Nashville 2018: West Nashville residents fighting against towering new development

Nashville 2019

A battle is brewing in West Nashville over a proposed development that would allow for a building towering over most everything nearby.  

The development would stand at 3415 Murphy Road, where a bank currently sits.  

In the bank’s stead, would go a 16 story, 207-foot-tall office/hotel combo. 

This mixed-use property though has mixed reviews out west.  

“It’s dramatically bigger than the next biggest building,” noted Jim Kelley, who lives nearby. “And then double the size of most of the rest of them.” 

Kelly is on the board of the Richland West End Neighborhood Association, a group that has come out against the plan.  

“We’re not against the development of the property, if they built a building that conforms to the existing zoning, we would welcome it.” 

Jim is not alone. His neighborhood is joined by Hillsboro-West End Neighborhood Association and Sylvan Park Neighborhood Association in opposition.  

Their concerns have made their way to council members.  

“There’s existing zoning on this property, to allow something that I believe goes up to 10 or 12 stories,” explained Council-member Kathleen Murphy, who represents District 24. “But what the developer is asking for is way above that, it is just too much.” 

The problem is, it’s not Murphy’s district.  

The plot of land lies basically right smack in the middle of districts 21, 24, and 18.  

Council-member Burkley Allen, of district 18, believes the project will be opposed by neighbors unless it is scaled back.  

The proposal though lies in 21, Ed Kindall’s district.  

Kindall did not respond to News 2 Friday but has previously said he is ‘looking forward to continued dialogue from the community and developers.’ 

“This project, by their estimate, will add what traffic engineers call 4300 trips a day,” Jim Kelley said. 

“Hopefully, other council members will understand the impact of this project, and how it’s just out of scale for this area,” added Kathleen Murphy.  

The developer for the project, GBT Realty, declined comment for the story.  

The proposal has passed through the planning commission. It is set for a public hearing, at Metro Council’s meeting on Dec. 4. 

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