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East Nashville neighborhood bombarded by developer offers

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People in one East Nashville neighborhood said they're being bombarded by developers who want to buy their homes.

Homeowners in the popular neighborhood between Gallatin and Dickson roads from Spring Street to Trinity Lane said they're actually getting annoyed with the unsolicited offers.

In the area, there are a lot of older homes being knocked down and some are concerned about who is being displaced.

"We're right in the heart of it here on Spain Avenue," said homeowner Michael Pierce.

Lately many of his neighbors have been selling their homes to developers who are knocking down the old homes and putting up larger ones.

"They sold that place and put two houses on the lot," said Pierce.

He and his girlfriend have lived there since 2008 and don't want to sell.

Like many others in East Nashville, they face a constant barrage of offers from buyers.

"We're going to try to fight it like all get out and try to save our home," said Pierce.

Cathy Parris lives on Burchwood Avenue, the next street over.

She's also been bombarded with mailers from agents and investors who want to buy her house.

She and her neighbor, Steve Hagar, worry the character of the area is being lost as developers build big houses that, in her opinion, don't always fit in.

"It's changing the whole look of East Nashville," said Parris.

The homes in this area, East Hill, are not protected by any historic overlays.

Nell Levin has another concern.

She's part of the Tennessee Alliance for Progress that's concerned about the long-time residents who are getting displaced, especially the elderly.

She worries some may be pressured to sell without researching what their homes are really worth.

"Maybe they bought their house for $40,000 and somebody comes along and offers them $60,000 and they think, oh, that's great, not realizing that the house today may be worth $120,000," said Levin.

The gentrification of East Nashville is nothing new and neither is the concern that those of meager means will be forced out by rising property values and taxes, one street at a time.

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