Historical plantation threatened by development

SPRING HILL, Tenn. (AP) -- A 19th century plantation home is being threatened by plans for a massive development that could bring jobs and tax money into the Spring Hill community.

Opponents to the plan say the 514 acres around Rippavilla Plantation contain ancient oaks, hand-stacked rock walls built generations ago, a family cemetery, a slave house, a pioneer trail and a portion of a Civil War battlefield.

The developer, North American Development Group, wants to purchase the land from automaker General Motors, which has a plant nearby, for millions and develop it into a series of retail shops, office space, town homes and apartments.

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen will vote on the matter in a December meeting before the land can be sold.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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