Neighborhood News

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 be music stages, street vendors, outdoor activities, as well as the usual businesses along the street without the traffic. Come stroll, bike, or scoot along 12th Ave. South and Edgehill, support the local businesses, and envision how Nashville can grow in ways that are less dependent on the automobile.

BHN Night Out Against Crime

The BHN Night Out Against Crime is October 9 at 6:30 pm. Tim Holman will hold another Security Camera presentation with updated information at MidTown Hills Precinct.

I-440 Construction

The I-440 construction begins in earnest this fall. The project will replace the pothole-prone concrete with new asphalt, improve the exit ramp at Hillsboro Road, provide three travel lanes along the entire length, and replace the grassy berm with concrete barriers that are better at preventing median crossings. The project is expected to take two years to complete. Surveying begins this month, which will cause lane closures at night.

The lights will be replaced with new LED fixtures. The current specification calls for LED lights with a color spectrum of 4000 K. This is the very bright white kind of light, which has been shown to have a negative impact on sleep. I am trying to influence this decision, by calling for a more flexible specification based on the lighting level at the road surface. I’d appreciate back-up from any neighbors who would be willing to write TDOT at TDOT.Comments@tn.gov asking that they replace the single source lighting spec with a more general one that allows for the warmer color spectrum. This does not compromise safety, will have less impact on the adjacent neighborhoods, and could also save taxpayer money by allowing competitive bidding.

Two community meetings on the overall project will be held in October. The first is Thursday, October 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Granny White Pike Church of Christ, 3805 Granny White Pike. The second is Wednesday, October 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at West Police Precinct at 5500 Charlotte Pike.

Development in The District

The Catholic Diocese property on 21st Avenue has finally been bought by a local developer. The new owner can build around 40 single family homes on the 2 acres under the current zoning. These would most likely be high-end brownstone type townhomes. After a meeting with the neighbors on Linden and Beechwood, the owner is looking at other mixed-use options that might add more amenities to the neighborhood in a way that doesn’t add to traffic issues on 21st or the side streets.

Although not actually in District 18, a proposed project at Murphy Road near West End would add a 16 story hotel/office/retail building on the site of the Fifth Third Bank. A community meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 15, 6 pm at the West End Synagogue (3810 West End) to discuss scale, materials, and other design issues. At a meeting on October 3rd, neighbors discussed possible traffic calming measures, and traffic engineers are working on an plan to possibly install speed humps around the Love Circle area to discourage cut-through traffic and reduce speeding. The developer has offered to contribute funding for this to reduce the impact of the new project on the neighborhood.

21st Avenue Corridor Planning Study

After a number of meetings between BHN and HWEN leaders and the Planning staff, we are officially beginning a 21st Ave Corridor Planning Study. The purpose of the study is to take a comprehensive look at the zoning and policy along the corridor in light of the potential for development. The end result would be a shared vision for growth that is in line with NashvilleNext and is agreeable to owners, developers, and neighbors. This is a tall order, but it is likely to succeed if we have a skillfully facilitated discussion before any project is pending and critical. Although much of the property is ripe for development, only the Diocese property is imminent, and we hope that we can loop that into this conversation before its design is set. The process will include staff meetings with a Steering Committee followed by an extensive community engagement process. The Steering Committee will have six representatives from the two neighborhoods and six people representing property owners and developers. The proposed scheduled is listed below:

DATE, TIME, ATTENDEES, LOCATION, GOAL\ Oct 17, 6 pm, Kick- Off Community Meeting\ Oct 29, 6 pm, Visioning Community Meeting\ Oct 30, 8 am–4 pm, Planning Design Studio Open House\ Oct 31, 8 am–12 pm, Planning Design Studio Open House\ Nov 1, 6 pm, Community Meeting for Presentation of Proposed Plan

All meetings will be at the at the Martin Professional Development Center, 2400 Fairfax Avenue.

I hope neighbors will make plans to attend as many of the community meetings as possible. These will help shape the future of 21st Avenue from Magnolia to Woodlawn.

Street Sweeping

The Street Sweeping Schedule is published monthly on Metro’s Open Data website. You can check it here. Moving cars off the street on sweeping day will help Metro Water Services get debris and leaves off the street before they end up in the storm sewer system and clog things up. And since it is about to be fall, please remember not to blow your leaves into the street. Metro will pick them up if they are bagged in compostable bags, which can be bought at everyone’s favorite Hardware Store (Hillsboro Hardware). That also makes it a great time of year to Adopt-A-Storm-Drain, click here to learn more. Pick a storm drain near you and commit to keeping it free of sticks, leaves, and trash to keep our water ways clean and help prevent flooding on your street during heavy rains.

Get Out and Vote!

The last day to register to vote in the upcoming state election is October 9. Early voting begins October 17 at all early voting locations, including the Howard Office Building and at the Green Hills Library. Early voting runs through November 1. Election Day is November 6. Your vote matters!

Free Trees!

The Nashville Tree Foundation is giving away free trees at local Farmers Markets. They will be at Richland Park on Saturday, October 6. Larger trees need to be reserved ahead of time at by clicking here. They will also have smaller trees for walk-up tree-lovers that day. Trees provide shade, wildlife habitat, stormwater retention, and peace.

District 18 Office Hours

I will hold District 18 Office Hours on Saturday morning, October 27 from 8 to 10 at Dose at 3431 Murphy Road. Neighbors are invited to join me for coffee and scones to chat about issues of concern or suggestions to make our neighborhood and city better. I’ll have a laptop ready to give demonstrations of Metro’s on-line customer service portal, HUB Nashville, and the Open Data Portal. Afterwards neighbors are invited to join me at the Greenway Ribbon Cutting.

I-440 Greenway

The long awaited second section of the I-440 Greenway will be officially opened with a Ribbon Cutting on October 27 at 10:30 at the Elmington Park trailhead at the corner of Bowling and West End. This section provides a safe and enjoyable bike route from Elmington Park through Sylvan Park to Centennial Park. The first section of the I-440 Greenway was installed in 2013 running from 10th Avenue South to 12th South near Sevier Park. Future sections will connect the two existing segments to the Browns Creek Greenway at the Fairgrounds, and the final piece will run through HWEN and BHN to create a continuous bike path along the entire length of I-440. This fulfills a commitment made when the design of I-440 was revised to reduce its impact on the neighborhood. We are all indebted to Gene Teselle, Betty Nixon, Jan Bushing, and other pioneers of neighborhood advocacy for having the vision to include this in the agreement.

In Conclusion

I hope your Fall is off to a great start. Please let me know what is on your mind at burkley.allen@nasvhille.gov or 615-383-6604.

Regards, 
Burkley Allen 
Metro Council 18th District

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 hub.nashville.gov. 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...

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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
Gary Bynum