Brentwood approves rezoning for Tennessee Baptist Children's Home development plan

Brentwood city leaders on Jan. 11 approved a rezoning for 31.7 acres of Tennessee Baptist Children's Home land from service institutional to residential open space. The rezoning clears the way for the home to redevelop the land to finance rebuilding on-campus homes for children in need.  (Courtesy-Ragan Smith)
Brentwood city leaders on Jan. 11 approved a rezoning for 31.7 acres of Tennessee Baptist Children's Home land from service institutional to residential open space. The rezoning clears the way for the home to redevelop the land to finance rebuilding on-campus homes for children in need. (Courtesy-Ragan Smith)

Brentwood city leaders on Jan. 11 approved a rezoning for 31.7 acres of Tennessee Baptist Children's Home land from service institutional to residential open space. The rezoning clears the way for the home to redevelop the land to finance rebuilding on-campus homes for children in need. (Courtesy-Ragan Smith)

At its Jan. 11 meeting, the Brentwood City Commission approved a rezoning of more than 30 acres of Tennessee Baptist Children's Homes’ campus so the nonprofit child care facility can sell it to be turned into single-family homes.

Under the proposal put forward, 31.7 acres between Franklin and Wikle Road would be recategorized from service institution-educational with special restrictions to open space residential.

The new subdivision will be called Eastman’s Preserve in honor of Georgia Eastman, who established TBCH as a home for orphans in 1891. The new subdivision could include up to 25 single-family lots, according to the most recent proposal.

Officials of the home have said proceeds of redeveloping the land will be used to fund rebuilding campus residences to provide individual rooms and restrooms for children.

Neighbors of the project raised issues about traffic, stormwater and flooding issues as a result of the proposal.


The proposal will next go to the Brentwood Planning Commission.
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