By BROOKE WANSER
Inside City Hall, residents of neighborhoods surrounding the proposed Colletta Park subdivision listened to a final presentation and voiced their concerns.
Developers for this project are hopeful that this neighborhood meeting will be the last.
Colletta Park, originally called Ashcroft Ridge, then Ashcroft Valley, has been voted down and brought back to the drawing board in several different iterations, most recently in August. The property is located south of Murfreesboro Road and north of South Carothers Road, just east of I-65, and is surrounded by unincorporated, county-owned land.
Greg Gamble of Gamble Design Collaborative conducted Wednesday night’s presentation. Gamble Designs Collaborative represents Land Solutions, a Nashville development company.
After re-working some aspects of the property, the developer is hoping to use 199 acres of the parcel to build 199 estates. To do so, the company is asking the city for a modification of the zoning ordinance. Instead of requiring them to build on one to five acre lots, the developer is requesting lot sizes which range from one-half acre to nearly two acres.
“I don’t understand why you would deviate from that,” one resident said. “It seems to be causing you more grief.”
Gamble explained that the rezoning was necessary due to the economics of the purchase of the land and building new roads through the community.
One woman whispered, “It’s all about the money.”
The houses built on the land will be extremely high-end, Gamble said, beginning at $550,000 and going up from there. The neighborhood will include an amenity center with a pool, splash pad, fitness center and meeting space for residents.
A promise that Cross Creek Drive will not be developed into a connection corridor seemed to assuage fears of connectivity. However, neighboring residents still expressed concerns about erosion due to construction.
Kevin Estes, the chief executive officer of Land Solutions, said the construction would not compromise the integrity of the land. He put to rest one neighbor’s fear, saying a diversion swell would likely be constructed to deal with runoff.
Developers will go before the planning commission on November 16. The next step, if all goes well, will be to attend a public hearing with the Board of Mayor and Aldermen on December 12.