Sylvan Park residents speak out on new home construction

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WTVF) – On Utah Avenue, neighbors say bigger doesn’t always mean better.

“One of the reasons this is such a desirable part of town is the style of the house,” said Councilor Kathleen Murphy. “If you were drawing for a children’s story, you’re going to draw a neighborhood on a street that looks like this.”

In Sylvan Park, most of the houses share a certain charm, with the exception of a few new builds which are unlike the others. “It’s a big, tall box,” said resident Katie Lamb.

It becomes a familiar story: an old demolished house and two new ones take its place.

When completed, there will be four new modern homes on two adjacent properties. The 42-foot-tall houses dominate those around them. “They think these boxes are what everyone wants and they’re going to put them where they can,” Lamb said.

Now, residents are posting their opinions with signs saying “Richland builders NOT welcome” on their lawns.

“It has become a bit of an attraction, hasn’t it?” Like because you run into it and are surprised, ”Murphy said.

In an area without overlays, Metro Zoning officials say large structures are not breaking any rules. “There are no design guidelines for this part of the neighborhood so they can do whatever they want,” Murphy said.

But as more properties sell and construction begins, some neighbors just want Sylvan Park to continue to look like Sylvan Park.

“It’s just not like the rest of us,” Lamb said.

NewsChannel 5 received the following statement from Chris Barnhizer, owner of Richland Building Partners LLC:

“My name is Chris Barnhizer. My family lives in Sylvan Park. My kids walk these streets, play on the playgrounds and learn the meaning of teamwork by playing tee-ball at McCabe’s. We go to restaurants. , refuel at Billy’s, have our morning coffee at Star Bagel and our haircut at Scout. We were drawn to Sylvan Park because of the strong sense of community and it is very disheartening to drive in our “inclusive” neighborhood and seeing signs that we are not welcome because change is not welcome by some.

I moved to Nashville in 2009 knowing that Nashvillians wanted diversity, change, growth, advancement, economic development with high quality and high values ​​at the top of their goals. I have transformed Richland Builders from an employee to a team of twelve, supporting our city in all aspects of our lives and impacting beyond the confines of Sylvan Park.

It’s my commitment to prove to this neighborhood of Sylvan Park that our goal is to bring diversity to an already lovely community. My family has the same wishes as all the other families who live here. We plan to raise our family here with you. We’re committed to making community improvements that are on the horizon, but not yet revealed. It’s Richland Builders’ mission not to focus on what we give up when building new homes, but rather what we earn from the process. “

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