Court of Appeals hears Green Hills Neighborhood Association’s lawsuit against high-rise developer

Rending of 17-story tower

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Court of Appeals heard a case Thursday brought by the Green Hills Neighborhood Association against Southern Land Company and the Metro Planning Commission.

The lawsuit is focused on a controversial 17-story tower planned for the corner of Richard Jones Road and Hillsboro Pike.

The Green Hills Neighborhood Association is concerned the high-rise will cause congestion in the area.
The Green Hills Neighborhood Association is concerned the high-rise will cause congestion in the area.

The neighborhood association first filed the lawsuit after expressing concern over congestion and traffic they say would accompany the new development.

In July, a Davidson County Chancery Court ruled on behalf of Southern Land Company and construction began that same month.

In August, the Green Hills Neighborhood Association appealed the Chancery Court decision, and it was that appeal that was heard Thursday.

The neighborhood association contends that it was not allowed to give input before the Metro Planning Commission approved the project initially.

Peter Curry, attorney for the association, said, “My clients feel that they never really had their side of this heard by the planning commission. We just want them to have a meeting where the public can attend it and discuss it.”

Rending of 17-story tower
Rending of 17-story tower

Brook Fox, with the Metro Nashville Law Department, said the Metro Planning Commission followed proper procedure in approving the building.

Meanwhile, the day before Thanksgiving, Southern Land halted construction on the $100 million project which will include residential, office, and retail space.

While not legally obligated to pause the project, Southern Land said in December they will resume construction pending the outcome of the hearing.

Southern Land executive Michael McNally told News 2 Thursday, “We are currently evaluating the construction timeline with our team but do not have a firm date at this time.”

The Court of Appeals is not expected to rule on the case for one to two months. Construction on the project remains halted at this time.

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