Rezoning plans for Hill Center Brentwood sailed smoothly through
Brentwood City Commission recently, while residents expressed eagerness
to see the project come to fruition.
Interested area residents
gathered at the Brentwood Library last night for a public hearing to
listen to a presentation outlining plans and renderings for the Hill
Center Brentwood. Project leader Jimmy Granbery, H.G. Hill Realty CEO,
led the presentation followed by a traffic study and stormwater
presentation by experts.
The development would bring about 600,000
square feet of office, retail and restaurant space to the corner of
Maryland Way and Franklin Road, with wide sidewalks, green space areas
with benches, connectivity to parks, a parking garage and improved water
quality for the area.
The public hearing ended with no questions
for project presenters and an approving comment from long-time Brentwood
resident Calvin Bruce to “get it built.”
The community reaction
greatly differs from the developer’s attempts two years ago to bring a
similar project, Streets of Brentwood, to the city.
project would have brought a 950,000 square foot. mixed-use development
with commercial, retail and residential space. However, the project met
much controversy and push back from some residents and commissioners who
opposed the residential component of the plans that would include
Debate rose over the possibility of residential rental
space coming to a community where historically residential homes are
built on a minimum of one-acre lots. Ultimately, the previous project
was pulled from consideration.
With a fresh perspective this
go-round, the new Hill Center Brentwood project seems to catch a
pleasing eye of most residents and officials after about three public
meetings, one neighborhood meeting in the Williamsburg subdivision and a
recent rezoning approval from the city.
The Brentwood City
Commission unanimously approved rezoning the 17-acre property to a C-2
(commercial/retail) designation upon first reading earlier this month.
does not allow residential, extended stay hotels or conversion of
hotels to residential,” Granbery explained during the presentation.
also explained that residents’ support of retail and restaurant space
reflected in the Brentwood 2020 resident survey administered by the city
was also taken into consideration when planning the development. “We
have worked very closely with neighbors and the city,” Granbery said.
have a great team, and I feel very good about the process. We have been
very transparent. There are no agendas and no surprises.”
with streetscape renderings and plan details, the presentation also
included detailed explanation of the comprehensive traffic study of
about 12 intersections surrounding the proposed development. Also, a
stormwater plan that would greatly improve the quality of the water in
the area was submitted.
Granbery proposed a plan for connectivity
ensuring that green space with wide sidewalks would connect Hill Center
Brentwood to East Park Chadwick, City Park, Maryland Way Park and the
existing Hill Center.
He explained that $498,000 would be
generated in sales tax revenue for Williamson County Schools and that
Williamson County would receive $907,000 in additional revenues from
The planning commission will provide a
recommendation July 7. A public hearing will be held July 14 and the
city commission final reading will be July 28.
“We have made sure
that everyone gets a chance to look at the project, and we will see what
happens July 28,” Brentwood Mayor Betsy Crossley said. If approved,
Phase I of the project, including the demolition of the Tennessee
Baptist Convention building, could begin in August.