The Planning Commission voted not to approve the proposed four-story Fairfield Inn on Brown's Lane.
This isn't the end of the fight for the residents. The city council could override the Planning Board and approve the construction.
Such an addition definitely would not enhance the Brown's Lane neighborhoods and would mean safety, traffic, light and noise concerns for nearby homeowners.
Many residents in the areas served by the two-lane Brown's Lane have lived in their homes for many years. The city fathers should look for a lower profile use for this parcel which would not negatively affect property values.
The Cottages are currently snapped up at prices averaging over $1 million dollars. A recent tax assessment increase reflects this. Added noise, light, traffic pollution etc. will certainly affect future purchasers as well as residents' safety concerns. The Brown's Lane area is currently one of higher dollar subdivisions contributing to Gallatin's tax base.
We are mostly older citizens moving down from larger properties, transients in such close proximity present safety concerns. Fairfield is one of Marriott BonVoy's lowest end properties. Here in The Cottages there are a number of elderly people living alone with concerns for safety where non-residents are in a position to monitor our comings and goings.
There is only one access to the proposed site and traffic flow, which is already a problem, as the road services several sub-divisions as well as being the "back door" to Fairview Plantation. This would most certainly, require widening of Brown's Lane with all the headaches accompanying the project as well as loss of the ambiance and privacy of the current two-lane access.
A substantial amount of wildlife is trapped in the shrinking habitat between Old Hickory Lake and the highway. This would further shrink their habitat causing animals to do significant damage to homes, lawns and golf courses.
While the claim has been made that the existing tree line will remain intact, these are mature trees and will be subject to future problems requiring removal. Most are deciduous and lose their leaves in autumn, so the barrier would be ineffective for six months of the year.
Once height variances are granted, this becomes a slippery slope. The blasting required to even slightly lower the profile of the building would shake up the neighborhood and cause multiple utility problems.
There are already several hotels on this side of Gallatin, why not locate one further east?