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Neighbors In The Nations Want Progress Without Problems

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by Chris Cannon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Nations neighborhood in Nashville is changing, and neighbors there welcome the progress, but are wary of the problems that can come with it.

The area of West Nashville is bordered by Interstate 40, Morrow Road to the west and 44th Avenue to the east, and Centennial Boulevard. The neighborhood's proximity to downtown, and it's relative affordability, have made it a housing hot spot.

"A lot of just young professionals moving in, young families moving in," explained Jeremy Jeter, president of the Nations Neighborhood Association.

Recently, builders have been demolishing older homes and building one or two new homes, with higher price points on the land. Developers have taken notice of area's popularity.

"So now it's kind of lets look at this old industrial land, and all this old commercial land, and let's see if we can't convert it back to residential," said Jeter.

Tuesday night, three developers went before members of the neighborhood association to explain their proposals for the area.

One developer has proposed building 63 single family homes on a vacant 5.5 acre lot at 60th Avenue and Morrow Road.

Next to that property, another developer would like to build 163 town homes on property that now houses the Nashville Lumber Company.

Another developer would like to build a Dollar General and other retail space at the intersection of 51st Avenue and Centennial Boulevard.

Those plans did come under scrutiny from several residents who attended the meeting.

"These are geared for people making 45 to 60,000 a year," said Bill Hostettler from HND Realty, the town home developer. "But we don't want that," said a resident. "Ok, I'm happy leaving it a lumber yard," Hostettler responded.

The developer proposing the Dollar General store also faced questions from several members of the association. Many people are concerned about bringing the store to The Nations.

"We would rather have a higher end retail development. If we has to have retail, we want a higher end retail development," said a member of the audience.

Residents know that progress and growth is inevitable in The Nations, and they are concerned if they are not careful, that progress could cause problems in the future.

"Our neighborhood is what's really important, and we need to upgrade, not just stay on status quo. This has been the ghetto for God knows how many years," said a man who has lived in the area all his life.

The proposals made to the neighborhood association have just started the approval process with Metro Government.


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