The state’s highest court is allowing Habitat for Humanity move ahead with its newest neighborhood development, despite legal challenges from the neighbors.
The Tennessee Supreme Court has denied a last-chance appeal from a group called Concerned Neighbors of Nashville. Members complain that their part of north Nashville already has too many Habitat for Humanity homes and an even larger low-income development will drive down property values. In a lawsuit, the group challenged how Habitat’s Park Preserve development was approved, saying the Metro Planning Commission didn’t consider all of its impacts.
Lower courts have sided with Habitat, and the non-profit home builder is taking this week’s Supreme Court ruling as a final word. However, Habitat is lamenting the cost to defend itself in the multi-year lawsuit – $120,000, enough to build two homes.