The Clarksville City Council has approved the first of two readings necessary to change zoning ordinances that will allow for the construction of hundreds of apartments just east of I-24 and south of Highway 76.
The approval was made at the Thursday, Oct. 3 meeting of the council.
Upon consideration of another development on Bellamy Lane, in the St. Bethlehem neighborhood, more than 70 units will be built if the measure passes its second reading next month.
Proposed Sango development
The Bristol Ridge apartments, planned near Exit 11, will include 878 units of single family and multi-family units, as well as commercial development.
The property, located on Hwy. 76, is east of I-24 and across from the Boyd Pumpkin Patch and farm.
Jeff Tyndall, with the Clarksville-Montgomery County Regional Planning Commission, said the land is a smaller portion of the acreage recently annexed into the city.
Tyndall told council members at its Sept. 26 executive meeting that infrastructure improvements in the immediate area will likely be forthcoming.
“Because of its sheer scale and size, as the apartments, single family homes and commercial property become developed, turning lanes, deceleration lanes and shoulder improvements will be made,” Tyndall said.
A traffic signal at South Gateway Plaza Boulevard will be the primary access for the development, according to Tyndall.
Keith Boyd, whose family owns the farm directly across from the proposed development, told council members Thursday that he’s not opposed to the construction of single-family homes and businesses that he said is in keeping of its current identity. He is, however, opposed to apartments being built there.
“We are a community of single homes and farms and we are hoping you’ll respect that fact,” Boyd said. “We ask that you not allow this project to destroy our community’s identity.”
Council member Stacey Streetman, of Ward 10 where the planned development is located, said Bill Belew, the owner of the land, said the apartments will be gated and will rent for close to $1,300 a month apiece.
“There will be a walking path located there,” Streetman said. “Mr. Belew said he will build the apartments prior to building the houses.”
She said the plans will only benefit the growth to Clarksville and urged her fellow council members to approve the zoning change.
Council member Tim Chandler questioned with 800 plus apartments on the drawing board, what other items will be planned for the development.
“My biggest concern with all of it is the fire service,” Chandler said. “We’re just not ready for something this big. I voted against the annexation and I would be a hypocrite if I came in here and voted to approve this.”
The first reading passed 12-1 with Chandler voting no.
Proposed Bellamy Lane development
There is a 6.2-acre piece of agricultural zoned property on Bellamy Lane, just off Warfield Boulevard and Ted Crozier Sr. Boulevard, that could be rezoned for single family and multi-family use.
There are about 30 homes currently on Bellamy Lane, which is also the location of the St. Bethlehem Civitan Park and Ballfields.
Stanley Ross, representing Reach Holdings, LLC. said that several single-family new homes will front Bellamy Lane, with apartments planned behind those homes.
“It would total around 70 apartments for the entire project,” Ross said.
Marty Harrison, who lives to the rear of Bellamy Lane, said he’s concerned the apartments will devalue the properties already located there.
Harrison said he’s also worried about how the water pressure and traffic in and out of the area will be affected, especially with the expansion of Civitan Park.
Darrell Jones, who lives adjacent to the proposed property, said he had concerns with safety and also with the amount of traffic flow that will increase with the construction of additional homes and apartments in an area that is currently without sidewalks, street lights and speedbumps.
“We have to walk in the street,” Jones said. “Cars travel 35 to 40 miles-an-hour up and down that street all day long.”
The first reading changing the zoning ordinance passed 7-6.
The second readings of both ordinances are scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 7.