Downtown looking up?
An inside look at what Bristol Centerview might offer
By AMY STUMPFL
For Brentwood Home Page
Brentwood’s first mixed-use residential complex could be moving closer to reality.
The Brentwood City Commission will gather Thursday evening for what is expected to be the final vote on the proposed rezoning of 7.03 acres along Centerview Drive into the C-4 Town Center district. If passed, Bristol Development Group is expected to submit plans for a project that would include 393 residential units, along with nearly 9,000 square feet of retail space.
The city’s decision remains to be seen. But if Bristol Development’s track record is any indication, the proposed complex could provide a huge boost to the local tax base – while delivering the traditional town center that residents have always wanted.
“What we’re looking to do is really enhance the Town Center area,” says David Hanchrow of Bristol Development, a Franklin-based company that specializes in urban and suburban multifamily communities. “This project will bring new life into the community.”
Hanchrow points to award-winning Bristol projects such as Icon in the Gulch and 1700 Midtown in Nashville as cases in point.
“We’re not trying to turn Brentwood into downtown Nashville, but this project will target the young professionals and empty-nesters who would like a place that’s within walking distance to work, shopping and restaurants. These are people who are renting by choice and they’re willing to pay a premium for this kind of location and lifestyle.
“The state of the multi-family real estate industry has changed,” he adds. “This is not the old 1970s apartment with shag carpets and tiny closets. We’re talking about real quality and real luxury.”
Indeed, Bristol’s Icon in the Gulch sets the standard for hip, urban living with open loft-style floor plans, 10-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, walk-in closets and upgraded fixtures and finishes. Residents can relax at either the courtyard pool or gather at the larger pool terrace, with its colorful cabanas, grills and outdoor fireplace. An indoor club room features stylish decor with flat screen TVs, billiards and a fireplace, while fitness amenities include a cardio theater, as well as an aerobics studio and a smaller workout room.
Meanwhile, Bristol’s 1700 Midtown apartments feature a cool media lounge with billiards, a Zen-inspired garden, an eco-friendly “Green Room” for recycling, and a fitness studio with sky-bridge view.
And though many of these elements will be incorporated into Brentwood’s proposed complex, Hanchrow insists that Bristol Centerview will offer its own unique style.
“We are not cookie-cutter guys,” he says. “No two sites are alike, and we really thrive on the opportunity to be creative, while still being mindful of what’s right for this particular market and location.”
For now, the Bristol group would own and lease all of the apartment units, which would range in size from 567 to 1,548 square feet. The four-story project would include three interior courtyards, two swimming pools and a state-of-the-art fitness bridge connecting the two buildings.
Brentwood City Manager Mike Walker sees the Bristol Centerview project as an opportunity to “work with a reputable company to create energy within the community.”
“To have a successful mixed-use project, there has to be a residential component,” Walker says, noting that he has toured several Bristol developments. “But Bristol has a very successful track record in these kinds of projects. These are not your typical apartments. The amenities and finishes are nicer than what you would find in a lot of homes.
“For years, we’ve been hearing from residents who want a more traditional downtown in Brentwood,” he adds. “This is an opportunity make something happen.”