Wilson County’s board of zoning appeals approved a request to allow the former home of music artist and singer Reba McEntire be used as an event venue that can also have a bed and breakfast component.
A potential buyer has a contract on the house as the request encompasses approximately 13 acres for events such as weddings, corporate retreats and meetings and charitable activities according to those working with the buyer.
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The former McEntire home is near State Route 109 and the Sumner County line.
The board did approve several stipulations for the home that include:
- No more than 500 people on the grounds for an event at one time.
- A maximum of 15 overnight guests.
- Events to end no later than 11 p.m.
- Noise may not exceed 90 decibels.
Surveyor Paul Crockett spoke on behalf of the still unnamed buyer. The contract was subject to approval, according to Crockett.
“It’s a great use for what’s out there,” Crockett said.
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Crockett did not anticipate major renovations needed to use the home as an event venue. He wasn’t certain of a timeline, but anticipated events could begin in the next several months.
Dara Davis spoke to the board about traffic concerns on State Route 109.
“I prefer it’s not going to be a large concert venue, it doesn’t sound like that is going to happen,” she said.
McEntire’s entire estate estimated at 83 acres was sold in July for a reported $5 million to Paul H. Burch.
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Burch received approval to build 15 homes on approximately 17 acres of the property,but put a portion of the property that included the house back up for sale for a reported $2.95 million according to reports.
The home was listed at 12,816 square feet.
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