PLANNING COMMISSION PREVIEW: New hotel, office/retail space part of next phase of Hill Center


PLANNING COMMISSION PREVIEW: New hotel, office/retail space part of next phase of Hill Center

An image from the City of Brentwood website showing the preliminary plan for Phase Two of the Hill Center Brentwood development.

By LANDON WOODROOF

Since its opening in 2016, Hill Center Brentwood has brought a host of new businesses to Brentwood.

Restaurants, retailers and more are now readily available to workers and residents at the corner of Maryland Way and Franklin Road.

All of those new businesses that have opened so far represent just the first phase of the Hill Center Brentwood development, though. At its next meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 2, Brentwood’s Planning Commission will review plans for the center’s next stage of development.

The plans for Phase Two of Hill Center Brentwood call for a new hotel at the site, as well as two new retail buildings, a new office building and a new parking garage.

Altogether these buildings will add about 197,000 square feet to Hill Center Brentwood.

There’s also a plan to add a Jason’s Deli location at the former Ruby Tuesday’s in the center.

The hotel is planned for the back of the development, abutting Maryland Way Park. Stairs will lead down from the hotel to the park. The four-story hotel is expected to be an AC Hotel, which is a Marriott brand.

The hotel will have 141 rooms.

The Phase Two plans also include a 93,000-square-foot office building, which will also be located behind the current development next to Maryland Way Park. A two-level, 315 space parking garage is planned to be built between that new office building and the existing buildings.

The two retail spaces will be around 10,000 square feet each. One will be constructed next to the existing parking garage and the other next to the new one.

The preliminary plan for the development still leaves room for two more buildings to be built after Phase Two is completed.

Another item on the agenda is a revised site plan for a Jason’s Deli, to be located in the old Ruby Tuesday building on the southern end of Hill Center Brentwood.

The original plan presented to the Planning Commission last month ran into opposition from both residents and commissioners who mainly objected to a drive-through lane that the company wanted to construct in the existing parking lot.

The new plan does away with that drive-through lane and also tones down some of the design choices for the deli’s proposed window awnings, which commissioners had also expressed some concern about.

Another item on the agenda is a site plan for a new self-storage facility on Wilson Pike Circle.

At the previous Planning Commission briefing, commissioners had expressed disapproval of the facade that had been chosen for the building. That facade was going to consist of a kind of illuminated mesh material.

Developers revised the plan to make the new building’s facade will be simply brick with metal panels.

The storage facility is planned for the former site of Jim Johnson Landscaping at 263 Wilson Pike Circle. If approved, at nearly 101,000 square feet it will be the largest self-storage facility in Brentwood.

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