Keep Ellington Agricultural Center Green


The Tennessee Departments of General Services and Mental Health are planning to build a RIP facility on the property of Ellington Agricultural Center in a quiet, vacant field off Darlington Drive. This is the next and most alarming step by the State of Tennessee increasing development of the Ellington property that will impact surrounding neighborhoods, change the character of Ellington Agricultural Center, and reduce the green and quiet space so many people enjoy about the Agricultural Center and that is in such high demand in Nashville. The proposed RIP facility will add a commercial daycare-like facility on a quiet neighborhood street, and it paves the way for possibly more development in that field and on the Ellington property in the future.

Below is a petition I encourage you to sign that strongly protests the RIP facility slated for the Ellington property in the field by Darlington Drive and strongly requests that it not be built there. By signing the petition, you will also email state legislators and the state departments about your concerns about the RIP facility and the Ellington Agricultural Center.

Keep Ellington Agricultural Center Green


Dear Legislator,

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More information:

  • This is the letter I wrote to the state stating my opposition to the RIP facility.
  • Recently, Barry Coggins (President of the Crieve Hall Neighborhood Association), DJ Smith (lives on Darlington Drive), and I met with Sen. Steve Dickerson, someone from Speaker Harwell’s office, and several folks from the Department of General Services and the Department of Mental Health. We talked about our concerns and opposition to developing the field and the Ellington Agricultural campus, and we made clear we are not opposed to what the RIP program does. They talked about the RIP facility, what it does, and why they want to put it in the field on Darlington Drive.
  • The RIP facility will be used by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services as a Regional Intervention Program (RIP). A RIP is a parent-oriented, professionally supported program for young children under 6 and their families who are experiencing challenging behaviors. The children are always there under the supervision of their parents and the professionals. No one stays overnight and the program is only operational during the work week. It is in no way a half-way house. It serves about 25 families at a time, each family for 6-9 months, with around 100 families total in a year.
  • This is a facility that is being relocated from Green Hills. The current RIP is in a 50-year-old building at the corner of Belmont Boulevard and Woodmont Boulevard. They are wanting to relocate the RIP facility to somewhere that is still centrally located in the city, and this location specifically because it is the only state-owned property centrally located. They did not say whether they could purchase new property somewhere and put the RIP on it. The RIP facility is entering the design phase, which lasts about six months. They hope to break ground in late spring 2018.
  • They like to locate RIP facilities in a neighborhood-type environment. Of course, this is why I and many others are opposed to this location – it’s right in the middle of the Crieve Hall neighborhood without any similar buildings like it around it.
  • The proposed RIP facility will be one story, approximately 15,000 square feet, with around 50 parking spaces behind the building. It would have about 13-15 full-time staff and some part-time staff. The RIP facility will have to be relocated somewhere in Nashville. MNPD could still use the rest of the field for hay for the horses of the mounted patrol division.
  • The proposed RIP facility is on state property and doesn’t have to come to Metro for any approvals or notices. I did not receive any notice of additional buildings or services being offered on Ellington Ag’s campus. While the proposed RIP facility would only take up part of the field, there is nothing preventing the rest of the field from being developed by the state in the future, which is my fear.
  • Below are pictures of where the proposed RIP facility would go, and what it could look like.
  • Media coverage from News Channel 5: Petition Against Use Of Green Space To Relocate State Facility

The field on the Ellington Ag Campus where the RIP facility is proposed.

The location in the field off Darlington Drive where the RIP facility could conceptually be placed. The yellow outline would be the building footprint, and the black outline would be the parking lot.

Conceptually what the rear of the proposed RIP facility could look like.

Conceptually what the proposed RIP facility could look like from Darlington Drive.

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