This blog post is hereby retracted. I came into some significant information that alters the facts enough for a retraction. The new version is found here. I apologize for relying on the Secretary of State website for the ownership of the firm, and for relying on the Facebook page of the business of Alderman Gibson for characterizing her new position with the firm as a "merger".
The Firm (is this name a nod to the John Grisham book?) is a Germantown real estate company owned by Elizabeth Duke, the wife of John Duke. (The ownership is verified by the Tennessee Secretary of State website.) John Duke is the developer of the Wilder project (72 homes) next to Forest Hill Elementary School. The Firm currently has listings in Collierville and Germantown. The Firm undoubtedly stands to earn substantial brokerage fees from the Wilder project.
1. In March of 2018, against the vehement objections of the neighborhood, Alderman Gibson voted twice in favor of an ordinance rezoning the Duke property from estate-sized lots to residential. The required third vote was postponed twice for legal reasons related to a covenant on the property that had not been filed with Shelby County, but had been read into the minutes of a 2006 BMA meeting. Eventually, after the neighbors retained counsel, a compromise was reached between the neighbors and Duke on the number of homes to be built on the property.
Here are some past blog posts on the issue:
|Clear cutting of Wilder Project|
The City administration, once again, allowed the Design Review Commission to break our City Ordinance on the tree mitigation fee. According to the ordinance, an arborist report is required for a fee reduction, and I can assure you there was no arborist report showing that Wilder development owed $00.00.
From the Commercial Appeal
Here is the audio of the meeting:
May 25 Design Review Commission meeting