On Oct. 11, the Bartlett city board approved Phase 2 of a development stalled since 2008, first by a tanked economy and later by different visions for completing the project. This year, neighbors objected to the possibility of rental units and questioned the appearance standards until getting reassurances from the developer, who agreed to new requirements.
The board unanimously approved the second phase of Brunswick Village at Wolfchase.
Kim Taylor, Bartlett’s deputy director of planning, summarized the project’s 11-year history since first approval: Shelby County originally approved the development in 2005, and it was annexed into Bartlett later that year. The city approved the final plans and construction plans. The project had two phases, with the first being 48 single-family homes and the second being 66 attached quad units. In 2008 when the economic downturn hit, the applicant owner asked the city to remove the quads from the plan, but infrastructure was already in place. New owners in the spring of 2016 asked that the quads be reinstated with some plan amendments.
The board approved with some changes to accommodate the concerns of neighborhood residents: The intent is to sell the quads, but if they don’t all sell, only 25 percent of the units built can be rented. Other issues—such as upkeep of grounds, buildings and landscaping—have been resolved.
Mayor Keith McDonald was absent for the meeting.
The board also recognized the work of Bartlett resident Mick Wright, who raised $530 toward the Bartlett First Responders Monument by operating his own sponsored one-man run. Alderman Emily Elliott said he serves on the ad-hoc committee that is coordinating fundraising and community awareness of the First Responders Monument project in the city.
“He decided a couple of months ago in honor of the 150th-year anniversary of the city of Bartlett that he would run 150 miles, and asked for donations to support his mileage that he ran,” she said. “And he did this in the hottest two months in west Tennessee.”
He ended his trek at the Judge Freeman Marr Panther Pride 5K Celebration on Oct. 1.
“I did this just to raise some awareness of the monument and the need that we have to raise money for it,” Wright said. “… If I can run 150 miles, you can do something.”
He said the committee is also selling 2017 wall calendars with images of first responders on it. They are $10 and are available on the group’s Facebook page at facebook.com/BartlettFirstResponders.
The board also:
- Passed a resolution to accept a $4,792 grant for bulletproof vests from the U.S. Department of Justice Fiscal Year 2017 Programs.
- Accepted the lowest bid for two Ford Explorers for the Bartlett Fire Department. The bid went to AutoNation Ford of Memphis at a cost of $29,157.72 each.
- Approved the water contract for Pizza Social. The developer, J.J. Brothers LLC, will pay $6,530.40 in city fees. The bond is set at $14,710.
- Approved a special event permit for the Donate Life 5K Run to be held in memory of Ashlyn Elizabeth Perritt. It will be 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 22 at Faith Baptist Church.
- Authorized the auction of 16 items of surplus property. They will be auctioned on GovDeals.com.
- Amended the Bartlett Villa subdivision contract to change the developer’s name from Diversified Partners to Bartlett & Stage as approved at the Sept. 27 meeting.
- Accepted the presentation of the report on the debt obligation form related to general obligation refunding and improvement bonds, Series 2016. The form reflects the $6,550,000 bond approved on Aug. 9.
Written by Carolyn Bahm, Express editor. Contact her at (901) 433-9138 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.