THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY V. RSF INVESTORS, LLC - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on Jul 14, 2017

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Steven J. Meisner, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, RSF Investors, LLC.

Attorneys 2:

Lora Barkenbus Fox and Patrick J. Bradley, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County.

Judge(s): CLEMENT

This appeal arises from an enforcement action by the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County (“Metro”) against the owner of a restaurant located within the Broadway Historic Preservation District in Nashville, Tennessee. Metro commenced the action to require the owner to comply with Metropolitan Code of Laws (M.C.L) § 17.40.410 and the preservation permit the Metropolitan Historic Zoning Commission (“the Commission”) issued upon the application of the owner. Following discovery, the parties filed cross motions for summary judgment. The trial court granted Metro’s motion and denied the owner’s motion. The order required the owner to remove the portion of the installation that did not comply with the permit. This appeal followed. The owner raises three principal issues. It contends: (1) the glass panels it was ordered to remove do not fall within the purview of the Commission; (2) Metro cannot enforce a permit that has expired; and (3) summary judgment is inappropriate because material facts are in dispute. Metro contends we lack jurisdiction to hear this appeal because the appeal is untimely. We have determined the appeal is timely, and the issues raised by the owner are unavailing. Therefore, we affirm.