Hill, GBT unveil Streets of Brentwood plan

Developers eye almost 1M square feet at Franklin Road, Maryland Way

[Updated with Jimmy Granbery comments on proposed theater concept]

The massive Streets of Brentwood development is moving closer to reality and, if approved, will grow to include almost 1 million square feet of residential and commercial property.

The nearly 17-acre joint venture between H.G. Hill Realty and GBT Realty bought the Murray Ohio headquarters on Franklin Road in 2011 and has the adjacent Tennessee Baptist Convention property on Maryland Way under contract. The developers have asked for a zoning change that would let them build more than 972,000 square feet of residential, office, retail and restaurant space as well as a theater and a hotel.

Plans for The Streets of Brentwood call for two main retail buildings — one of them topped by a residential project — along with three smaller retail boxes, with another building which could be used as hotel or residential. In addition, there are four office buildings and a 50,000-square-foot theater. The plans call for 1,800-plus parking spots in a five-story deck and another 850 underground spaces.

The movie theater will be unique to the area, a "big-ticket," high-end dining-and-movie option, according to H.G. Hill CEO Jimmy Granbery.

The theater will be fronted by a restaurant, and patrons will have the option to eat in the dining room or take their meal into the theater, which has wide seats with fold-up tables. Children will not be allowed unless accompanied by an adult.

"It's not a 'drop off 25 kids and leave' place," Granbery said.

Granbery said he first encountered the concept in Vail, Colorado, which is the home to a Cinebistro theater.

The project is adjacent to the existing Hill Center of Brentwood. The rezoning request is on the Nov. 12 agenda for Brentwood's City Commission.

"The City staff is currently undertaking a detailed review of the proposal with the goal of having recommendations to the Board by the meeting," said Mike Walker, Brentwood's city manager.

The developers have scheduled a question-and-answer session Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Tennessee Baptist Convention.

"After many months of planning, we are pleased to deliver to Brentwood a development concept that complements the vision the City Commissioners had when they expanded the boundaries of the Town Center," Granbery said.

“GBT is proud to partner with H.G. Hill Realty in bringing Middle Tennessee its first true mixed-use lifestyle center,” said George Tomlin, president and CEO of GBT. “This will be a game changer in that it provides a true work, shop, eat, stay, and play environment all in one walkable location.”