Game-changing Donelson Plaza gets a ‘bit of love,’ makeover

By Tom Wood

What’s old is soon to be new again. The year was 1958, and construction of Donelson Plaza was underway, a transformational project that would reshape a rural community less than 10 miles east of downtown Nashville.

The Plaza opened its doors in 1961, ushering in an unprecedented wave of growth and boom times that made Donelson a thriving neighborhood destination.

Thirty-something years later, in the late 1980s and early ’90s, Donelson Plaza underwent its first major refurbishment in a slowly shifting economic environment. In the ensuing years, however, anchor tenant Castner-Knott closed. Other stores followed.

Today, another revitalization of Donelson Plaza has begun on Old Lebanon Road, a three-year project that will culminate with the addition of a “town center” atmosphere and a state-of-the-art public library.

“On the wallpaper of my laptop is a shot of the Donelson Plaza being built in 1958, and that was when Donelson was going through that fundamental change from rural to suburban,” District 15 Councilman Jeff Syracuse says. “And so that’s a reminder to me of where we were, where we are, and where we’re going. We’re now taking that next step of natural growth, going from suburban to urban.

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