Antioch sees new growth, less crime as area is revitalized

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Antioch continues to grow and draw businesses to their south Nashville community, and police say crime is down in one of the focus areas.

Alma Sanford told News 2 she has lived in Antioch for 15 years, saying it’s growing in ways you might now know.

“Our last mayor spent over 50 million dollars in our community. We have a new library, a new community center, two new schools, two new fire stations—you name it, we now have it,” Sanford explained.

She’s part of a group called Crossings Nashville Action Partnership, whose goal is to help businesses in the area grow and also bring in new ones.

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“Every month we have the commander of the South Precinct come and meet with us and give us a safety report,” Sanford said.

And Commander Paul Trickey says that report is looking good.

“If you look down to the Global Mall area, we are seeing a reduction in crime in that area. There is such a revitalization of that area specifically,” he told News 2.

Trickey says calls for service are down from 196 to 147 year to date, and right now south Nashville has around 120 neighborhood watch groups.

“I happen to live in district 33, which is the second safest in the city of Nashville, and that’s true with many of our districts. Although people tell a different story, this is the real story the statistics prove it,” Sanford said.

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James Derrick and his family have lived there for eight years, saying it’s a great place to raise their young daughter.

He told News 2 he likes where that part of town is headed.

“It has become more diversified, in a great way. Housing prices are going up. It seems like crime is dropping, so that’s good,” Derrick explained.

Ben Freeland opened a business in Antioch in 2008 and has taken a lot of interest in the area.

“From neighborhood clean up to organizing parties, we have done one of the largest night outs against crime a few years back, which has splintered into a lot of other groups, and I think that’s where it gets powerful,” he said.

People who live in Antioch and south Nashville boast about the revitalization of the area.

Last year, the parks department purchased a 600-acre farm that will be turned into a nature center park.

There is also the Ford Ice Center, Southeast Community Center, and large developments planned for the Global Mall area.

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