Busch Gardens theme park in Spring Hill? Nope.
Although the Cool Springs TN News has not confirmed yet, Busch Gardens seemed to be the likely candidate coming to Spring Hill Tennessee.
Today at 1pm Spring Hill officials are announcing the major employer potentially coming to the area that would create up to 1,000 new jobs. A press conference will be held in a large field off Jim Warren Road in Maury County.
Michael Dinwiddie, the mayor of Spring Hill, said the group is a Florida based theme park company (Busch Gardens is Florida based) and plans to build a theme park on the east side of of I-65. The proposed Spring Hill theme park would bring retail, hotels, shopping centers and restaurants. Also rumored to be included in the Spring Hill theme park development is some type of sports venue.
Mayor Michael Dinwiddie has said the theme park is not religious based, such as the “Bible Park” previously slated to go in Lebanon.
The theme park entity is currently looking at 700 hundred acres on Jim Warren Road in Spring Hill, TN. On Tuesday the Spring Hill Planning Commission voted 3-2 to change the city’s future land use plan for the 700 acres to commercial zoning, which allows a much wider and more general use. The land has been rezoned B-4, considered to be the city’s least restrictive zoning. Many residents are not happy such a large piece of land was rezoned without any knowledge of who or what would be developing there.
Spring Hill city officials have said the economic impact of the theme park development would be larger than the now closed Saturn plant, in addition to have a very positive regional impact. No doubt Maury County and Williamson County would benefit significantly from a commercial development on that scale.
After evaluating the different amusement brands based in Florida, we believe Busch Gardens seems the most likely for Spring Hill. Other Busch Gardens theme park locations utilize similar acreage and typically have interstate visibility.
We attempted to contact Busch Gardens about a possible theme park in Spring Hill but their corporate office phone number is so jammed a recorded message says there is with a 30 minute wait time, then followed by a message saying they are overwhelmed with calls and that no one is available.
Of course we might be completely off target, but our research points to Busch Gardens as the front runner coming to Spring Hill.
Stayed tuned to the Cool Springs TN News for more info!
BREAKING NEWS UPDATE:
The Spring Hill theme park will be called “Festival Tennessee”. The developer is Big International Group of Entertainment Inc out of Henderson, NV. The project will cost in the $700 million range and Big International Group of Entertainment Inc will NOT be asking local or state government for any tax incentives. Festival Tennessee will be designed by ITEC Entertainment Corp in Orlando, FL. At the press conference today, the developers described it as a mini Disney.