By MATT BLOIS
The Brentwood Historic Commission will take a lead role in assisting a developer who plans to restore a historic slave cabin on the Primm farm.
Last month, the Brentwood City Commission approved a plan to rezone the western half of the Primm property on Moores lane. The land already was zoned for residential development, but the city changed the type of residential zoning.
A developer plans to build a 24-home subdivision on the property and restore the slave cabin. The Planning Commission will vote on a preliminary plan for the new subdivision on Monday.
In a letter to Brentwood Planning Director Jeff Dobson, developer Jerrold Pedigo wrote that he had already met with the Historic Commission to discuss the restoration. The group agreed to take the lead role in researching the cabins.
The Historic Commission will produce a report describing how to restore the cabin so it will be period correct.
The eastern half of the farm also has a historic home and barn, but those buildings aren’t part of the new subdivision and won’t be restored by the developer.
During the rezoning process, Pedigo said he had heard from buyers interested in purchasing the eastern half of the property so they could preserve the historic buildings.
At a Planning Commission info meeting on Thursday morning, Brentwood’s Planning Director Jeff Dobson said there are some buyers who are having initial conversations about buying the property.
“We do understand there are some people looking at the property. We don’t know what’s going on with it, don’t know the status of whether somebody is actually going to buy it,” he said. “It’s just preliminary discussions.”
He said the property is about 15 acres, but estimated that about 5 acres are buildable because some of the property is in a floodplain and there are Native American burial grounds nearby.
At the meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Jon Church had some concerns about how the historic cabin would be maintained.
The home owners association of the subdivision will be responsible for maintaining the cabins. Church wanted to know whether they would be held to a high standard.
Dobson said the standards for maintaining the cabin would likely be incorporated into the property’s covenants, conditions and restrictions, which are rules set by private property owners. The home owners association will have to submit those rules before the final plat is recorded.
He also said the Historic Commission could review plans for restoring the cabin and could ask the Planning Commission to apply some conditions before approving future plans.