A potential buyer is seeking approval to use Reba McEntire’s former Wilson County home as an events venue, according to the county’s planning department.
The proposal is scheduled to go before the Wilson County board of zoning appeals meeting on Friday, Planning Director Tom Brashear said.
The request seeks allowance for the former McEntire home and approximately 13 acres near State Route 109 and the Sumner County line to be used for events such as weddings, corporate retreats and charitable activities according to those working with the buyer.
“We think it’s a nice facility and will be an asset to Wilson County,” surveyor Paul Crockett said.
The buyer wasn’t named, but Crockett confirmed there is a contract on the former McEntire home.
Crockett did not anticipate major renovations needed to use the home as an event venue.
The size of the property, extensive landscaping and natural buffering that includes Old Hickory Lake and Highway 109 will minimize the impact on neighboring properties, said Fiona King, affiliate broker with Worth Properties.
“We think it will be a nice venue for the community,” G.C. Hixson, executive director of the Joint Economic and Community Development Board of Wilson County, said.
Development approved for part of property
The home was listed at 12,816 square feet that was part of an estimated 83 acres owned by McEntire that was sold in July for a reported $5 million to Paul H. Burch.
Burch received approval to build 15 homes on approximately 17 acres of the property, but a portion of the property that included the house was put back up for sale for a reported $2.95 million according to reports.
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