Thompson’s Station leaders discuss ongoing issues with developers at Tuesday meeting


Thompson’s Station leaders discuss ongoing issues with developers at Tuesday meeting

Officials discussed several ongoing issues and lawsuits mainly dealing with local developers at Tuesday’s Thompson’s Station Board of Mayor and Alderman meeting.

Officials discussed several ongoing issues and lawsuits mainly dealing with local developers at Tuesday’s Thompson’s Station Board of Mayor and Alderman meeting.

Town Administrator Joe Cosentini spoke about complaints over the last few months regarding the condition of the roadways within the Bridgemore subdivision. In his report, Cosentini said it has been suggested that if the developer does not complete the necessary improvements in a timely manner, the town should consider calling the remaining bonds in the completed phases in order to fund the needed work.

“We have people in pain in those communities on various issues – a lot of those being developer-owned responsibilities, and we hear that every day,” Mayor Corey Napier added. “And I’ve personally reached a tipping point and as have most of my fellow citizens on pot holes and other infrastructure improvements. We’re in lawsuits with several of them, and I think that speaks to the fact that we’re seeing a lot of growth as a community.”

“And I speak for myself when I say I’m not going to get run over in Thompson’s Station by folks trying to bully their way through our town and not follow our rules and regulations. They can honor and they can respect us, and they can grow with us. I want you to look at accelerating the bonds and bringing the hammer down.”

Shepard followed the Mayor’s comments, adding that he agreed with everything that was said.

The suits discussed included:

  • A lawsuit filed against Thompson’s Station on June 28, 2015 by MBSC TN Homebuilder, the developer of Tollgate Village and Bridgemore Village, about which Alderman Graham Shepard issued a statement at the meeting. Shepard also asked town staff for an update on the prosecution of the violation of construction hours in that neighborhood. Cosentini said a hearing on the lawsuit was scheduled for Thursday and they would be filing then. The suit alleges that the town’s planning commission violated property rights after voting to reject a request to build residential townhomes in the front section of Tollgate. According to Shepard’s statement, MBSC had planned to build upscale commercial property in that section – “a major deviation from an agreed upon and long standing master site plan.”

According to Cosentini, the issue over the grading permit in Bridgemore primarily relates to the route being used by construction traffic to access the neighborhood.

  • A suit filed late last month by Shaw Enterprises, which purchased phase 5 of Bridgemore Village from MBSC last August for $4.5 million, against the town’s planning department for having “failed and refused to issue a grading permit.” On Jan. 29, a Williamson County Chancery Court judge issued a restraining order against the town in response to the petition by Shaw Enterprises. As a result of the restraining order, town staff are presently unable to take any action against the developer, according to Cosentini. Instead, they can only wait to make their case before Judge Michael W. Binkley at the initial hearing for the case on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 9 a.m.

Quint Qualls covers Spring Hill for Home Page Media Group. Reach him at quint@springhillhomepage.com.

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