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Community Upset Over Metro's Plan To Buy Nashboro Golf Club

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by Heather Graf

NASHVILLE, Tenn - A 144-acre golf course in Nashboro Village could very soon belong to Metro government, and not everyone's happy about it.  That's because the city plans to turn all 18 holes into a park.

Those who live in the area feel that purchase and transformation will destroy their property values and ruin their neighborhood.

"I bought this house 11 years ago because of the golf course over there, and I really, I don't want a park," said Gary Petersen.

He's one of several hundred residents who showed up for a community meeting on Thursday night to voice their concerns about the proposal.

"The golf course is a huge asset to the community," one resident told the panel of Metro officials.

Another asked what tax revenue would be generated if the city turns the golf course into a public space, to which Councilwoman Karen Johnson replied, "none".

Metro said the property fits perfectly into the Open Space Plan the city adopted two years ago.

"This part of the county, the southeast section of the county, was one of the ones identified by the open space plan as being the most deficient in park property," said Metro Parks Director Tommy Lynch.

The $595,000 purchase price for the Nashboro Golf Club would come out of a $5 million previously set aside for open spaces, that includes private donations from The Land Trust of Tennessee.

Residents, meanwhile, said they've found a private buyer who is willing to purchase the course, that closed in November, and work to restore and re-open it.

'I've made an offer, with no contingencies, for a cash offer to close within 30 days, for the same price Metro is offering," said David Waynick, who is a businessman and former mayor of Mount Juliet.  "Because I believe it is a gem in the community, and I also believe it enhances property values, so I offered to step up."

Councilwoman Johnson said she organized Thursday's meeting so that her constituents would have a chance to ask questions directly to Metro officials.

"Nothing that is done with metro government is just done automatically," she said.  "My job is to listen to everyone on both sides of this particular issue, and from the input that's given, determine next steps from there."

In just five days, on January 10, the issue is set to go before Metro's Parks and Recreation Board for a vote.

It's the first of several approvals needed before Metro Council will weigh in on the proposed purchase of Nashboro Golf Club. 

Councilwoman Johnson told NewsChannel 5 she's not yet decided how she will vote.

Nashboro Village residents, meanwhile, said they will continue fighting to save the golf course, every step of the way.

"This is a nice, quiet neighborhood," said Peterson.  "I don't want it to deteriorate, and it will,"

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