In a unanimous vote, H.G. Hill Realty Company received approval Monday evening from the City of Brentwood Commissioners to rezone the combined properties that include the former Murray Ohio and the former Tennessee Baptist Convention headquarters sites from its current C-1 zoning to C-2.

The approval paves the way for the company to move forward with development plans for Hill Center Brentwood, an expansion of the current center, which will include a mix of restaurant and retail in addition to Class A office space.

In May, the company announced that Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, a Top 50 U.S. Accounting and Business Consulting firm and the largest regional firm based in Tennessee, will serve as anchor office tenant, occupying approximately 65,000 square feet of a building that will sit at the southeast corner of Franklin Road and Maryland Way – one of city’s most visible corners.

The approval follows months of community and public meetings hosted by the company and the city. Neighbors and community members took an active role in sharing their requests that helped shape the plans presented to the City Commission and Planning Commission. The majority of participants requested a certain type of quality development that includes restaurant and retail, as well as greenspace, a connector road and overall area road improvements.

In a statement before the Commissioners, H. G. Hill Realty CEO Jimmy Granbery expressed his thanks to Commissioners and the community for embracing the plan:

“While this has been a very long and arduous process, we feel the time was well spent in meeting with the community and learning more about what they want to see in this new gateway to Maryland Farms and we are excited to begin the next phase working with the Planning Commission on the final details. As we move forward, be assured that you – and the community – will be kept apprised of each and every step along the way. Again, on behalf of our company and entire team, we thank you for this vote of confidence. We truly look forward to creating a sense of place that the entire community can enjoy and be proud of.”

The company will submit a detailed site plan for review to the Planning Commission by Sept. 2.