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Planning Commission Approves Massive Demonbreun Hill Development

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Posted at 9:18 PM, Jun 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-09 02:18:17-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn - The latest trend in developing Nashville appears to be building upward near Music Row.

The number of projects slated for Demonbreun and Midtown even overwhelmed some members of the Metro Planning Commission who are in charge of approving the projects.

At Thursday's Planning Commission meeting, developers made their case for approval of a massive project near the Music Row Roundabout.

It will include housing, retail, office space and a hotel.

Developers said the project will take 15 to 20 years to complete. But one of the first phases will include an urban grocery store.

Members of the planning commission approved the project but only if it includes the grocery store.

While there is a lot of excitement about that, neighbors in the nearby Rhythm building are worried about the mess it will make out of traffic and what they stand to lose.

"Our property values will diminish while the developer will make millions," said Rhythm resident Karyn Fuller. Who in their right mind would want a condo that looks directly into a hotel room?"

Developers said there are some long-term leases on the properties along Demonbreun and 16th Ave South that need to expire before much of the project can go forward.

They hope to begin the part with the grocery store within the next two years.