Brentwood to consider purchasing land for new park as landowners seek to prevent development

Sensing Park
The city is considering the purchase of a 52-acre tract of land for a new city park. (Courtesy city of Brentwood)

The city is considering the purchase of a 52-acre tract of land for a new city park. (Courtesy city of Brentwood)

A historic tract of land in northeast Brentwood could become a new city park at the city moves forward in negotiations to approve the purchase of a portion of the 90-acre Windy Hill Farm.

The Brentwood City Commission is expected to vote on a contract in March to approve the purchase of 52 acres of land near Old Smyrna Road. The property, also referred to as the Sensing Property, features a historic home dating back to the 1800s and was first settled by the Sneed family, according to documents from the city’s historic commission. The property was added to the National Historic Register in 1988.

According to City Manager Kirk Bednar, the city was recently approached by the Sensing family, who wished to sell the property but wanted to see the land remain undeveloped to preserve the open space.

The land would be purchased for approximately $100,000 per acre, the appraised value of the land, according to the city. The estimated $5.2 million project would be funded over the next two years using fund balances from the city’s fiscal year 2019-20 and 2020-21 budgets. Funding would also be provided using revenue from the city’s facilities tax and donations from Brentwood Green Space.

The land is expected to be used to develop what the city refers to as a “passive park,” adding trails, playgrounds and picnic areas rather than athletic fields. Proposed amenities have not yet been finalized as the city would have to complete an environmental survey and a master plan for the space. The new park is expected to give 1,900 residents in the surrounding area new park access.

The remaining 38 acres are expected to preserved using a conservation easement, which will be sold to a third party with the stipulation that it remain largely undeveloped and that the historic home be preserved, according to the city.

Should the city commission approve a contract to approve the land purchase, the city is expected to close on the land later this summer, Bednar said. A construction start date for the park has not been announced.
By Wendy Sturges

A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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