SENU preparing to lead fight in opposition to transitional housing

11072816_10203270382914986_4517639579047218084_nOpposition continues to mount in Antioch to a proposal for transitional housing for those exiting the jail/prison system. Residents would consist primarily of drug offenders.

Called Valor Ridge, the proposal is for transitional housing for offenders. The site is located in District 28, 308 Carrolton Station Drive, at the intersection of Una Antioch Pike and Payne Road S. According to the planning commission it is zoned MUL (mixed use, limited) and RM6 (mixed density, residential) approved for 139 multi-family unit.

The property is currently under the Carrolton Planned Urban Development and will be reviewed Thursday at the Metro Planning Commission meeting. A public hearing will be held.

Southeast Nashville United is gearing up in opposition to the transitional housing. They posted this on their Facebook page:

“It is time to raise our voices and be heard. The Planning Commission meets this Thursday January 14 at 4pm. Howard School Office Blog Second Ave. The Carrollton Station PUD is being reviewed. This was put in place 12 years ago to allow owner occupied residential housing. That planned development was never built. A new owner now wants to build transient temporary housing…for released FELONY OFFENDERS. This is not consistent with the neighborhood that now surrounds the property. The neighborhoods around the proposed development is primarily families and seniors in owner occupied residences. The immediate area also has schools-Antioch Middle and Lighthouse Christian, daycare, a park, a greenway and several churches. The new owners refused to meet with the community to hear and discuss our concerns Community Instead they have said they will invite us to their open house when the project is built. They do not care about the community and have no regard for us or our safety or peace of mind SE Nashville is already home to more halfway houses than ANY OTHER PART OF TOWN. ENOUGH ALREADY. Please join us on Thursday at the Planning commission. Write your Council member. Write the Planning Commission TIME IS CRITICAL ACT NOW n. MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD.”

Southeast Nashville United (SENU) was instrumental in organizing successful opposition to the proposed Davidson County Jail relocation to Harding Place last year.

There has been significant opposition to the transitional housing project voiced in various Facebook groups, such as Hip Antioch, as well. Council Member Jacobia Dowell has posted multiple times expressing concerns related to zoning.

“We have zoning and community planning for a reason,” she posted in a discussion about the project on Facebook. “It needs to be respected.”

Not all the opposition focuses on the housing of recently released drug offenders, however.

“I live a mile from the proposed site. My issue is not with it being a halfway house. My issue is that they’re building residential housing, I’ve heard somewhere between 70 and 100 beds, at a location that already has horrible traffic and non-existent traffic management. Not to mention the fact that participants in the program are required to be employed (as they should be, as part of reintegration into society). They will not have cars. This means they will have to take the bus. The closest bus stops are a mile or so away, along a road with heavy traffic and no sidewalks. This is not safe for anyone, pedestrians or drivers,” Kelly Dean, an Antioch resident said on Facebook.”

There was some support for the project voiced.

“Let it go,” Parker Lee W. said on Facebook. “They need a place to live also. Just bc (because) people go to jail, doesn’t mean they’re a bad person.”

Also, Rusty Martin expressed on Facebook that as a church, this is an opportunity to minister to those passing through the transitional housing.

The Planning Commission will review the Carrolton Station PUD during their meeting Thursday at 4 p.m. at 700 Second Avenue South in the Howard Office Building. The full agenda may be viewed at this link.

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