By MATT BLOIS
The Thompson’s Station Board of Mayor and Alderman on Tuesday approved a plan to increase the capacity of the planned Graystone Quarry amphitheater from 5,000 seats to 7,500 seats.
The project located near the intersection of Interstate 65 and Interstate 840 would include an event center for conferences, a chapel for weddings and an amphitheater for concerts. Graystone Quarry Events, the company building the amphitheater, recently bought an adjacent property to add parking at the venue, and now wants to add the extra seats.
In November, the planning commission recommended approving the expansion with several conditions. Graystone would have to use directional speakers to reduce the amount of noise, and would have to keep at least 50 percent of the property as open space.
The city of Thompson’s Station requires one parking space for every six seats, or a certain number of seats based on the size of the project. It’s required to have at least 2,591 spaces available. The amphitheater will have about 150 paved spaces, but would also have a grass parking area that could accommodate almost 3,000 cars during larger events.