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Some in Greenbrier split on future of possible crematory site

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Residents are concerned about the proposed crematory. (WSMV) Residents are concerned about the proposed crematory. (WSMV)
GREENBRIER, TN (WSMV) -

What could be headed into a building in Greenbrier's commercial district has a city split.

Some claim it'd be bad for surrounding homes. The owner argues that's just not true, and he could be stuck making payments on a building he can't use.

Both sides say they just want what's best for the city.

"This city's full of good people," said Brandon Frank of Brandon Frank Construction. "Some of the best people you'll ever meet live here."

A lifelong resident of this city, Frank said he wants to beautify Greenbrier with his company's custom farm-style homes.

He said he's concerned what will happen to his city if a crematory goes in on Highway 41 South.

"It's right in the middle of our city," said Frank. "We don't have a grocery store or chain restaurants. Our city leaders are trying to get that. We don't need anything to hurt that. We need to go in a positive direction. We don't have amenities to offer people trying to buy $400,000, $500,000 or $600,000 houses."

Frank believes with so little through the area now, a crematory would create a stigma and hurt the homes close to it.

"Anything to do with death isn't good for property values," he said. "We all have to deal with it someday, but you don't want it in your front yard. I like to see the city take steps in the right direction. I'm not against the crematory. I want to see the man's business do good. I'm just against the timing and the location. If it were in a bigger, more established city where it could disappear into the background, I think it'd be a lot better.

"You see no smoke," said Phillip Odom of TLC Mortuary Services. "At no point would anybody in that town ever see a body come in to that facility or leave that facility."

Odom bought the property that was previously Potting Shed. He wants to move his TLC Mortuary Services there.

The Greenbrier city superintendent told News 4 the property was zoned for a crematory when Odom first approached the city, though it's not now.

"We had already applied for what we wanted to put in the building, so that grandfathered us in," said Odom. "We can't be sitting up there making payments on a property you can't do anything with."

The Planning and Zoning Board last month claimed the site plan didn't meet requirements. Concerns cited included fencing and parking. Odom said he's ready to comply with whatever the city asks, and he doesn't believe a lack of chain restaurants or grocery stores should effect his business.

"You would think you'd have more business come there at a time," said Odom. "Property values have never dropped in Nashville, Tennessee, and there are 13 crematories in Davidson County."

Two sides weighing in, the future of the site will go in front of the board of mayor and aldermen at a meeting Monday night.

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