at madisontn dot org