Bellevue History

Bellevue History2018-05-02T14:49:14+00:00

Our Foundation

The community of Bellevue was established by a mill owner, Louis DeMoss, in 1795 along the Harpeth River. His first home, christened ‘Belle Vue,’ became synonymous with the community. Through the 1950s, unincorporated Bellevue retained its small-community feel, its residents, and its businesses that were here primarily to service the needs of nearby farms.

Establishing a combined city-county government in 1963 spurred the ‘suburbanization’ of Bellevue, and by the next decade the U.S. Postal Service had changed the mail designation here to a Nashville branch. However, to this day, nobody refers to this community as anything but Bellevue.

Since 2000, Bellevue has grown both in population and development, not only in the established areas along Old Hickory Boulevard and Highway 70 South, but also in the more affluent and rural developments off Old Harding Pike, Poplar Creek Road, and along Highway 100.

The Great Flood of 2o1o

Torrential rains on May 1-2, 2010, hammered the Bellevue community. Floods from these rains affected the area for several days afterwards, closing roads, shutting businesses and schools, and contributing to a number of deaths and widespread property damage.

The Bellevue area was was one of the hardest hit, as the Harpeth River (that runs all through Bellevue) overflowed its banks. Thousands of homes and condominiums were flooded and several people drowned. The River Plantation condominiums were especially hard hit. The community rallied together, however, rebuilt and perhaps became stronger because of it.

Two-day rain totals in some areas of Davidson County were greater than 19 inches (480 mm). The Cumberland River crested at 51.86 feet (15.81 m) in Nashville, a level not seen since 1937 — before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood control measures were in place.

Bellevue Center Mall

Once the heart of the community, the Bellevue Center Mall along Highway 70 South near I-40, awaits its renaissance after sitting idle since 2008. Originally opened in 1990 with two anchor stores, Dillard’s and Castner Knott, the mall suffered in the early 2000s as retailers abandoned the property.

The Bellevue Center property is currently owned by Retail Properties of America, Inc. (RPAI), and although recent years have been rough for this retail center, new life is coming to this valuable piece of property. RPAI, in association with developer Crosland Southeast (Charlotte, NC), is in the process of acquiring all the necessary zoning and permits to begin construction on the new One Bellevue Place.

This exciting new development will boast 500,0oo square feet of retail space that will include a movie theater, shops, restaurants and hotel accommodations, along with additional residential development. For information or interest in becoming a tenant, please contact Tim Sittema at Crosland Southeast,, 704.561.5297