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'Tall skinny' takeover: Which Nashville neighborhoods are doubling up after demolition
From his office above a Whole Foods store in upscale Green Hills, John Brittle Jr. and his team of agents target the next affordable Nashville neighborhood for redevelopment.
Brittle, a broker with Parks Realty, is called the “Infill King.” His developer clients rely on him to spot bargain older homes, which they tear down and replace with bigger, more expensive properties.
“For 30 years, real estate agents have been talking about the TSU and Fisk areas,” Brittle said, referring to the neighborhoods surrounding Tennessee State University and Fisk University, two of Nashville's historically black institutions. “We’re going to see some beautiful stuff there.”
Investors and builders have transformed entire neighborhoods in recent years as Nashville’s appetite for homes soared. Countywide, nearly half of all properties with single structures demolished and new construction approved had two or more residential buildings planned for the lot, according to a Tennessean analysis of Metro Nashville permit data.
The familiar scene replays throughout the urban core: Multiple modern, three-story homes replace one-story brick houses. Some derelict homes are demolished and property taxes flow into city coffers. Meanwhile, long-time neighbors live with construction dust, noise, blocked sunlight and changing faces — until they too move, often outside the city.
“Some people don’t like what we do,” said Brittle, who wishes city regulations would allow for denser, less expensive development. “But the fact of the matter is that the market demands this. People are wanting to move into these neighborhoods.”
Metro Nashville issued 962 residential demolition permits in 2015 and 1,035 in 2016 — nearly three houses a day. That rate has cooled off by 10 percent in 2017, but the rapid redevelopment has left many residents wondering what is happening to their city.
The 37209 zip code that includes The Nations and Sylvan Park had the most residential demolitions, with 583 between September 2014 and September 2017. At those properties, 376 had approval for new housing. And on those lots, builders obtained 608 new home permits.
Nashville ZIP codes with most residential demolition permits, Sept. 2014 - Sept. 2017
- 583 permits - 37209 (The Nations/Sylvan Park/Sylvan Heights)
- 383 - 37206 (East Nashville)
- 254 - 37208 (Germantown, North Nashville)
- 251 - 37215 (Green Hills)
Source: Metro Nashville Codes Department data; Tennessean analysis
"You tear down the eyesore and build two nice houses in their place, and raise the property values," said George Lauderback, owner of L & S Construction Services, the company with the most permits to build on lots with recent demolitions.
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134 town homes priced under $200,000 planned in Antioch
The development arm of Brentwood-based Barlow Builders LLC has paid $1.2 million for 62 acres off Pin Hook Road in Antioch with plans to create 134 lots for new town homes.
Amber Lane Development LLC also has a contract to buy an adjacent site on which existing zoning allows for 84 more town home lots, said Austin Pennington, CEO of homebuilder Barlow Builders.
Site work got underway Thursday on the 62 acres, with Pennington planning to sell the 134 town home sites to Ole South Properties. He also plans to sell the 84 town home lots to that homebuilder upon buying the other site and completing site development.
The build-out cost of the 218 new town homes is estimated at $50 million. The projects would continue development of the Bradburn Village community, where Jimmy E. Allen, who sold the 62 acres, previously built 88 condos on a third of his overall property.
Ole South is still deciding which housing product to design for the other property whose current zoning allows for 84 units to be built, Lewis said.
The properties Amber Lane bought from Allen are mostly on Bradburn Village Circle in the area behind the Publix at Mt. View Marketplace.
"It's an opportunity to provide quality workforce housing in an area within close proximity or a 20-minute drive to downtown Nashville and near quality services such as the Publix," Pennington said.
Elsewhere, Barlow's Amber Lane Development arm is responsible for development of Southern Springs by Del Webb, a 600-home community in Spring Hill. The development company also developed 100 lots at the Reserve at Port Royal subdivision in Spring Hill.
Murfreesboro resident Allen founded and has been the president of La Vergne-based trucking company Venture Express Inc. and co-owns Center Hill Marina & Yacht Club.
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