Country club in Nashville purchased
BY WILLIAM F. WEST
Thursday, April 18, 2019
The Birchwood Country Club property is now in the hands of a locally based father-and-son construction company.
The property, approximately 120 acres southeast of downtown Nashville, was acquired by Turn-Key Contractors Inc. Jason Davis, 43, is Turn-Key's president and his father, Robbie Davis, 67, is Turn-Key's CEO and also the chairman of the Nash County Board of Commissioners.
Jason Davis said the plan is to keep the golf course part of the property for conversion to residential development but sell the clubhouse, the swimming pool and one of the maintenance buildings. Jason Davis declined to disclose the amount Turn-Key paid for the property, but he said the deal was sealed approximately a couple of weeks ago.
"It came down to almost like a formal bid for the property," Jason Davis said. "And they did receive numerous other prices. And we just came out on top."
Jason Davis acknowledged while such an acquisition is a large undertaking, he said he and his father believe the Birchwood location is a combination of great land and a beautiful neighborhood.
"It was just an opportunity we didn't want to pass up," the son said.
Birchwood Country Club dates back to the 1960s. Turn-Key dates back to 1984 as a commercial general construction company and has developed residential properties in the past.
Jason Davis is mostly in charge of the residential development part of Turn-Key.
"I wanted to get more into the residential construction — and we were about out of land that we owned for residential houses," he said. "I believe the housing market has come back around — and there is a housing shortage in Nash County."
Jason Davis also is president of the Rocky Mount Area Home Builders Association.
He said at the Birchwood location generally, there is no plan to build houses smaller than the ones already in the neighborhood. He also emphasized the residential development process is going to take at least 10 years to complete.
Jason Davis said his father is out of town for the rest of the month.
"And when he gets back we are going to sit down and meet on our timeline and our schedule — and then we'll set up some dates we can meet with current owners of the neighborhood," the son said.
He emphasized he knows nobody likes anybody building right next to them, so he and his father are wanting to express what their ideas are to the residents and get the residents' feedback as well.
As for the status of the property right now, he said his information is a man is using the clubhouse to host events. He said the plan is to let the man honor his bookings through the transition period.
The town of Nashville's government had openly proposed to acquire the Birchwood location's golfing greens, clubhouse and swimming pool to expand recreational opportunities.
The town council held a special meeting on Jan. 24 to seek public feedback and most of the comments were in support of what the town government wanted to do.
Jason Davis also is quite aware of the town's interest in the property for recreation and open space.
"We want to meet with them and see if we can still tie some of that into their plans and work with them for them to acquire a little bit of the land as a buffer for the houses that are already there,” he said, “and maybe make some walking trails and what-not."
Nashville Mayor Donald Street made clear he is going to hate to see the green area at the Birchwood location disappear because the town is running out of green space.
"And the more green space we have, the better it is for the quality of air we're going to be breathing," Street said.
Street said he believes the bottom line is Birchwood Country Club was no longer financially viable.
"Golf does not seem to be attracting youth anymore — and a generation of golfers in community golf courses like Birchwood have just not regenerated themselves," he said.
Nashville Town Councilman Larry Taylor said, "We haven't officially been told of anybody's intentions yet, so I guess we'll just have to wait and see since we didn't win out with the bid process.
"We just hope that if they do develop it, that they keep in mind the surrounding houses there and keep it along the same line of what's already there so as to not disrupt the community."