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South Nashville Residents Fight Construction Project

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by Emily Luxen

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Residents in one Southeast Nashville neighborhood confronted the developers behind a construction project they say is never ending.

At a community meeting two years ago, developers promised a 44-acre property on Smith Springs Road would feature new homes, green space and a pond.  Residents said all they have seen since then is mounds of concrete and gravel.

"It makes you feel like you're living in a dump site," said resident James Mullins, "It used to be nature out here, now its just bulldozers banging all day long, all the time."

Mullins and others attended a community meeting Tuesday night at Una Church of Christ to get answers from the developers.  Several asked questions concerning when the project would be finished, and what exactly it entails.

Property Owner John Stevenson and Engineer Roy Dale answered questions in an effort to clarify the long term goals.  Dale said everything that has occurred on the property is permitted, and eventually it will feature commercial and industrial development.

"There is still a lot that needs to be done before this site will have a building on it," said Dale. "The main part is filling it in."

Dale said it could take five years for crews to get the ground level before building could begin.  Residents said they don't have that kind of patience.

"Do you want to buy my house?" said one woman. "I don't want to live in this rock quarry.  We are sick of looking at this every day."

District 29 Councilwoman Karen Johnson said she has heard plenty of feedback from frustrated residents. 

"This has definitely been a disruption in our community," said Johnson. "When you add dump trucks and construction and mud on the road, it causes a lot of problems."

Residents said they will keep fighting until the construction ends.

"People move here to retire," said resident Kim Mullins. "I just feel a little deceived because we were told one thing and now it's a landfill."

The Metro Planning Department confirms the property is zoned for industrial and commercial use with a small portion for residential. 

There are no city guidelines as to when construction has to start. 

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