Brentwood city commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a second reading of an ordinance for rezoning a portion of land where Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home (TBCH) resides so the organization can then sell and develop it.
The land, located east of Franklin Road and north of Wikle Road, west of the King’s Crossing subdivision, is rezoned from service institution – educational/special restriction to open space residential development (OSRD), leaving it open to a future development.
The project will now move to the planning commission.
Kirk Bednar, city manager, shared with the commissioners that there had been no change since the first reading, however, representatives from the development team and for TBCH were present if commissioners had questions.
“When we discussed before, we talked about a tree buffer between King’s Crossing. Has there been any resolution?” Commissioner Anne Dunn asked.
A member of the development team said they have requested an enhancement of the buffer with trees and plants, and they looked forward to working with the city staff and planning commission further.
The name of the new subdivision will be Eastman’s Preserve, in honor of Georgia Eastman, who founded the ministry’s first location in 1891.
TBCH will use the proceeds from the sale of the land to update its current housing that has become run down from years of use.
TBCH provides Christ-centered, compassionate, on-campus homes and foster families for children across Tennessee who are in need. The organization has operated in the community for more than 100 years.
The plan is to re-envision the Brentwood campus with a new model of home with individual rooms and bathrooms. The renovations will transform the campus and increase the safety for the children, and staff and children’s homes will be updated.
At the first reading, citizens voiced concerns about traffic on Wilke Road and about storm and flooding issues. The developers said they will work with the planning commission to resolve these concerns.