Neighborhood News

January Update

January 1, 2019

Proposed Mixed-Use Project on Murphy Road

The proposed mixed-use project on Murphy Road at West End has gone through major revisions in response to concerns expressed by the three adjacent neighborhoods. The height has been lowered to match the Highwoods Tower across the street, and the office component has been replaced with a residential tower. This breaks up the mass of the building and reduces the traffic impact of the project. Council Member Ed Kindall, in whose district the project actually sits, has agreed to defer the public hearing a second time to allow for a community meeting to present the new design. Therefore the currently scheduled January 3 Council public hearing will take place on February 5. Plans for the community meeting are being finalized and will be announced as soon as they are definite. Information on the project will be available on the HWEN website at

21st Avenue Corridor Study Updates

The 21st Avenue Corridor study is moving to the next phase. After receiving input from neighbors and property owners through the charettes, community meetings, and steering committee discussions, the Planning staff is drawing up documents to implement the vision that was laid out.

The common themes that emerged were: a. strong desire for a better pedestrian experience along 21st b. interest in more mixed use along the corridor adding some retail to the currently allowed office/residential mix c. willingness to allow some building forms not allowed under the current OR20 zoning if they are paired with better sidewalks and are sensitive to the adjacent residential properties d. preservation of the local businesses at the existing commercial node at Blair Planning staff are continuing to work on a draft corridor plan and that a Urban Design Overlay (UDO) along with base zone changes will be used to implement the vision set out in the plan. Planning will be back out in the community for feedback in the beginning of February.

Traffic Calming on Belmont Boulevard

Belmont Blvd traffic calming measures are gradually being implemented as weather conditions allow. The Traffic and Parking Commission voted last month to lower the speed limit on Belmont to 25 mph. (Note that this will be done on all local streets county wide within the next year, but the signs on Belmont will be the first to be changed in our neighborhood.) Intersection improvements, including safety enhancements at crosswalks, will be added when we have a long enough warm spell to put paint on the street. The protected bike lanes at the northern, non-residential part of Belmont will be coordinated with the construction of Belmont’s Performing Arts Center, described below.

Brush Pick-Up

Brush Pick-up starts in HWEN on January 4. Correct placement of the pile is important to ensure that it is picked up. Instead of chippers, Metro Public Works uses knuckle boom trucks equipped with a mechanical arm that lifts brush piles up and into a trailer that’s pulled behind the truck. This method of collecting brush is quieter and safer than using wood chippers, and allows Metro to provide quicker and more efficient service. Neighbors need to leave enough room for the mechanical arm of the knuckle boom truck to operate. In general, height of the pile doesn’t matter, but all brush needs to be close enough to the curb or roadway for the truck to reach it. Only the driver travels with the truck; there are no other crew members to move piles or separate items that don’t belong in a brush pile. Brush piles should not be placed close to mailboxes, utility poles, fences, trees or other stationary objects. Place only limbs, branches and true yard waste by the curb for brush crews. Lumber, household trash and other types of debris found in your brush pile means it won’t get picked up.

Christmas Tree Recycling Drop-Off

Once again Metro is offering a Christmas Tree drop-off at Elmington Park, Richland Park, and Sevier Park. Trees will be chipped for mulch instead of ending up in the landfill. There are a number of individuals and groups will can help neighbors with their trees for a fee or a donation. Preston Taylor Ministries is available here.

Coffee With Burkley Allen

I will be holding Council Office Hours on Saturday, January 12, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Portland Brew. Please stop by, and we can have a conversation about zoning issues, budget questions, elections for the Community Oversight Board, or topics of your choice. I’ll also have up useful Metro websites for demos on reporting code violations or looking up development information.

FREE Art Workshops!

The Centennial Arts Center is offering free art workshops on January 14 and 15. Classes include drawing with Etch-a-Sketch and Glaze Mixing. There is no cost, but registration is required. More information is available at the Centennial Art Center by clicking here, or by calling 615-862-8442.

I-440 Paving & Widening

I-440 paving and widening begins in earnest this month. Soundwalls are under construction around Elmington, Sharondale, and Linmar Avenues. Ramp improvements at 21st (westbound 440) and Murphy Road (eastbound 440) are underway and should last through March. Relocation of light poles between Murphy Road and Hillsboro will begin soon and last through March. Removal of the median and concrete rubblization begins in February.

Nashville Reads book club

The Nashville Reads book for 2019 is “Hidden Figures”. This is the book that inspired the movie about a group of remarkable African American women who served as human calculators and helped make possible the first space flights during the midst of the civil rights movement. Book club discussions will take place throughout the spring, and I hope to continue the trend of having one at Bongo Java led by our own very capable Irma Paz Bernstein. The author is coming to Nashville February 19 for an event at the Downtown Library. Start reading now so you’ll be ready for the discussions.

Healthier TN Neighborhoods Program

The Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness is currently seeking Nashville neighborhoods to participate in the Healthier TN Neighborhoods program. The Foundation’s primary initiative, Healthier Tennessee, strives to increase the number of Tennesseans who are physically active, promote a healthy diet, and reduce the number of people who use tobacco. HealthierTN works with neighborhoods in Nashville to develop sustainable health and wellness initiatives in their respective communities to ultimately become designated as a “Healthier Tennessee Neighborhood”. The Foundation offers grants and other promotional materials to participating communities and HealthierTN is designed for neighborhoods of all shapes and sizes in Nashville. If you, or someone you know, is interested in leading this initiative in your neighborhood, please contact Kate Kennedy, the Nashville Neighborhoods Director for Healthier Tennessee, at or 615-610-1880 ext. 830.

Parklets Are Coming To District 18!

Metro Public Works, Metro Planning, and the Nashville Civic Design Center are partnering to create District 18’s first Parklet, which will be on 12th South in front of Jeni’s Ice Cream. This initiative will turn a single parking space into a tiny park to provide a space to sit and enjoy the energy of 12th South.

New Parking Design on Acklen Avenue

Once again, District 18 is on the leading edge of new traffic and parking innovation with the recently installed back-in angled parking in Hillsboro Village in front of the Acklen Post Office and Belmont Methodist Church. Most drivers seem to have gotten comfortable with the new design, which allows for much safer loading and exit of the parking space. The proper use is to pull just past the space and back into it, similar to parallel parking, only easier. A few drivers are still pulling in frontwards in front of the Acklen Post Office, which now involves pulling across on-coming traffic entering and exiting the space. This is not an appropriate use of the space, and is not safer for anyone. Drivers are encouraged to circle the block if necessary to get the car oriented the right way to back in.

Belmont University Performing Arts Center

Preliminary construction for the Belmont University Performing Arts Center site is currently underway, starting with work to relocate utility lines under Belmont Blvd. This will displace street parking between Bernard and Compton Aves for a few weeks. Additionally, excavation blasting for the relocated roadway has begun and will last approximately through mid-January. During this time, blasting will occur up to three times each day—at 9:05 a.m., 11:05 a.m. and 1:05 p.m. Thru traffic on Bernard and Compton will be halted ten minutes prior to each blast until an all-clear signal is given. Compared to blasts for past construction projects on campus, the intensity of blasts will be significantly lower. To assist retail neighbors during this period of utility construction, a series of promotions are being offered to those who live in the neighborhood. As retailers confirm their promotional offerings, they will be shared. All retail dining locations along Belmont Blvd will remain open during the construction period. Please make an extra effort to patronize them while they are putting up with the inconveniences that are inevitable with construction.

Traffic Calming Program

Metro Public Works has re-structured the Traffic Calming program into two application periods per year, opening on January 2 and on July 8. For the first period from January 2 – January 22, Public Works will be accepting new applications to request traffic calming treatments. If a neighborhood has a current application, they will not need to reapply. Their application will be re-evaluated with those received in January. Public Works has a list of the current applications. After January 22, applications will be objectively scored based on crash history, measured speed, and bike and pedestrian considerations. Public Works will then move into project development with the top-ranking neighborhoods based on this analysis. For more information on Traffic Calming, visit the following links:

Zero Waste Updates

As Metro moves toward sending zero waste to the landfill, keeping recyclables and compostables out of the waste stream is an important part of the solution. However, it is important to put only the correct materials in those diversion streams. Nashville’s biggest recycling contaminant is plastic bags. Most people don’t realize that putting recyclables in a plastic bag or even putting plastic bags in the recycling cart is a real problem. The bags get caught in the sorting machines used to separate cans from cardboard and plastic bottles and frequently shut the entire operation down. To help educate the general public, Metro Public Works has started recycling route audits, which will decrease contamination in the Curby recycle carts. Residents may start seeing some red OOPS tags on recycling carts in their neighborhoods on pick-up day. These carts will not be picked up until the plastic bags are removed. Plastic bags can be recycled at most grocery stores.

Metro Public works has expanded residential food waste drop off to all convenience centers. There is no charge to drop off this material or recyclables at the centers.

Public Works continues to have free weekly composting workshops. Neighbors who attend the one hour workshop receive a free backyard composter. Click here to learn more about the free workshops. Visit the Recycle Center - if you attend the one hour workshop you receive a free small recycle bin for inside your home. Click here to learn more.

Nashville International Airport Updates

The airport’s new Parking and Transportation Center (referred to as “Terminal Garage” on airport signage) opened on Dec. 20. Visitors to the airport may need to relearn their way around.

The center offers:

  • 2,200 short-term parking spaces (Levels P2-P6)
  • a parking space guidance system
  • electric vehicle charging stations
  • tire inflation station
  • vehicle locator kiosks
  • pay-on-foot kiosks

Ground transportation pick-up will relocate to the Parking and Transportation Center (Level 1). Commercial vehicles including WeGo Public Transit buses, hotel shuttles, charter buses, limousines, taxis and ride app vehicles will pick up on the ground level. Signage will direct travelers from the terminal to the Ground Transportation Center on Level 1, and to designated pick-up areas once inside. Drop-offs will continue on Levels 2 and 3 of the terminal. The names of several airport parking lots also changed in December. Parking rates will not change.

  • Long Term A is now Terminal Lot A
  • Long Term B is now Economy Lot B
  • Economy is now Economy Lot C

Demolition of the Short Term Garage will begin in January to make way for a larger garage, airport administrative building, pedestrian plaza and potential hotel. The Short Term Parking Garage entrance closed on Dec. 20. The exit will remain open until Jan. 6. Vehicles remaining in Short Term at that time will be towed (at no cost) to the new Terminal Garage.

The pedestrian walkway between Terminal Lot A (formerly Long Term A) and the terminal will close due to construction, effective Jan. 7, 2019. The airport’s courtesy shuttle will continue providing convenient transit to/from the terminal.

In Conclusion

I hope everyone’s 2019 gets off to a good start. I am looking forward to getting lots done in the new year together. Please let me know about your questions and concerns at or 615-383-6604.

Burkley Allen 
Metro Council 18th District

December Update

December 1, 2018

Proposed Mixed-Use Hotel Project at 3415 Murphy Road Updates

The public hearing on the proposed mixed-use hotel project at 3415 Murphy Road was deferred last month at the request of many neighbors and Council Member Murphy and me. The public hearing is now expected to be deferred again on December 4 until the council January 3 meeting. Because of all the concerns expressed by surrounding neighborhoods, the owner is redesigning the project to a height that is more in line with the near-by highrises. This is expected to lower total square footage and peak traffic counts as well. I’ve...

November Update

November 1, 2018

Corner Music Building

Several neighbors have asked about the Corner Music building renovation at 12th South and Dallas. The new owners are re-using and renovating the existing building without any change to the footprint. They have installed a temporary covering on the front while replacing the windows. Full access to the sidewalk will be restored when that work is complete.

21st Avenue Corridor Study

The 21st Avenue Corridor Study has had terrific participation. The Charette Week activities provided the Planning staff with lots of input from neighbors and property owners. The big take-aways are that everyone wants better...

October Update

October 1, 2018

Brush Pick-Up

for HWEN begins Oct 5. Pick-up in BHN and 12th South is already under way.

BHN Home Tour

The BHN Home Tour takes place Saturday, October 6 from 11 to 5. Tickets can be bought ahead of time at Hillsboro Hardware or by clicking here.

Open Streets Nashville

Everyone is invited to Open Streets Nashville along 12th Avenue South on Sunday, October 7, from 2 to 6 pm. The street will be closed to car traffic from Edgehill to Kirkwood for the day so it can be experienced as a pedestrian zone. There will...

September Update

September 1, 2018

Dockless Bikes & Scooters

After several months of community engagement and stakeholder meetings, Metro passed BL2018-1280 creating regulations for the use of dockless bikes and scooters in Nashville. After passage of the bill on August 21, the operators have been working with the Metro Transportation Licensing Commission to get permits and start their programs. Limebike and Bird launched as soon as the Mayor signed the bill into law. Neighbors can expect to see small groups of scooters parked around the district. The scooters should be upright and out of the pedestrian pathway. Having a well regulated scooter program can...

August Update

August 1, 2018

12th South Water Main Project

The 12th South Water Main project that has been completed along Beechwood and Elmwood was actually Phase 1 of a two phase process. Phase 2 is in design and may start later this fall. This would include nearby streets between Belmont and 12th South. A community meeting is anticipated in the next month or two to explain details and schedule. Keep an eye on the list serve for meeting time and location.

TN Environmental Council Annual Sustainable TN Policy & Practice Meeting

The Tennessee Environmental Council invites individuals and organizations from across the...

July Update

July 1, 2018

I will be holding District 18 Office Hours Saturday morning, July 21 from 9 am until 10:30 at Three Brothers Coffee at 2813 West End Avenue. I’ll have information on HUB Nashville, Metro’s on-line customer service hotline, the new sidewalk construction tracker, and the Open Government website. Come by for a demonstration or to tell me what is on your mind about making Metro a better city.

Several neighbors have raised concerns about trash carts sitting with their lids open after trash pick-up day. This becomes a health hazard this time of year if rain gets in the cart allowing...

June Update

June 1, 2018

Movies in the Park continues each Thursday at Elmington Park through June 21 (rain date is June 28). Festivities and food trucks start at 5 with the movie beginning at dark. The park road is closed off at 9 each Thursday morning after the morning commute and camp pick-ups are done. Park police will be on hand each Thursday to help with traffic and parking. The movies are all family friendly, including Wonder Woman, Legally Blond, and the Greatest Showman. This year, the event is working to be Wastefree so look for places to recycle cans and bottles and to...

May Update

May 1, 2018

Election Day Number 2 is May 24 for Mayor. Early voting begins at the Howard Office Building on May 4 and at all other early voting locations on May 11.

The Sevier Park Fest returns on Friday May 4th and Saturday May 5th. The festival kicks off on Friday at 6 pm with a headline concert in Sevier Park featuring SUSTO, Amanda Shires, and J Roddy Walston & the Business. The last concert begins at 9:30 pm. Saturday’s events begin at 10 am in the Park and along 12th Ave South up to Sweetbriar. The day includes bike races for...

April Update

April 1, 2018

Brush Pick-up begins in HWEN on April 4.

Belmont University will host the 2018 Davis Cup between the United States and Belgium April 6, 7 & 8. — Some of the world’s greatest tennis players will meet for a matchup in the Curb Event Center! Campus neighbors can purchase single or three-day pass tickets for 50% off by entering a special promo code: NEIGHBOR. Click here to purchase tickets! Traffic and parking will be controlled similar to the way graduation weekend is handled. Neighbors may want to avoid driving through the north end of Belmont Blvd during the weekend...

March Update

March 1, 2018

Historic Preservation Awards — The Metropolitan Historical Commission is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Historic Preservation Awards program, honoring Davidson County’s best preservation projects. The public is invited to submit buildings or structures that have been restored, rehabilitated, or carefully maintained over time. The awards also recognize well-designed new construction that harmonizes with a historic environment. To be considered, nominated properties must be located in Davidson County and, with the exception of the infill construction category, must have been built no later than 1968. Infill projects should be no older than 2016. Buildings open to the public as...

January Update

January 1, 2018

Brush Collection begins in Hillsboro West End on January 5.

Recycling your Christmas tree is easy. Last year, Nashvillians dropped off over 17,000 trees for recycling through Metro Nashville’s Christmas Tree Recycling Drop-off Program! Trees can be taken to Elmington Park or Sevier Park to be chipped and composted into mulch. Trees must be cleaned of all ornaments, lights, wire, string and other decor before bringing them to be tree-cycled. No artificial trees can be accepted. Please do not dump any other items at these drop-off locations.

Construction of Fahrenheit Yoga — Neighbors have probably noticed the demolition of...

November Update

November 1, 2017

Let’s Move Nashville — Neighbors are invited to an open house on November 9 to learn about Let’s Move Nashville, Metro’s transportation solution and twenty-five-year transit plan. This will be the focus of a referendum to be held in May to determine dedicated funding mechanisms for the $5.2 billion plan. The open house will beheld at Lentz Public Health Center, 2500 Charlotte Avenue, from 6 to 8pm, and will provide the opportunity to see where commuter rail, light rail, and significant bus improvements are proposed. The plan can also be viewed here.

The HWEN Annual meeting is Thursday, November 9 at 7pm at Belmont...

October Update

October 1, 2017

HUB Nashville — Metro’s comprehensive new customer service system is live! Metro Council and Metro IT have worked for two years to create this one-stop shop that works by phone or online for neighbors to get questions answered and concerns reported. Phone access is simply 311, and online at This great new tool eliminates the need to know multiple Metro phone numbers and e-mail addresses to report Codes violations, missed recycling pick-ups, paving requests, etc. The site provides an option to get follow-up and resolution information and provides council members with a monthly report of what has been logged in.

September Update

September 1, 2017

The HWEN Walking District is here! Signs have gone up designating the Hillsboro West End Neighborhood as a place to drive slowly so pedestrians can safely walk everywhere. Statistics show that an accident involving a pedestrian and a vehicle has a much lower fatality rate if the car is moving at 20 mph rather than 30. In partnership with Metro Public Works and Metro Police, the HWEN traffic committee has worked to increase awareness and safety. Speed limits have been lowered to 25 mph on the major streets like Blair and Natchez Trace and to 20 mph on the side streets....

Hillsboro Village Crosswalk

August 4, 2017

Read the Hillsboro Village Pedestrian Crossing Evaluation.

August Update

August 1, 2017

MTA fare reductions take effect August 1. Mayor Barry announced at the State of Metro address that the transfer fee for the Metro bus system would be eliminated. In the past, changing buses required buying a second ticket. Now, bus riders can request a transfer when they pay their $1.70 fare on a bus, and they will be given a ticket that can be used on any bus for the next two hours. This will also affect the day pass, which will be reduced to $3.25, the week pass $16, and the monthly pass, which will be reduced to $55. More...

July Update

July 1, 2017

District 18 Office Hours — I will be holding District 18 Office Hours on Saturday, July 15, from 9 to 11 at Fido in Hillsboro Village. For those who haven’t run into me in the grocery store and would like an opportunity to discuss issues that are important to you, please stop by and have a cup of coffee with me.

Community Meeting with Paragon Group — The six single family home project at Orleans and Acklen is underway, and a community meeting with the builders, Paragon Group, has been scheduled to talk about the construction schedule, street accessibility during construction, and...

June Update

June 1, 2017

Movies in the Park at Elmington Park will run for the next three Thursdays with an extra rain date at the end. The line-up includes Rogue One, The Secret Life of Pets, and Back to the Future. Food trucks and games start at 5pm, and the movies start at dusk. The park road will be closed on those days beginning at 9pm. Parking for moviegoers will be available at several area churches, but the overflow will spill into the neighborhood. Police will be around to help prevent or ticket blocked driveways or any other potential parking and traffic problems.

Ramadan, the Islamic month...

May Update

May 1, 2017

The Sevier Park Fest is this Saturday, May 5th and 6th! The Fest was created to bring adjacent neighborhoods together to enjoy the neighborhood park. Neighbors from 12South, Belmont - Hillsboro, Sunnyside, and Battlefield are specifically invited, but all are wholeheartedly welcome. The event also raises funds to help make our park and community a better place to enjoy. Proceeds from past events have been used to purchase water fountains for Sevier Park and to remove invasive plants in the park’s creek. There is lots more to do! This year’s Friday night concert headliner is The Lone Bellow, with opening acts...

April Update

April 1, 2017

Neighborhood Pop-Up Traffic Circle — The Belmont-Hillsboro Neighborhood is trying out a new type of traffic calming strategy at the intersection of 15th Ave S and Elmwood. On Saturday, April 1, a group of volunteers met at the site with TURBO Nashville to install a pop-up traffic circle. Designed by traffic engineers and approved by Metro Public Works, this temporary installation will give neighbors a chance to see how driving around a circle can slow traffic in both directions. The circle will be in place for one week while engineers monitor traffic speed. Based on the results and the neighbors’ reactions, we’ll...

March Update

March 1, 2017

Memorial Tree Planting for Betty Nixon — Everyone is invited on March 9 at 11am to the Metro Parks Arbor Day Celebration at the Event Shelter in Centennial Park. A tree will be planted honoring the memory of Betty Nixon, former council member and neighborhood advocate who died late last year.

2017 Preservation Awards — The Metropolitan Historical Commission is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Preservation Awards program, honoring Davidson County’s best preservation projects. The public is invited to submit any building or structure, built no later than 1965, that has been restored, rehabilitated, or carefully maintained over time. The awards...

February Update

February 1, 2017

Friends of Eakin School may all want to provide support for PE Coach Hillary Strickland, whose house was severely damaged in a fire recently. The Eakin PTSO is coordinating efforts and can be reached by email, or neighbors can access a support fund here.

Property Reappraisal Update — The Davidson County Property Assessor met with members of the community on February 1 to discuss the county-wide property reappraisal that was just completed and explain how it could affect property taxes. State law requires a reappraisal of all property in the county every four years to ensure that taxes are based on...

January Update

January 1, 2017

Brush pick-up begins in BHN, Sunnyside, and 12th South on January 4 and in HWEN on January 11.

Walk N Bike — After months of community engagement for input, Walk N Bike—Nashville’s strategic plan for sidewalks and bikeways—will be presented to the public. The draft plan outlines Nashville’s major sidewalk and bikeway needs and a new approach for how to fill those needs. It identifies priority networks for both sidewalks and bikeways, as well as other recommendations to make Nashville a more walkable and bike-able city. There will be a series of meetings following the plan’s release beginning Monday, January 9, at...

December Update

December 1, 2016

The 12th South Winter Warmer 5k Race will once again take place around Sevier Park. Several streets will be closed off for a few hours on Saturday morning. This race benefits Hands On Nashville, as well as Greenways for Nashville and Village Real Estate’s 440 Greenway project! This year’s kids run will benefit Waverly Belmont, Glendale, and Julia Green — our neighborhood elementary schools. Each school will receive their entry fees back as a donation to their PTO. The school with the most participants will be awarded an additional financial donation from 12South Patrons at Play to support their PTO program. Sign your...

November Update

November 1, 2016

The HWEN Annual meeting is Thursday, November 10 at 7 at BUMC. Come learn about the plan to designate HWEN a Walking District.

The Memorial Service for Betty Nixon will be held on Saturday, November 12 at West End Methodist Church at 11 AM. Betty was the council member when HWEN was first formed to fight condemnation of homes in the neighborhood in the name of urban renewal and the original plan for I-440 to be built above ground. She was a fierce advocate for neighborhoods and went on to serve in the Vanderbilt office of government and neighborhood relations....

October Update

October 6, 2016

Brush pick-up starts in BHN, Sunnyside, and 12th South on September 30, and in HWEN on October 7. Place your brush where your garbage is collected — at the curb if your trash is collected there or in the alley if you have alley trash collection. Do not stack brush against trees, fences, utility poles or other stationary objects because the crane on the truck can’t operate around those. Do not place brush, clippings and/or leaves where they can be washed into a storm sewer, catch basin or stream and clog up drainage systems. Street Sweeping will take place in HWEN on or about October...

September Update

September 8, 2016

Middle Tennessee Long-Term Transit Plan — After more than 16 months of public outreach and community engagement, MTA has unveiled its long-term plan. The project team for the strategic planning process, known as nMotion, presented recommendations to the Boards of the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee (RTA). A 30-day public comment period opened immediately after the meeting, and comments will be accepted via the nMotion project website, as well as at a series of upcoming community meetings listed here. Neighbors can attend the community open house onSeptember 15 at West End Middle School from 6 - 8pm....

June Update

June 1, 2016

  1. Congratulations to the owners of six homes in District 18 who were recognized in the Metro Historic Preservation Awards. Homes at 3111 Acklen Avenue, 1512 Paris Avenue, and 2008 19th Ave S were nominated for excellence in home renovations. An honorable mention was awarded to 1511 Dallas Avenue for a rear addition and repairs to the exterior, reversing some non-historic changes to the home and salvaging and reusing materials. 1612 Linden Avenue received an award for a renovation project that replaced and enlarged an early addition to the home. The rehabilitation of 2616 Belmont Boulevard received an award...

May Update

May 1, 2016

May is Nashville Bike Month beginning with Walk & Roll to School Day on May 11. Join Walk Bike Nashville as they celebrate their second annual Walk and Roll to School Day. Among the 13 schools participating will be Waverly Belmont. For questions or if you’re interested in joining, contact Katie Hoovler.

Dragon Parade and Dragon Music Sundays – Join Hillsboro West End Neighbors for their annual Dragon Parade on Sunday, May 15. Neighbors will gather at the Triangle Park at Natchez Trace and Blair at 2:30 and will start marching at 3. Decorated bikes and costumed children will...

April Update

April 1, 2016

The proposed project at the old Belcourt Nursing Home (1710 Belcourt) will be introduced at the Metro Council meeting on April 5 to request a zoning change from RM40 to allow for a 76-unit apartment building. Neighbors have attended two community meetings to learn about the project. While this is a good example of locating density on the corridors, there are still concerns about traffic. I will be meeting with Metro Public Works to discuss possible ways to avoid increased congestion in Hillsboro Village from this project.

The April 5th Council meeting will also include the first reading of the...

Village 21 Construction Progress Report

March 30, 2016

Read the contruction progress report here.

March Update

March 1, 2016

Tulips at Cheekwood — The gardeners at Cheekwood have planted a variety called Colour Spectacle dedicated to District 18. Other districts also have their own special varieties. Take the opportunity to enjoy the emergence of Spring and the official District 18 tulip.

Street Sweeping Schedule — Metro Water Services has a regular schedule for cleaning streets to keep leaves and other debris from clogging the storm water system. Residents can increase the effectiveness of this by moving their cars off the street on sweeping days. The Street Sweeping Schedule is published monthly here.

Annual Preservation Awards — The Metro...

February Update

February 1, 2016

Nashville Reads — Once again, the Nashville Public Library is sponsoring Nashville Reads, a city-wide book club. This year’s book is The Color of Water, the parallel stories of James McBride, one of twelve siblings in the all-black housing projects of Red Hook, Brooklyn, the son of a black minister and of his Jewish mother who would not admit she was white. Around his mother’s narrative, McBride has written a powerful portrait of growing up, a meditation on race and identity, and a poignant, beautifully crafted hymn from a son to his mother. Start reading now to be ready to participate in...

January Update

January 5, 2016

Dear Neighbors,

I hope everyone has enjoyed happy holidays. As we enter the new year, I’m sending news of the district and wishes for a happy and prosperous 2016 for everyone.

Metro Public Works has made arrangements for extra recycling as people clean up after the holidays. Residents can take paper and cardboard to any of the Metro’s recycling drop-off sites. Electronics can be taken to East Convenience Center seven days a week or to Omohundro Convenience Center Tuesday through Saturday free of charge. Christmas trees can be recycled at Elmington Park.

Hillsboro High Renovation or Rebuild – On Thursday,...

Proposed Amendments to Nashville’s Short Term Rental Regulations

January 2, 2016

BL 2015-94 proposes four changes to the existing short term rental regulations found in Metro Code 6.28.030. Please see below for each of the proposed changes and brief comments to provide background and address questions that have come up:

Section 1. That paragraph 6.28.030 B. be revised to read as follows: For the purposes of this section, “owner-occupied” means that the owner of the property permanently resides in the STRP. Detached Accessory Dwelling Units shall not be eligible for owner-occupied status.

This change limits the number of DADU’s that can be used for short term rental. It is in response...

Short Term Rental Property Overview

January 1, 2016

In February 2015, the Metro Council passed BL 2014-909 and 951, which provided definitions and guidelines for the emerging phenomenon of Short Term Rental Property. At that time, Nashville had over 1,000 short term rental properties (VRBO, air bnb, homeaway, Flipkey etc.), most of which had appeared since 2010. Short term rental is actually an important part of our hospitality economy, but the Metro Code was, up to that point, very unclear about how STRPs fit into our zoning laws. After studying what other cities had done to manage the growth of short term rental properties in residential areas and...


Burkley Allen is the perfect candidate for District 18 and Metro Council. She's an experienced, tireless advocate for all aspects of our neighborhoods who's progressive and compassionate. Burkley knows how to listen and how to build consensus. She gets the job done.

Gary Bynum, BHN Board Member
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