Boedecker Foundation Purchase of Church Property in East Nashville

Boedecker Foundation Purchase of Church Property in East Nashville


Purchase of Family Affair Ministries Fellowship’s South Inglewood home is the Boedecker Foundation’s second Nashville real estate deal in two years.

The private foundation of shoe company Crocs’ co-founder and former CEO George Boedecker Jr. has purchased the home of a South Inglewood church for $2.5 million.

Pastor Glenda Gleaves Sutton of Family Affair Ministries Fellowship, which is known for its community service, said The Boedecker Foundation is still finalizing plans for the roughly 2-acre property at the corner of Riverside Drive and Porter Road. “The desire is for different organizations to come together and bless the community,” she added.

The real estate deal is the foundation’s second in Nashville in two years. In fall 2015, The Boedecker Foundation paid $1.58 million for office space on Music Row.

The Family Affair Ministries Fellowship is the latest Nashville church to sell its home. The location is next to the former Riverside Drive Church of Christ, which is now home to video production firm SnapShot Interactive, and across from diner Pied Piper Eatery.

Sutton attributed the congregation’s sale of its home of 14 years to the property being larger than needed and also to the high cost of needed repairs. “The folks who bought it now have the means to do it and we’ll be able to work together,” she said. “This made sense. Family Affair Ministries isn’t leaving East Nashville; we’re just getting stronger.”

The congregation will continue to worship at the property at 1600 Riverside Drive while seeking a new home, said Sutton, who has been involved with ministry in that area for two decades. Family Affair Ministries will continue to run The Family Center at Berkshire Place apartments nearby, which offers job training, after-school and feeding programs.

The Nashville Rescue Mission and Special Olympics of Middle Tennessee are among local beneficiaries of The Boedecker Foundation. At the rescue mission, the foundation has assisted with remodeling the chapel, kitchen and dining room at the men’s campus, and the Bright Spaces room for mothers and children at the women’s campus.

The Boedecker Foundation couldn’t be reached for comment, but its plans are believed to involve making the site a community hub, including offering culinary skills training. In addition to 1600 Riverside Drive, the purchase included other parcels at 1600 Porter Road and 1604 and 1610 Porter Ave., including where several other buildings stand.

Metro Councilman Anthony Davis said he thought redevelopment was a possibility given the size of the site, which Urban Grout Commercial Real Estate listed for the church. “Similar to what SnapShot Interactive did with Riverside Drive Church of Christ, I think the community will be thrilled to see adaptive reuse of that old church building,” he said.