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Plans Shelved For Major Brentwood Development

By Shannon Royster

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.





 

Streets of Brentwood plans scrapped:
Developers have withdrawn plans to build the mixed-use project
Written by Bonnie Burch  Feb. 16, 2013 1:45 AM
The Tennessean

BRENTWOODPlans for what was touted as a town center for Brentwood is no more.

Developers of Streets of Brentwood, a proposed 950,000-square-foot mixed-use project at the corner of Franklin Road and Maryland Way, have withdrawn their rezoning request a week before its final reading before the Brentwood city commission.

In January, H.G. Hill Realty Co. and GBT Realty Corp. asked for a monthlong deferral of the vote to revise their plans based on community concerns and commissioners’ comments. But in a letter sent to the commission Friday morning, developers said the project — which was to feature office space, residential condos, a hotel, retail, restaurants and a CineBistro movie theater on 17 acres of land that contains the Tennessee Baptist Convention Center and the now demolished Murray Ohio headquarters — wasn’t feasible after these revisions.

“Based on our analysis of the requested revised proposal, we have determined that the current situation is simply too volatile, and the financial risk of the requested revisions simply too great, to continue to proceed with The Streets project,” said the letter signed by James Granbery, H.G. Hill Realty’s CEO.

The final vote was to take place Feb. 25.

“While I am disappointed that deliberations on this proposal have been withdrawn by the developers at this point, realizing there are many positive and negative ramifications from whatever decision was ultimately made about this project, at this time it seems to be what is best for all parties involved,” said City Commissioner Rhea Little.

Criticism abounded

Although there were supporters of the project, criticism ranged from traffic impact issues to the overall size of the project to overburdening the Williamson County Schools system with more students who would live in the residential units with a majority leased out rather than occupied by owners.

“We think all the issues that were raised over the past month was very concerning to the citizens. The residential component and the high density of the project really made us wake up and pay attention to the impact this project would have,” said John Calton, a member of Preserve Brentwood TN, a grassroots group formed to oppose the Streets of Brentwood.

The land where the former Murray Ohio building sat is currently zoned for offices only. The developers were asking the city for Town Center zoning, which would have allowed other commercial purposes and residential living.

Town Center is Brentwood’s old commercial district, roughly 40 acres east of Franklin Road, north of Church Street, south of Old Hickory Boulevard and west of Interstate 65 that was targeted for redevelopment. A revision to the zoning ordinance in 2010 allowed commercial properties within a half mile outside the district, such as the Streets of Brentwood site, to use Town Center zoning standards.

Although Calton was pleased with the outcome for the project, he said that the group would continue to function to prevent other areas outside the original Town Center district from using this zoning classification.

“Preserve Brentwood TN will continue our efforts to make sure that the concerned residents of Brentwood are heard. We’re going nowhere, as we want to inform and involve the voters of Brentwood in the process,” he said.

Both developers own the Murray Ohio site. In the letter, Granbery said the site will be developed under the current zoning

However, they only had an option to purchase the Tennessee Baptist Convention Center.

“Its cost, size and shape make it an integral part of a ‘Town Center’ concept, but less necessary, or certainly (less) valuable, to either of us as merely another older office location in what will be a literal sea of new Class A office space. Its future is, at the very least at this time, uncertain,” he wrote.




 

Developer withdraws 'Streets of Brentwood' proposal
BRENTWOOD, TN (WSMV) -
Feb 15, 2013 7:16 PM CST
Reported by Jonathan Martin

A controversial development plan for Brentwood is officially off the table. For months, people have taken sides over a proposal to build condos, restaurants and even a movie theater on Franklin Road.

Now, the developer has withdrawn those plans.

The so-called Streets of Brentwood project had been in the works for about two years, and developers called it a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Brentwood, saying finally the city would have a true "town center."

The project's end is a disappointment for some but relief for others.

"Very excited. I think that it was going to be something that was too much for Brentwood. I think that we already have a lot of shopping centers," said resident Joanna West.

The plan called for more than 900,000 square feet of condos, offices, restaurants and retail. Many neighbors felt it was too much for Brentwood, fearing a new town center would increase crime and traffic.

A group called "Preserve Brentwood" took these concerns to city leaders, asking them not to re-zone the property.

"The things that were most concerning were the high density residences, the hotel, the theater," said resident Gerald Witcher.

After hearing so many concerns, developers promised to tweak their plans and submit a new proposal this week. Instead, they scrapped the project all together.

Developer Jimmy Granberry, in a letter to the city, said in part, "Based on our analysis of the requested revised proposal, we have determined the current situation is simply too volatile, and the financial risk simply too great, to continue to proceed with the project."

While this project is now off the table, neighbors said they know another could come soon.

"It can come up again in six months. Developers can do site work and bring it up again after our May elections, and we feel like that's one of the strategies they may be entertaining," Witcher said.

Developers also mentioned in their letter that concerns about the project came from a small, but admittedly loud section of Brentwood and said there were many supporters.

They also mentioned they'd invested thousands of hours and millions of dollars in this project so far, but it's not clear what they have planned for the property now.

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Brentwood developers envision big changes for downtown
Posted: Jan 31, 2013 6:53 PM CST
Updated: Jan 31, 2013 8:58 PM CST

A bold plan for downtown Brentwood would completely change the look of a busy part of town. Developers say it's badly needed, but those against it say it's just going to add more traffic to an already congested area.

The development would include retail, condos and restaurants, but some neighbors says it's too much.

Despite big growth in recent years, Michael Hindman says one thing is still missing in Brentwood: a town square.

"Brentwood has never had a central commercial district," said Hindman, an architect and spokesman for the proposed "Streets of Brentwood."

The roughly 900,000-square-foot project is planned for 17 acres near the corner of Franklin Road and Maryland Farms.

"It will have retail. It will have offices. It will have residential," Hindman said.

It would also include a hotel and movie theater.

But neighbors like Gerald Withcer says it's not what the city needs.

"The real issue is you're trying to put too many people and too much stuff in a small area," Withcer said.

Withcer and about a dozen others have started the group "Preserve Brentwood," which hopes to create a collective voice to take before the city commission, who would have to approve the special town center zoning.

"We're going to have significant traffic issues. We're going to have an undue burden on our schools and force some of our residents to be rezoned. We may indeed have some crime issues associated with these changes," Withcer said.

Hindman, also a Brentwood resident, said he's listened to neighbors' concerns and as a result developers have reduced the project by 50,000 square feet, decreased the height of proposed buildings and agreed to move the development further back from the property line.

"So we've tried to respond in several ways," Hindman said.

Folks with Preserve Brentwood say they are willing to compromise. One suggestion they have are to keep the offices, retail and restaurants and get rid of the hotel and condos.

Developers are expected to come up with a new proposal soon for the commission to vote on at its next meeting set for Feb. 25.

The Preserve Brentwood group is meeting Thursday to discuss the plans at the library branch on Concord Road at 8 p.m.

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Preserve Brentwood group battles to end Streets of Brentwood project

Residents want to save 'traditional vision' of town

Calvin and Jeanette Dale stand in the backyard of their home in Brentwood and explain their opposition to the Streets of Brentwood project. Their main concerns are more traffic and density in an area where those are already problems.
Calvin and Jeanette Dale stand in the backyard of their home in Brentwood and explain their opposition to the Streets of Brentwood project. Their main concerns are more traffic and density in an area where those are already problems. / Steven S. Harman / The Tennessean

When Preserve Brentwood TN formed recently to oppose a large mixed-use development, the grass-roots group decided to galvanize the troops of residents in hopes of defeating the upcoming rezoning request.

To amass more voices, members gathered statistics from traffic surveys, combed through projected student enrollment data for area schools and even looked into crime statistics provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for nearby areas including Antioch, Bellevue and Green Hills.

These numbers have hit the Web at www.preservebrentwoodtn.org, landed in email inboxes for area homeowners associations and been passed around several schools’ student pickup lines to persuade Brentwood residents to mobilize against the project.

“The other thing you can do besides showing up (to meetings) is spread the word. People can make up their own minds down the road. We just want to present facts, figures and research and concerns,” Preserve Brentwood TN member John Calton told a full meeting room of involved residents at the Brentwood Library on Thursday night for the group’s first informational meeting.

At the heart of their arguments, Calton said, is the “traditional vision of Brentwood” — single-family homes on 1-acre lots and less-dense business developments within the town borders.

The goal is to persuade Brentwood city commissioners to turn down GBT Realty Corp. and H.G. Hill Realty Co.’s rezoning request to build Streets of Brentwood, a more than 900,000-square-foot project that would feature condominiums with a majority for rent; office space; a hotel; and retail and restaurants, including a CineBistro movie theater on 17 acres of land that houses the Tennessee Baptist Convention Center and the now-demolished Murray Ohio headquarters.

After making it through a first reading and public hearing with the city commission and a positive recommendation from the planning commission, developers have asked for a deferral on the final vote so they can revise some aspects of the plans, although they haven’t given an indication of what the new proposal would entail. Final reading is scheduled for Feb. 25.

Already the group’s petition, which exists as both a hard copy and an online document, has gathered more than 500 signatures in three weeks and will be handed to city leaders.

“We have a voice in this community that needs to be heard,” another Preserve Brentwood TN member, Ashley McAnulty, told the assembly of more than 100 people.

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'Preserve Brentwood' group organizes to oppose rezoning


'Preserve Brentwood' group organizes to oppose rezoning | Streets of Brentwood, development, brentwood tn, real estate, business, H.G. Hill, GBT

John Calton addresses the large crowd at Thursday night's Preserve Brentwood community meeting.

Community Meeting brings large crowd to library

Updated 5 p.m. Friday

For months, Brentwood residents whose properties are most affected by proposed Streets of Brentwood mixed-use development have been watching the rezoning process unfold at community and public meetings and hearings.

On Thursday night, more than 100 others joined them at the Brentwood Library for a “community meeting” sponsored by a new ad hoc group, Preserve Brentwood.

For almost two hours, a standing-room-only crowd listened intently as opponents to the proposed rezoning of the 17-acre former Murray Ohio and Tennessee Baptist Convention sites into the Town Center commercial district laid out their side of the issue. Specifically addressed were possible impacts on local schools, traffic, crime and city revenues.

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Citizens speak out, mostly against Streets of Brentwood

UPDATED: 'Streets' developers ask to defer final rezoning vote

Preserve Brentwood, which has not yet been formally chartered, is a group of about 15 to 20 impacted neighbors and interested Brentwood residents who  came together following the Jan. 7 Brentwood Planning Commission meeting.  That board voted 6-4 to recommend that the Brentwood City Commission approve the rezoning from C-1, commercial office, to C-4/SR, Town Center commercial with special restrictions.

The Planning Commission added a request to its motion, however, that the 950,000-square-foot development that is expected to include retail, restaurants, residential, office and a cinema along with a 1700-plus space parking garage be reduced 50,000 square feet to lessen the impact on the Williamsburg Circle homes directly adjacent to the property line.

The city commission’s final vote on the rezoning request is planned for Feb. 25, a date deferred one month by the developers, H.G. Hill Realty and GBT Realty Co., to give them time to analyze the planning commission’s request as well as comments made by city commissioners and the public during the required public hearing held Jan. 11.

Among those attending Thursday night's meeting to hear the presentation were all seven of the city commissions and at least one member of the planning commission.

No one representing the development team (landowners, architects, traffic analysts or engineers) or city planning staff were part of the program. Instead, different Preserve Brentwood team members shared their personal and/or the team's analysis of the issues and data that has been part of the rezoning process.

Preserve Brentwood, said moderator John Calton, consists of people who want to keep the “traditional vision of Brentwood” with its one-house, one-acre residential flavor intact and to unite others in an effort to influence city leaders to vote no to the rezoning later this month.

He said the group includes people of different age groups and socioeconomic backgrounds who are empty nesters, parents of young children and people with no children.

An 11-year Brentwood resident who lives on Williamsburg Circle, Calton's property backs up to the adjacent Hill Center.

Calton quoted a Brentwood Home Page story from 2010 concerning  an amendment approved to the original C-4 zoning ordinance that allowed commercial areas up to a half mile away from the district's original boundaries to seek a reclassification to C-4. That story stated that the city sought the input of several Brentwood area builders, architects and developers for feedback on the amendments.

“‘Many developers had their input, but we feel residents did not,” Calton said. “The citizens of Brentwood need a seat at the table.”

Team member Ashley Mcanulty offered a “non-developer view” of the Streets concept plan.

As currently zoned, he said, the 17 acres could contain five office buildings, similar to the nearby Ramparts building. He showed a slide of a concept plan the H.G. Hill/GBT team presented to the city for how it might look if developed under current zoning. It shows five office buildings with a total of 760,000 square feet.

As developed under C-4, the original concept plan calls for a 950,000-square-foot, multi-storied development, though it will likely be reduced at the recommendation of the planning commission.

“This is a major, major development at the gateway to our city,” Mcanulty said. He reviewed the residential component and shared information about the Cinebistro, an 11-screen theater/restaurant that caters to adults, the hotel and retail components.

He also mentioned the Hill Center, now anchored by Fresh Market and REI, and hinted that it may be next to be rezoned. “This is a potential site for C-4 in the future.” (No rezoning plans have been brought to the city and the Hill Center, though owned by the same company, has no bearing on the rezoning proposal being considered now).  

Of the residential units, a majority of which would be rentals, he said 45 percent would be 600- to 800-square-feet, one-bedroom units, or “about the size of a lot of bathrooms in Brentwood.”

Mcanulty mentioned Tapestry, a new rental condominium development under construction across Franklin Road on Centerview Drive that will have close to 400 one- and two-bedroom units. “That morphed into something we didn’t think it would become,” he said.

From left, standing, Mayor Paul Webb, city commissioners Rhea Little, Jill Burgin and Betsy Crossley and Planning Commissioner Mark Gorman listen to the presentation.

Of the hotel, he asked, “do we really need another hotel at the Old Hickory and I-65 exit” when 15 are already in operation nearby. That number that will grow to 16 when the recently approved Hilton Garden Inn is built around the historic Mooreland Mansion in the Synergy Center.

David Moss, a traffic engineer, reviewed the traffic study that was conducted by RPM on behalf of the developer and reviewed by another firm at the request of the city; Joy Day, a mother of a Scales Elementary School kindergartener spoke about the rezoning's impact on schools; Gerald Witcher shared studies on crime rates, and Page Robble, a CPA, gave an overview of the city’s financial picture and expected revenue from different types of development on the site.

Day claimed that while Williamson County Schools' administrators have estimated approximately 50 students might live in the Streets of Brentwood and it could accommodate them without issue, she believes the potential number of children entering the public school system will be much more and that it will have a “ripple effect.”

“The people on the fringes of those areas are going to be rezoned,” Day stated.

Witcher painted a bleak picture of the future if the Streets proposal is approved.

“I’m just a guy. But I do live here and I do have some personal experience with crime,” he said, sharing he grew up in the Nolensville Road and Antioch area which he said used to be a nice area.

He claimed if apartments are built, over time “it will change the demographics in our community forever.”

Witcher said Brentwood’s high home prices form a barrier to crime elements today. Homeowners have “skin in the game,” he said. “Renters don’t have much skin in the game. … They get to use all of our facilities just because they are renters.”

He said that even though the units are supposed to be real nice and expensive, that will not keep crime from increasing. “Nothing could be future from the truth,” he claimed. “We have something really special here that we are real close to screwing it up.

“... I don’t want to see Brentwood turn into the Antioch of Williamson County,” Witcher concluded to applause.

Page Robble, an accountant, reviewed the city’s financial standing, which he described as financially strong.

“We have a unique thing here; I think we have a lot to be thankful for,” he said.  “I think we’re all here because hopefully we’re all well off and want to preserve that.”

Robble said that with the city’s $26.5 million in reserves and AAA bond rating, “you’re not going to find a city that’s any better.”

He said that if the 17 acres is rezoned and developed under C-4, its estimated value would be $210 million. Developed under C-1, its estimated value would be $160 million. Both are significantly higher than the $13,955 the Murray Ohio property currently brings to the city each year.

 “It’s obviously not a good thing to have abandoned property,” Robble noted.

Robble urged everyone to be concerned about the current proposal but more importantly to be more involved in all aspects of the city, not just “my little house in my neighborhood.”

Calton closed the official part of the program by urging all attending to become engaged, study the plans, contact members of the city commission and remember the upcoming Municipal Election in May.




 

UPDATED: 'Streets' developers ask to defer final rezoning vote

On Thursday, the team working with developers H.G. Hill Realty Company and GBT Realty Corporation met and “realized we needed time to re-evaluate everything we’d heard,” spokesman Michael Hindman told Brentwood Home Page Friday. “Those decisions don’t happen quickly, so rather than rush to iron them all out, we decided to take the time to address them.”

Hindman would not elaborate on what changes might be made to the concept plan submitted as part of the rezoning request, but said they included “a number of things,” including the requested reduction of 50,000 square feet from the 950,000-square foot concept plan and “rumblings of requests for further reductions.”

Asked about the residential units and if they could all be owner-occupied rather than rentals – a request heard in multiple meetings concerning the project, Hindman said that, of course, would be the ideal, but that financing simply is not available for that type of condominium project currently.

Developers are caught in a Catch 22 situation. The concept plan submitted as part of the rezoning request is not the actual site plan that must be approved and followed if the rezoning is passed.

A concept plan must be submitted as part of a rezoning request so that the city can make any special restrictions to its standard restrictions specific to a particular type of zoning. Once a rezoning request passes, a developer then submits the real site plan to the city that must be approved by the planning commission with no guarantee the plans will be approved as submitted, if at all.  

“There are so many unknowns, it makes developers wary,” Hindman said. That’s why developers work so closely with city staff to make sure projects pass muster and win staff recommendation before going to city commission for a rezoning request and later for site plan approval.

“We’re all trying to do the right thing by Brentwood,” Vice Mayor Rod Freeman said. “Overall the plan is a good plan and I hope we can see it through. I think the developers have the best interest of Brentwood at heart just as we have the best interest of Brentwood at heart. “




 

Citizens speak out, mostly against Streets of Brentwood

 

A resident speaks out against the proposed rezoning and mixed-use development planned on the corner of Franklin Road and Maryland Way.


Corrected 8:15 a.m. Tuesday

Opponents turned out 2 to 1 to share concerns about the proposed rezoning and related Streets of Brentwood mixed- use development at a public hearing  Monday night. The Brentwood City Commission listened, but did not respond to the comments made prior to its regular meeting.

The commission’s final vote on the ordinance that would rezone 17 acres on the southwest corner of one of the city’s busiest and most visible intersections, Franklin Road and Maryland Way, will be on Jan. 28.


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Proponents, who Mayor Paul Webb allowed to speak first, noted the 900,000-plus square foot development would bring retail, restaurants, a cinema, office buildings and residential units to an expanded Town Center district. They cited the “pedestrian experience,” “street scene,” ‘shopping” and the ability to downsize to a condominium-style community in Brentwood as reasons to allow the rezoning.

The two parcels, the former Murray Ohio headquarters and the current Tennessee Baptist Convention sites, are currently zoned C-1 (Commercial office). Property owners H.G. Hill Realty Company and GBT Realty Corporation want it rezoned C-4 (Town Center district with special restrictions), which allows a much higher density and mixed used that includes residential.

 “I am thrilled to see a town center become a reality,” Amy B. Wyatt, a 19-year Brentwood resident and local Realtor, told the board. She urged the commission to require the residential units to be “actual condos,” not rental units.

“I know I could sell them,” she said, adding that she knows many people who would like to live there.

Wyatt (who provides real estate statistics to Brentwood Home Page) noted, however, that she would prefer the large parking structure located in the center of the property in the current concept plan to be moved to another location to allow people to walk through the development.

Cindi Parmenter, speaking on behalf of the Williamson County Chamber of Commerce, and Nelson Andrews, general manager of Andrews Cadillac, both mentioned the economic benefits the rezoning and development could bring to the city.

Parmenter noted that the retail component could bring 250 to 275 jobs, while the proposed offices could add 1,000 to 1400 employment opportunities. She added the development could bring $10 million annually to the city and county in sales and property taxes.

Eight individuals spoke in favor of the rezoning. After just over 15 of the allotted 30 minutes for favorable comments had passed and no one else stepped up to speak, Webb invited opponents to begin.

Residents of Williamsburg Estates, Iroquois Estates and Meadowlake – three subdivisions that most commonly are referred to as Meadowlake and are the closest to the site – made up the largest contingent of those speaking against the rezoning, though others from throughout the city also shared their feelings with the board. Crime, noise, traffic and a lack of green space were common themes voiced.

A misinterpretation of the original intent of the Town Center concept and C-4 zoning was also a topic of concern.

Tawn Albright, who lives in Belle Rive II, came with three suggestions for the board. He asked that a comprehensive traffic plan for the entire city be put into place before more development is approved and he suggested the number of residential units be reduced and that all of the units be owner occupied. Finally, he asked that the development be redesigned to incorporate adjacent Maryland Farms Park, to accommodate the green space and make it more palatable to the entire community.

Barbara Wilkins, a Williamsburg Circle resident whose property abuts the existing Hill Center and Ruby Tuesdays restaurant, said she preferred office buildings to the mixed-use proposal.

“Anytime you put commercial against residential, residential loses,” no matter how many special restrictions you put on the development, Wilkins said.

Chuck Czarnik, who works in the Westpark Building in Maryland Farms, told the board that the planned parking structure would be among the largest in the state and “as big as the parking structure being built for the Nashville Convention Center.” His comments centered on the growing infrastructure needs that come with development of this scale.

Czarnik was one of several individuals who mentioned the nearby Tapestry condominium development now being constructed less than a mile away on Centerview Drive and a new hotel that recently won approval after a rezoning to C-4/SR in the Synergy Business Park. The hotel will be built around the historic Mooreland Mansion.

Each citizen was given two minutes to speak, which was closely followed by most of the speakers.  

The time limit brought a few uncomfortable minutes when Dr. Jack Fletcher, a former city and planning commissioner, requested additional time after Webb indicated his time was up. Webb told the Brentwood dentist who has previously spoken against the proposal that he had to be fair to all and not make exceptions. Fletcher took exception to Webb’s refusal to let him continue. After a few tense exchanges, Fletcher returned to his seat in the full board room.

After 15 individuals had their say against the project, Janice Dukes -- a 44-year resident of the city and one of the two Williamsburg Circle residents most impacted – was given the final two minutes of the public hearing.

Dukes shared that when her family moved into their home, Brentwood was a peaceful, idyllic community and the only sound they heard was the horses at Maryland Farms, when the property behind her house was a real farm and not a business park.

 She read a passage from the city’s history posted on its website that reads: “... The vision that was shared by Brentwood’s early residents in establishing a low density residential community is still prevalent. About 90 percent of Brentwood’s acreage is zoned residential with a density standard of one dwelling unit per acre."

"The easy accessibility to Nashville, the open country character of the area and the focus on quality land use and development has made Brentwood one of the most attractive and desirable growing communities in Tennessee.”

“There’s no mention of mixed-used development,” Dukes told the commission. She asked the six commissioners present – Rhea Little was absent due to a medical issue – to
“represent and protect” the people who had elected them and to “study everything carefully.”

Though none of the commissioners directly addressed those who spoke, Vice Mayor Rod Freeman thanked those who came out during the Commissioners Comments part of the agenda.

“I appreciate the fact that so many people came out for or against,” he said, and took the time to participate in the process.

The next and final action comes on Jan. 28 when the city commission will vote on second and final reading on the rezoning request. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the second-floor board room of the Brentwood Municipal Building.

UPDATE: The vote on the project, at the request of the developer, has been deferred to the Feb 25 City Commission meeting.

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