Elderly Homeowner Fears Losing Property As Developers Move In

Posted at 9:26 PM, Nov 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-22 22:34:54-05

For the last 40 years Jessie Teasley has lived in her home on Monticello Street. With great views of the downtown skyline it was nearly inevitable, sooner or later developers would find it.

"Then they started building houses, one here one there, scattering them and now they're filling in as you say," said Teasley. 

A few years ago builders did find her neck of the woods now Teasley believes her property is what's stopping the subdivision from continuing down the road. She said she's not going anywhere. "I refuse to, and they're trying to take it. They've been trying to take it for four years," she said. 

When large equipment was brought in to make way for new sidewalks and paved roads Teasley said the foundation of her house began to crumble, keeping up with the cost to fix it is nearly impossible since she was dropped from her insurance. 

"If that happens then they can condemn it, then they want to take it away and they can do what they want to with it," said Teasley. 

A spokesperson with MDHA said the land near Teasley's property was sold to developers who agreed to build affordable housing, right now those developers are not looking to acquire any more land to build on.

It's great news for Teasley, although it may fall on deaf ears for now, as she worries what the future may hold for an elderly homeowner in Nashville. "I just want to say help me please and help all the other people that are my age and in the position that I'm in, help us please," said Teasley.