Nashville’s growth spreads to Murfreesboro Road

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – An area long known as less desirable is now bearing the fruit of the Nashville’s unprecedented growth.

Murfreesboro Road from downtown to where it crosses under Interstate 24 is changing daily. You can see new homes where none has been built since the 1950s along Polk Avenue.

“We felt this area was centrally located,” said realtor Scott Lynch who is working with developer New Day Homes. “Everyone seems to be making a concentrated effort to get inside the loop to be closer to work and not get on the interstate.”

Less than a mile away, Trevecca Nazarene University has gotten into the condo and apartment building business to help spruce up the image around its campus, but its become more than that.

“We really thought if we could have a neighborhood around the school where people could walk to and from campus, it would be the last piece we are lacking,” said the school’s chief financial officer Dave Caldwell.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

He told of the condos selling out to about half of the Trevecca community, and the rest to people looking to cut their downtown commutes and stay off of crowded freeways.

Perhaps the biggest signal that the neighborhood was changing came when the Metro Nashville Police Department decided to relocate its headquarters to the former location of an abandoned car dealership near the intersection of Murfreesboro and Fesslers Lane.

Noisy blasting twice daily that has rumbled the ground for much of the last month has not dampened the enthusiasm of longtime Murfreesboro Road businessman Bobby Joslin for the area’s new development.

“It felt like a 747 had landed on our business,” laughed Joslin about the MNPD blasting which just finished this week. “But its a small price to pay for progress.”