Lipscomb University Growth Plans Concern Neighbors

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Lipscomb University’s expansion plans have some area residents concerned the school will continue to encroach upon the neighborhood.

School officials want to convert the Parkwood Terrace Apartments at 4109 Belmont Blvd. into office space. To do so, the building would have to be included in the university’s existing institutional overlay, a tool that allows colleges and universities to outline their plans for growth.

The university has owned the 16-unit complex for nearly 20 years. The Metro Planning Commission and Metro Council must approve major changes to the overlay.

“We are maxed out on staff offices, so we want to move our development office to that building,” said Phil Ellenburg, general counsel at Lipscomb University.

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