by Emily Luxen
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – A piece of land that has been the subject of much debate in Brentwood is once again a hot topic.
After withdrawing a proposal called the "Streets of Brentwood," the owner of land at the corner of Franklin Road and Maryland Way is now asking people what they would like to see on the site.
H.G. Hill Reality Company hosted a meeting Wednesday night to get feedback from residents.
"We just want to listen to neighbors and hear what they say about the project," said Jimmy Granbery, CEO of H.G. Hill Realty Company.
Granberry said there will be some kind of development on the 32 acre site, but no specific plan has been finalized.
Residents in attendance had plenty of suggestions. They listened to a brief presentation about the empty land, and were able to ask questions and discuss concerns.
"I'm here to support good positive growth for Brentwood," said Bob Beckett, a Brentwood resident. " I want to keep it moving forward and not going backward."
"We would certainly like to see commercial development that is compatible with the rest of the village," said Ruth D'Eredita, a Brentwood resident.
In October 2012, developers revealed plans to build the 970,000 square foot "Streets of Brentwood" development that included a mix of offices, condos, a hotel, retail space, restaurants and a movie theater. The plan was withdrawn after many residents expressed concerns about traffic.
Granbery said the goal moving forward is to find a plan that everyone can support.
"The property has been sitting vacant for a long time," said Granbery. "We need to do something. We need to move forward. I think the neighborhood wants to see something."
Another meeting is scheduled for 6:30-8 p.m. on April 10 in the auditorium of the Baptist Convention, at 5001 Maryland Way.