Metro Councilman asks appeals board to reject new quick cash business

Metro has already set a distance rule that prohibits the clustering together of high-interest loan businesses

Metro has already set a distance rule that prohibits the clustering together of high-interest loan businesses

Metro Councilman Jeff Syracuse says the Donelson area does not need another “quick cash” business. How-ever, that isn’t stopping one such business from trying to move in.

This week, TN QuickCash is appealing to The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County Board of Zoning Appeals after a decision by the Metro Board of Zoning Appeals rejected their proposal to open a franchise location in the former Papa Murphy / Whitt’s BBQ building. For Syracuse this is good news.

He says there are plenty of other businesses that would be more beneficial to the area. Plus, he says, if approved by the Chancery Court, a zoning rule will be broken.

Three years ago, Metro set a distance rule that prohibits the clustering together of high-interest loan businesses like pay-day lenders, check cashing stores and title loan shops.

Echoing the need to enforce the law as a way to keep away these businesses, Syracuse says it will be important for people to connect with their local city leaders and members of the zoning board in order to have their appeals heard.

“There are really good businesses that have reached out to me that would do well in that building if we the people win this case and are able to enforce the distance requirements for Alternative Financial Services businesses,” Syracuse said.

Syracuse hopes the zoning board will uphold the former zoning rule — particularly in order to regulate the future growth of these quick cash businesses and to consider the advantage of selling the property to another business, so that the space promotes the vision city leaders have for the future of Donelson, which continues to grow at a quicker rate than the majority of Davidson County.