Antioch Evolving: What does the future hold?

ANTIOCH, Tenn. (WKRN) – Aerosmith closed their show at the Starwood Amphitheatre with the song “Walk This Way” on October 19th, 2006. It was the last time music would be played at the venue in Antioch. Live Nation, the owners of the facility, announced it would sell the Amphitheatre. A year later, the wrecking ball came.

MORE: The Rise and Fall of Starwood Amphitheatre

Meanwhile, a short drive away, Hickory Hollow Mall was in a tailspin. Once one of Tennessee’s premier shopping centers, the mall was losing core tenants. Opry Mills and the Providence shopping area in Mt. Juliet were gaining momentum. Crime in Antioch also became a factor.

MORE: The Rise and Fall of Hickory Hollow Mall

Antioch is not dead. Far from it. Despite Ikea reneging on plans to build a new retail facility there a year ago, community leaders continue to work with a changing landscape. Ford Ice Center, in the shadow of the former Hickory Hollow Mall (now the Global Mall), is thriving. It’s a home for hockey, curling and the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy.

“If you build a joyful destination and you create a safe, wonderful, beautiful, welcoming environment, people will enjoy themselves and they will want to stay,” Hamilton told News 2’s Bob Mueller. “And when you create light, it just does this. And I think it changes the identity of a community. It changes how people feel about living here.”

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Like most of Nashville, real estate in Antioch remains robust. Five years ago, the median sale price of a home there was $131,800, according to Zillow. The median sale price in Antioch is now $221,700 – an increase of 68%.

Antioch is now home to a diverse international population. “We have kind of turned into that multicultural center in Nashville, and we really love celebrating it,” said Diane Janbakhsh, owner of Plaza Mariachi just outside Antioch, which is described as a gathering place for people of all ages and all backgrounds to experience and participate in the beauty of international expressions.

“We have Chinese people coming in. We’ve got all the different countries. We’ve got Kurdish people, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan. There are so many different people from all over the world.”

Antioch has been shaken by three significant crime events in recent years.

In August of 2015, police shot and killed Vincente Montano after he attacked a family in the Carmike Theater. Montano used a hatchet, an airsoft pistol and pepper spray in the incident. In September of 2017, Emanuel Samson shot and killed a woman and wounded seven other people at Burnett Chapel Church of Christ. Seven months later, four people died and several others were wounded in a mass shooting at the Waffle House on Murfreesboro Pike. Samson was convicted in the church attack this past Friday. Travis Reinking is awaiting trial in the Waffle House case.

More routine crime remains a concern in Antioch, with the 37013 zip code seeing its share of violent crime and property crime over a 12 week period.

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News 2 is digging deeper into the community’s continuing evolution. Join us for Antioch: The Good, The Bad, The Future this Thursday. We will have special reports in every newscast, examining the area’s new challenges and opportunities.

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