Brooks Calls Neighborhood Meeting

Neighbors of Garth Brooks are gathering tonight in a church outside Nashville to hear details of a project that would turn the singer’s Goodlettsville, Tenn., home into a tourist attraction. “We want to give them some insight into what we’re thinking, but we’re not going to have a gelled plan until we know what their feedback is,” Brooks’ attorney, Bob Langford, said Tuesday (Aug. 15). Brooks will not attend the meeting, but instead will be represented by his attorney and members of his management team. “He did not want his celebrity or who he was in any way sway the meeting,” Langford said. “He wanted it to be a frank and honest discussion.” Brooks and his wife, Sandy, are hoping to open the property they call “Blue Rose Estate” to curious fans if they win the neighborhood’s approval. The project would not be as massive as Dolly Parton’s Dollywood or Conway Twitty’s Twitty City. “We are looking for it to be more along the lines of capturing the great 10 years that Garth and Sandy were living in that home while the record sales and performances were going over the top,” his attorney said. Even if the neighbors go along with Brooks’ plan, it still must pass the city’s planning commission. The approval process, which includes public hearings, could take up to 90 days. Where Brooks and crew will live if the project becomes reality hasn’t been decided yet. The couple is building a second home on property adjacent to the 20-acre tract that houses their current home and barn. The family also owns property in Brooks’ native Oklahoma. “I’m confident on the conversations I’ve had with him that he intends to maintain a primary residence in Goodlettsville,” Langford said.