Murfreesboro neighbors oppose new Goodwill store

Murfreesboro neighbors oppose new Goodwill store (Image 1)

Neighbors in one Murfreesboro subdivision do not like the idea of a proposed store moving in next door.

Plans are set for a Goodwill center to open on South Church Street next to the Indian Hills subdivision.

Neighbors told the city planning commission the store would add truck noise and decrease property values.

On Monday, Nashville's News 2 spoke with Sammy Davis and his wife, who live in a house that would be directly behind the center.

“What happens when people come to drop things off and they're not open?” asked Davis, adding, “I've seen things accumulate.”

Goodwill executives said they hope to put neighbors' fears to rest.

“I think they'll find that we're going to be a good neighbor to them and we're going to be as sensitive as anybody is going to be,” said David Lifsey, president and CEO of Goodwill of Middle Tennessee.
Goodwill officials said they have promised buffers to reduce noise, including an eight foot fence and rows of trees or bushes and that deliveries and pick-ups will be limited to two times per day during business hours. .

Rezoning was approved by a 3-to-1 vote.

The city council will next consider the request.

If the plan is approved, groundbreaking scheduled for August.

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