Metro proposes a land exchange with a developer for the expansion of the park | Pith in the wind

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Metro plans to swap properties with a local builder with the goal of eventually expanding Centennial Dog Park.

Following approval of a rezoning of properties at 3138 and 3140 Parthenon Ave., Metro Parks plans to exchange the property at 3140 for an equal sized property at 3136 Parthenon Ave.

The rezoning application, proposed by Metro Board Member Brandon Taylor, seeks to rezone the two properties owned by Metro Parks so that 3140 Parthenon Ave. be the same size as the 0.26 acre 3136 Parthenon Ave. property, as well as to allow for the development of 10 multi-family residential units on the site. The proposal passed the Metro Planning Commission on Thursday despite some backlash from Nashvillians who live near the property.

“We’re talking about tearing down a street, just so one person can make money by building five units,” neighbor William Henry told the hearing.

Other neighbors of the property also opposed the plan, expressing concerns about the loss of green space in Nashville. Others feared that the development of the site would lead to increased traffic.

“It’s just about bringing the two residential properties together,” says Cindy Harrison, assistant manager of Metro Parks. “It’s kind of a snaggletooth thing. And that allows us to have a more continuous future, whether it’s expanding the dog park or doing something else there, so that it’s not divided like it is right now. .

Ownership of 3136 is currently owned by Charlie Phillips, owner of Gallatin-based Volunteer Builders. The property is effectively surrounded by Metro Parks’ Centennial Dog Park, making it a challenging space for residential development.

Phillips bought the property in June 2021 for $1.4 million, and at the same time purchased three other properties in the Hillsboro-West End district for a total of $1 million. The Parthenon Avenue property is currently zoned for up to five residential units.

Another property on the block, at 3140B Parthenon Ave., is also residential, and the swap would consolidate the three non-Parks properties into a single segment surrounded on three sides by Parks-owned land.

Following Planning Commission approval, the Metro Parks and Recreation Commission will discuss and possibly approve the land swap at its November 1 meeting.

“I would like to have a report from the parks board before presenting it at the public hearing so that I can present all the information to everyone,” says Taylor, who added that he plans to present the proposal to the Metro. Council for first reading. at one of the board meetings in November before presenting it to a public hearing in December or January, depending on the action of the parks board.

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