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Hundreds of new apartments proposed for Nashville

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At least 900 new apartment units have been proposed all over Nashville. (WSMV) At least 900 new apartment units have been proposed all over Nashville. (WSMV)
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Developers want to build more than 900 new apartments all over Nashville, and Tuesday night is the public’s last chance to weigh in.

"I raised two kids and a granddaughter in this house," said BG Wadholm, who has lived in her Nashville home for 38 years.

Wadholm and her neighbors helped make the Nations what it is, or at least, what it was.

"It's not a neighborhood anymore," Wadholm said.

There's been an explosion of development all over Nashville and, like it or not, it's not slowing down.

News 4 found 10 proposed zoning changes for all over Nashville coming from developers wanting to build apartments.

If they get what they want, it will mean 904 new units, and that's just the projects on the agenda at Tuesday night's council meeting.

"I would say roughly 5,000 houses have been built in this one square mile in six years," said Mary Carolyn Roberts, who represents Metro District 20.

All of the development has her worried about water. She said there are too many new homes and not enough places for the rain to drain. 

"What we're going to look at is a mini Houston situation if we don't stop the development," Roberts said.

There is a lengthy process for developers who want zoning changes, including two public hearings.

Metro also has a 25 year plan called NashvilleNext, where officials try to encourage growth in some places and discourage it in others.

"By working with the local residents on zoning on what can be built there, by working with private business encouraging them to build in certain areas, and by setting up certain infrastructure – where do the roads go? Where do the power and sewer lines go?" said Craig Owensby, the public information officer for the Metro Planning Department.

Click here to view the NashvilleNext plan.

Click here to see a list of proposed zoning changes up for public hearing at Tuesday night’s meeting.

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