Neighbors push back on Sylvan Park development plan

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Like many Nashville neighborhoods, Sylvan Park is booming, and like the other neighborhoods, there’s a clash between existing neighbors and developers.

The abandoned Madison Mill industrial site at Charlotte Avenue and 42nd Avenue North is being eyed as a site for a new apartment complex.

The plan, by Stonehenge Real Estate Group, calls for 400 units in two buildings on the 7.1 acre site. That comes out to about 56.3 units per acre.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

Neighbors are pushing back against the plan.

Metro Councilwoman Kathleen Murphy, who represents District 24 (including Sylvan Park), says the proposal doesn’t fit in with the Nashville Next plan being implemented by the city.

She said the development should blend in with the existing neighborhood.

The address for the site is 4101 Charlotte Avenue, but most of the land sits along 42nd Avenue North, which is the Sylvan Park neighborhood.

“We have to balance the needs of the neighborhood in Nashville with what development and progress is coming,” said Councilwoman Murphy.

Murphy said the vast majority of people who live in the area are opposed to the development as it’s currently proposed.

Cheryl Pickney, who’s lived in Sylvan Park since the 1980’s, is worried about the density of so many apartment units in one area.

“We think 400 rental homes is quite dense,” said Pickney. “And we’re concerned about the transition, or lack thereof, into our neighborhood.”

“It has everything to do with too many people in one place,” said Jeff Black, who lives right across the street from Madison Mill.

Shawn Henry, a land use attorney representing Stonehenge Real Estate Group, says the $80 million development means significant upgrades to the area.

The plan would replace the blighted industrial property with new apartments, green space and sidewalks, according to Henry.

“For people worried about their property value, having an obsolete and abandoned industrial site sit idle and remain on the property will have a greater tendency to retard surrounding property values than a new, fresh $80 million investment,” Henry said.

The Metro Planning Commission will vote on a recommendation for the plan next Thursday, December 14 at 4 p.m.

If approved, the Metro Council will have to approve the proposal.

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