A new, 700-home housing complex planned for the Robertson County side of White House could very well determine where the school district places its next newly constructed middle school, according to Robertson County Mayor Howard Bradley.
"As the population grows, I think we'll be looking to see more stores looking to move here, in the White House area," Bradley said. "I think it's going to be a boom to the local economy."
Caleb Fuqua, of Fuqua Investors, LLC, has purchased more than 200 acres of land on Pinson Road, directly behind the acreage that is home to White House Heritage High School and the future site of a planned middle school there.
"I'm looking to build about 700 single family homes," Fuqua said. "There will be 100 to 200 town homes for rental in case people can't afford to buy."
Bradley said there may be some urgency now to moving ahead on plans for a new middle school in White House.
"There could be more than 100 homes on the market by the time school starts next year," Bradley said.
With more than 80-percent of the retail businesses owned by Robertson County in White House, Bradley said the new subdivision will lend a hand in the area expanding even more commercially.
"The companies that look to build new businesses always count rooftops," Bradley said. "That part of the county leads by far the county's per capita incomes, so I think we'll be seeing more high-end stores, more big-box stores more reasons and opportunities for people to shop in Robertson County."
The planned subdivision behind White House Heritage High School will include housing ranging in price from $200,000 to $400,000, according to Fuqua.
"I'm looking to build at minimum, houses from 1,600 square feet up to 3,000 square feet," Fuqua said. "The average size house will be about 2,000 square feet. There will be an average of three to four houses per acre."
The students at Heritage will be close enough to walk and ride bicycles, according to Fuqua, who said the subdivision will be a walking development, full of sidewalks and trails.
"My sidewalks will connect into parks inside the subdivision," Fuqua said. "I'm planning on leaving some of the ponds and bards so that it doesn't feel so much like a subdivision. All the homes will be made with either brick, stone or Hardie Board."
The housing by Fuqua Investors comes on the heels of an even larger future development at Burris Ridge in White House, also on the Robertson County side of the city, according to White House City Administrator Gerald Herman.
"There are 940 homes already planned for the Burris Ridge," Herman said. "Then, when you add in the 94-apartment complex and another 88-unit apartment complex, that's a lot of units," Herman said. "All of these are being planned for the Robertson County side of White House."
Mayor Bradley said Fuqua Investors, LLC has been instrumental in constructing housing subdivisions in Nashville.
Now that Caleb Fuqua, a Robertson County resident and graduate of East Robertson High School, plans on helping Robertson County grow, it's especially exciting to him.
"I'm excited he's willing to invest the money and time in Robertson County to carry out a development like this," Bradley said. "I know it's a long-term commitment. We appreciate the loyalty it shows to his home county, that we certainly appreciate. I think great things are going to come from that."