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Metro Denies Lipscomb Request To Expand

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Lipscomb University has been experiencing growing pains as homeowners living in the surrounding neighborhood complain the school has gotten too big, too fast.

With record enrollment for the past several years, school officials said Lipscomb simply needs to expand Neighbors west of Belmont Boulevard said if that happens on their side of the street it will change the warmth and charm of their neighborhood.

The school wants to turn the Parkwood Terrace Apartments that it's owned for years into office space for staff. The problem is that the building sits on the west side of Belmont Boulevard, where residents say the university had previously promised it would steer clear of.

"We've had a good relationship with our neighbors over the years. We don't always agree but we've been able to work it out in the past and we're pretty confident we'll be able to do that in the future as well," said Phil Ellenburg, General Council for Lipscomb.

On Thursday, the Metro Planning Commission voted against the school's request to renovate Parkwood Terrace. University officials said they will have to go back to the drawing board to create a more feasible concept for expansion.

Lipscomb also owns several residential properties in the area but are not looking to modify any of those.

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