For the first time ever, Brentwood has approved rental condominium units for their city, which since 1969 has held tight to its one-acre suburban density. Last Thursday night, the Brentwood City Commission rezoned commercial property to allow for mixed use developments, including 393 condominium units along with hints of commercial space on 7 acres of vacant land next to the Brentwood Place Shopping Center. The rental condominium project was proposed by Bristol Development Group, and was portrayed to provide more housing options, especially for young professionals and empty-nesters in Brentwood. Most of the residential property in Brentwood’s city limits is composed of single-family homes, where they have a 1-acre density per lot rule.
The project is outside of the traditional Town Center area, the city’s old commercial district that now has new design and development standards attached to help rejuvenate business there. But a change in the codes last year made it possible for new development to receive this type of zoning if the project was within a half-mile radius of Town Center. Commissioner Rhea Little admitted, “Town Center is unique… I do think it’s the right path for the Town Center.” Brentwood locals who support the project mentioned that it would provide additional tax revenue for the city, residents who would shop and work at existing businesses, and possibly add future Town Center redevelopment. People opposing the development plan were concerned with the density of the condo units, which would be rented out rather than individually owned. In their comments to city leaders, they expressed worry that traffic would increase in the area and kids from the condos would burden the school system with more students. Mayor Paul Webb, the only commissioner to vote against the project, said he was concerned the condo units were “too small and too many.” Earlier this month, the Brentwood Planning Commission gave the proposal a positive recommendation. Revised final site plans for the project are on the agenda for the Planning Commission’s Monday meeting at 7 p.m. (source) (picture source).