A small piece of property located in south Nashville is causing a big uproar between neighbors and a city councilman.
Currently, the lot located just off Nolensville Pike, near the Glencliff neighborhood, is zoned for residential purposes. The piece of land is owned and used by Tire Recappers.
Councilman Tony Tenpenny wants to rezone the land for it to be used as parking and storage for the tire company.
“What we're trying to do here is lift up a piece of property for the last 50 years that's been a catch all and dump,” he explained.
Despite not wanting the land to be rezoned, many nearby residents agree that the lot is a problem.
“Every time I drive by, I have an archive of photos that I could probably make a book at some point of the traffic congestion,” Glencliff resident Austin Gros said. “It's really bad.”
In an artist rendering provided to Nashville's News 2 by Tenpenny, his proposed re-zoning plan puts a barrier wall in place, along with a paved lot, storage shed and landscaping.
“It's a transitional buffer and with a transitional buffer; it stops right here,” he said.
Glencliff area residents who also spoke with Nashville's News 2 are convinced that once the property is no longer residential, efforts to rezone will not stop.
“Is it friendship allegiance? Is there something else here? We don't know. All we know is most of the voices we speak with say no, they're against this,” resident Ben Smith said.
Last December, the Metro planning commission disapproved of the zoning change for the plot of land by a 9-0 vote.
“I thought it was squashed. I thought it would have been squashed. I thought well, okay, the planning commission is against it, surely they'll see, Councilman Tenpenny will see, and that didn't happen,” Glencliff area resident Mike Freeman said.
Councilman Tenpenny vows he knows what's best for his district.
“I disagree with the planning commission. And us, as council members, I've been here 50 years. This is where I grew up. I'm not going to let anything happen to this neighborhood that's going to hurt it. Not at all,” he said.
The ordinance is on its third reading. It was deferred during the last council meeting, but is expected to be on the August agenda.
Neighbors said they will continue to fight it.