Brentwood Residents Get First Look At Town Center Proposal
by Heather Graf
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - On Monday, Brentwood residents got their first peek at a development that could change the face of their city. Plans for the 'Streets of Brentwood' include retail space, restaurants, a theater, offices, and residential living.
If a zoning change request is approved by city leaders, the town center would be built on a 17-acre piece of property near the intersection of Maryland Way and Franklin Road.
That's where the Tennessee Baptist Convention now sits.
"This whole type of development, as it's presented, is different for Middle Tennessee," said developer Michael Hindman. "Also, there are going to be retail and restaurant uses we don't have yet in this area."
Hindman and the rest of his team said they're looking forward to creating a community. They also feel the timing for a project like this is just right.
"We have put out feelers, and the retailers are very interested in being here, very interested in being in Brentwood, Tennessee," he said.
Residents who attended Monday's community meeting seemed to have mixed reviews for the proposal.
Some worry it will bring more people and cars to an already congested area..
"The traffic is going to be an incredible problem," said Brentwood resident Shirley Putnam. "The traffic between 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. right now is very, very heavy, so we feel that this is just kind of an overkill in the area."
Other residents feel it's something their community has needed for years.
"I'm very excited about the project," said Gray. "We have lived in big cities, and we like a walkable area. It would just be perfect for us to downsize to one of the condos, so I'm very excited, I think it'll be a great addition to Brentwood."
Monday's meeting was an informal community meeting, taking place in the early planning stages, and before city leaders weigh in on the issue.
The zoning change request will go before the Brentwood City Commission for the first time on November the 12th.
If all goes as planned, developers hope to start construction in 2013.
Monday, May 20 2013 7:42 AM EDT2013-05-20 11:42:42 GMT
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