Supreme Court Denies Appeal in Lawsuit Against Habitat

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.

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