Marketplace: Bunker not first of Oak Hill’s losses

Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 1:03am

Before the Bredesen Bunker battle, Oak Hill fought with a real estate developer over a quarter of an acre, a long legal battle that went all the way to the Tennessee Supreme Court.

The battle, which lasted most of this decade, also pitted the satellite city against Davidson County, drawing in Mayor Karl Dean when he was Metro legal director.

Oak Hill lost every step of the way. As a result, the real estate research reports can soon add a 3,522-square-foot, owner-occupied office building.

Last week, developer Mark Marshall pulled the building permit to construct the building, which his firm will fill, at 5595 Franklin Pike near the Williamson County line. It replaces a fruit stand next to the convenience mart.

The legal battle began eight years ago when Marshall started having the site graded for the fruit and flower stand. Oak Hill stepped in and stopped him, claiming he couldn’t have a commercial zone in a residential area and was subject to the city’s zoning ordinances.

In order for the city’s claim to have had validity, however, the property had to be within Oak Hill’s boundaries. It turns out that it was not, according to court opinions up and down the line, and Dean had to be involved to make sure a piece of Nashville stayed in Nashville.

Marshall happens to own 52 acres there, most of which sits in Oak Hill.

Crosland lands more Gulch property

Crosland Tennessee, basically Bill Barkley and Steve Armistead, added to its holdings in The Gulch last week.

Last week, the firm bought Wehby Plumbing’s property at 316 12th Ave. S. Wehby has been in the location for 47 years but ended up in the path of redevelopment seven years ago when The Gulch was announced.

Wehby’s property has been on the desirable list since.

Crosland paid $1.3 million for the property. Charlie Wehby Jr. said the deal involved a property swap with Crosland for a new location. The plumbing company will be moving to 28th Ave. North and Charlotte Ave.

Coleman Boyd, a broker with Southeast Venture, represented Wehby in the transaction on the Charlotte property.

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By: sarabellum on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I still think that bunker is one of the worst things that could be done right now. If you're cutting your budget elsewhere, you should not be shelling out money for a fancy hole in the ground.