Community Leaders Break Ground On Fontanel Mansion
March 12, 2010 at 9:30 AM (PT)
NASHVILLE Major KARL DEAN, local and state representatives and community members were on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony at FONTANEL MANSION YESTERDAY (3/11) in WHITES CREEK, TN by NASHVILLE. FONTANEL, which is the former home of Country legend BARBARA MANDRELL, will be open for public tours and for private rental starting JUNE 1st. The surrounding 136 acres will include a restaurant, museum and gallery, an outdoor music venue and hiking/mountain biking trails. The space is owned by FONTANEL ATTRACTIONS, with MARC OSWALD and DALE MORRIS as the majority partners and is expected to provide 200 new jobs once the project is complete.
Originally built in 1988 by MANDRELL, the 27,000 square-foot FONTANEL MANSION was once the largest log home in the UNITED STATES, with three stories, 18 rooms, seven full baths, six half-baths, five fireplaces, two kitchens, media room, indoor pool, spa and an indoor shooting range. It has also been the site for motion pictures, television productions and the location of many photo and music video shoots.
Mayor DEAN said: "One of the things we have to do as a city is make sure that we are creating jobs and creating opportunities. What is happening here is essentially they are creating about 200 jobs when this is fully up and running, which is a wonderful thing for our community. It creates opportunities for young people and expands our tax base which allows us to do the things we need to do for our schools, police and fire. This is going to be a major new attraction, a new family-oriented facility that is going to benefit our city tremendously. To everyone involved, and to the citizens of WHITES CREEK and everybody in NASHVILLE, congratulations. This is a wonderful project and I am so honored to be here to participate in some small way."
For more on the FONTANEL MANSION, see www.fontanelmansion.com.