And more retail may soon be on the way. The owners of the River Hill Garden Center have filed a rezoning application to allow it to redevelop the property as a shopping center. The garden center is currently operating as a non-conforming use on land zoned R-20 which allows for two residential units per acre. They are seeking a change to B-1. The owners are arguing that everything else along this stretch of the road is already zoned B-1 or B-2.
Down the road and across the street, six development teams are vying for the right to redevelop the county owned former Gateway School which sits on approximately 8 acres along Clarksville Pike. A citizen’s advisory committee has reviewed development proposals that call for a mix of office, residential and retail space. The six teams are Holland Properties, Clarksville Development Group (Kirk Halpin, Focal Development, Kinsley Construction and Corridor Reznick), Security Development, Kimco, George Stone and a joint venture of JPB Enterprises and Roadside Development. The advisory committee is made up of Susan Smith, Mitch Caplan, Jacqueline Easley, Anne Stuart, Barry Curtis, Susan Goldberg, Roger Jones, Mohammad Saleem, Michael McGarvey, Steven Sass and John Connolly.
The committee will be making a recommendation this fall on which team to move forward with.