Franklin - Brentwood Edition - March 2020

FRANKLIN BRENTWOOD EDITION

VOLUME 2, ISSUE 1  MARCH 23APRIL 26, 2020

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SENIOR LIVING GUIDE 2020

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IMPACTS

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The hotel industry in Williamson County continues to expand. Five hotels are expected to open this year, and even more are in the planning process.

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Even as growth and development spread ever-out- ward in Williamson County, one rural tract of land in Brentwood will stay undisturbed for future generations. The Brentwood City Commission voted unani- mously March 9 to approve the purchase of 52 acres of the 90-acre Windy Hill Farm, located near Old Smyrna Road, a historic corridor in the area. The city will buy the land at its appraised value of $100,000 per acre, for a total of $5.2 million, and convert the land into Windy Hill Park, preventing the area from being turned into an additional neighborhood. “This is a signicant action by the city,” City Manager Kirk Bednar said. “If this property wasn’t purchased today, it goes away. It would be a subdi- vision, and it just leads to a continuation of that type of development. So this is an important step for the CONTINUED ON 18 The city will purchase a portion of the 90-acre farm. (Courtesy city of Brentwood) Brentwoodapproves $5.2Mfor newpark Windy Hill Farm to be preserved, halting future development BY WENDY STURGES

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The Harpeth Hotel, located in Harpeth Square in downtown Franklin, is one of the newest hotels to open in Williamson County; however, local experts said several more are planned for the area. (Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newspaper)

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