Fogelman Proposal Blocks TraVure Vote by Madeline Faber

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The $90 million TraVure mixed-use development met a delayed vote from the Germantown Planning Commission for a third consecutive time, and developer Ray Gill has strong words for the officials.

“I’ve never in my career seen a public body do what they did last night,” said the Gill Properties principal.

The most recent delay came because of a last-minute application by Fogelman Investment Co. to build a road through its Westminster Townhomes development, 6755 Poplar Ave.

“I’m competing with Highwoods for tenants, and I’m competing with Boyle for tenants,” Gill said. “It hurts me. I’ve got proposals out. Time is money.”

Gill has been working for three years on the 10-acre development, which includes two Hilton hotels, a five-story office building, covered parking, restaurants and retail outlets. The property is between Poplar Avenue and Poplar Pike, just east of Kirby Parkway.

Gill said he made significant changes to comply with Germantown’s Smart Code rules. He also said he’s willing to work with Fogelman on configuring the traffic layout. “I think we’ll prevail, but these delays are unnecessary,” he added.

The Germantown Planning Commission board will revisit the plan Dec. 4.


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