#BossTalk with North Nashville developer DJ Wootson

Today, I had the pleasure of attending the KIPP Academy Leaders and Scholars Breakfast hosted by KIPP Nashville at the Omni Nashville Hotel. KIPP Nashville, the Nashville-based division of KIPP Schools, is leading the transformation of public education by helping its students graduate college at 4 times the rate of their peers.

At the event, KIPP Nashville students showcased their many talents and we got a chance to hear from KIPP Academy alumni, including Azariah Bridgewater, a Florida State University student who was among KIPP’s first graduating class. Azariah and her KIPP Nashville classmates are now entering their junior year in college; these KIPPsters are on track to triple the graduation rate of their low-income peers.

I was invited to the event by my good friend Jeff McGruder of Pinnacle Bank. At the close of the event, I ran into another friend, D.J. Wootson—a developer who is doing some great things in North Nashville. I chatted with him for a second about what motivates his work in the community. Wootson owns Titus Young Real Estate, a real estate firm that offers brokerage, property management, and residential construction services.

Wootson’s latest venture, 1821 Jefferson, is a new mixed-used development project on Jefferson Street that will feature a Bongo Java concept and a Smoothie King on its ground floor with 18 one- and two-bedroom apartments above. The project also features Google Fiber-enable internet and cable access, as well as a 24-hour fitness center and a spacious tenant lounge. Though it is still under construction, Wootson’s company is now pre-leasing some of the units.

“I love the fact DJ is creating a legacy for himself and his family through action,” Ridgel said about Wootson. “What he is doing for the north Nashville community with change the landscape of North Nashville for generations to come. His future family will be able to be proud of his sacrifices and accomplishments.”

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