By SUSAN LEATHERS

Brentwood Home Page

With Monday night’s approval of the Marcella Vivrette Smith Park master plan designed by Gresham Smith and Partners, city residents are asking: What’s next? We asked assistant city manager Kirk Bednar that very question, along with a few more. Here’s what we learned:

By SUSAN LEATHERS

Brentwood Home Page

With Monday night’s approval of the Marcella Vivrette Smith Park master plan designed by Gresham Smith and Partners, city residents are asking: What’s next? We asked assistant city manager Kirk Bednar that very question, along with a few more. Here’s what we learned:

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What is Gresham Smith and Partners’ role now that the plan is approved? Will it remain a consultant throughout the process?

Staff is currently in the beginning stages of negotiating design contracts with Gresham Smith and Centric Architecture for the work required to implement Phase 1 of the master plan.  No final scope of work or cost has been determined at this point.  We hope to have these contracts ready for city commission consideration by the end of October.

What is the timeframe to develop the park, now that the master plan is approved?

Once engineering and architectural design contracts have been approved, work will begin immediately.  Given the time needed to design the entrance road and railroad bridge and the time to get approvals from TDEC (Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation), TDOT (Tennessee Department of Transportation) and CSX (Railroad), it is likely that actual construction work wouldn’t begin until late spring of 2012.  Work on the (historic Ravenswood) house renovation may start a little sooner than that.

With Split Log Road identified as the preferable location for the park’s entrance, what’s required to get that approved?  

We have to complete all required survey work first before the engineers can begin design of the entrance road.  This survey work will determine the exact location of the stream channel in the vicinity of the road.  The engineers will then prepare detailed road plans and options for mitigating the impact of the road on the stream.  We will then meet with TDEC to review the plans.

We understand there are concerns with a Little Harpeth tributary that’s located nearby.

What will need to be approved by TDEC? And what is the timeline on that approval? 

The main issue with TDEC will be the impact of the road on the stream located just west of Wilson Pike near Split Log Road.  It is too early to guess on a timeline for this TDEC review and approval.

What is the status of the traffic count and study at the Split Log Road and Wilson Pike intersection needed to, hopefully, get a stoplight there?

 The traffic counts were conducted about a week ago.  We are expecting a report from (the city’s traffic engineering firm) RPM within the next week or so. 

 The design of the bridge that will be constructed to get traffic across the CSX railroad tracks garnered much interest and discussion at the various public and community meetings held. How will that process be undertaken and who makes the final design decision?

The exact process for deciding the aesthetic part of the bridge is still to be determined, but ultimately, it will be the city commission that will make the final decision.

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