BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - One of the biggest commercial development projects in the history of Brentwood is now history itself. Developers were hoping to build the Streets of Brentwood where the Tennessee Baptist Convention center now sits at Maryland Way and Franklin Road.
The 950,000 square foot development was set to include retail space, restaurants, a theater, offices, and residential living.
The plan was met with serious opposition from neighbors who formed a group called Preserve Brentwood to put a stop to the project. Members of the group were concerned the development would mean a huge increase in traffic in an area that's already heavily congested.
Earlier this month, city leaders asked the developer, H.G. Hill Company to revise plans for the site after residents voiced concerns about traffic and crime issues during public meetings in January. The company decided not to make revisions.
Company leaders sent Brentwood city manager Kirk Bednar a letter Friday morning. "They notified us this morning that they'd made the decision that they could not come up with a plan that they felt would be supported and make them the return they needed. " said Bednar.
H.G. Hill Company says they didn't reach this decision lightly. They say they are sad and disappointed about it, but they say the situation is simply too volatile and the financial risk is too great.
Even though Phase 1 of the project has been scrapped, the developers still have the option to move forward with Phase 2. "So they will probably move forward with the development of the Murray site under it's current zoning, which was essentially for office buildings," said Bednar.