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East Nashville neighbors concerned new homes losing charm

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A Metro neighborhood is fighting to keep its charm, as people who live there say they're fed up with seeing historic homes torn down and replaced by duplexes.

Jerry Vandiver has lived in east Nashville for 28 years. He owns three homes there and is proud of the area.

"We want the people who move into it to be proud as well," Vandiver said.

But, lately, he said he has seen historic homes replaced by brand new two- and three-story duplexes.

"They don't fit the look of the neighborhood and the charm of east Nashville," Vandiver said.

Now, his homeowners' association is collecting surveys from neighbors and plans to ask Metro for a conservation overlay expansion. It would require special permission and standards before tearing down historic homes.

"You cannot build umbilical cord duplexes once the overall is in place," Vandiver said.

Britnie Turner, the owner of Aerial Development Group, builds those types of duplexes and says they help accommodate growth.

"Nashville is working very hard to welcome newcomers. Where are they gonna go? Most of them want to live within the urban core," Turner said.

She also says growth is a good thing.

"It's better for the city's tax base. It increases the walkability, and that promotes healthier lifestyles," she said.

Vandiver says he isn't afraid of new neighbors - just the new look.

"We're happy that these people want to move in," he said. "We just want to see our architecture and the facade and the look of the neighborhood make its transition into this century to be a pleasant one."

The neighborhood surveys are due by Tuesday, and the neighborhood association president says he plans to turn them in to City Council by close of business on Wednesday.

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