Development Brings Changes To Cleveland Park Neighborhood

Posted at 5:35 PM, Sep 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-18 20:51:53-04

While some people are choosing to cash in on big offers from investors, others are refusing to leave the Cleveland Park neighborhood in Nashville.

Ernestine Crutcher said she used to be able to walk across the street to a grocery store. Now, tall and skinny homes stand in its place. 

"People come by and they say, 'Ew, that is an intrusion of the neighborhood, and it doesn't fit with the neighborhood, she said.

Crutcher said a grocery or convenience store has been near Lishcey Avenue and Douglas Avenue her entire life. She was told a donut or coffee shop might go in there instead.

"We were hoping that we would have a store built back because we had been promised that they would have a store put on that vacant lot over there for people in the community to go buy groceries for produce and stuff like that, but that didn't happen."

Crutcher's sister drives some of the elderly folks on her street to the grocery because there's no longer one in walking distance. She said most of her neighbors have sold their homes in the Cleveland Park area and moved away.

"One guy told me that he had $400,000 in his car and I said 'I don't think so' riding around with it?!" Crutcher said.

Despite big offers from investors, she's staying put. She said she's ready to keep fighting for her home.

"It's good for people moving in to Nashville, but it's taking away from the community."

Her concerns have been brought up in community meetings but nothing has been done.