East Nashville Musician Gets To Rebuild Fire-Damaged Home

Posted at 8:58 PM, Nov 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-16 15:11:03-05

A local musician gets his wish to have his East Nashville home damaged by a fire rebuilt after months of pleading with city leaders.

On Wednesday, Historic Zoning Commissioners voted 3-2 in favor of Todd Austin's request.

An electrical fire damaged part of his home on Forrest Avenue in June.

After review, Metro Historic Zoning Commission staff recommended to disapproval of Austin's request to have his home demolished because part of it could be saved. The home is located in a historic overlay district which looks to preserve the character of the neighborhood.

Controversy circulated after the recommendation because Austin claimed it would cost him more to save and rebuild his home instead of demolishing and rebuilding a replica.

More than 10,000 people signed an online petition to try to persuade commissioners to vote in favor of the musician who is known as "Toddzilla."

While it's unclear the petition was part of a reason why Austin got the resolution he wanted, his application was approved by default after 'no action' was taken in Wednesday's meeting and 30 days had passed since he applied.

The department has already issued the permit for demolition of the home.