Neighborhood News

February Update

February 1, 2019

Mixed Use Hotel/Residential Project at Murphy Road and West End

The mixed use hotel/residential project at Murphy Road and West End was up for Public Hearing at the Council meeting on Tuesday, February 5. The proposed Specific Plan was amended to reflect the changes that have been made based on extensive community input. The hearing itself was deferred to March 5 to allow time for neighbors to review the design changes. The project has been redesigned into two shorter towers with the office component now replaced by residential units. This will reduce the impact on traffic, but the project still includes improving the signal timing at West End, adding a traffic light at the I-440 entrance, and providing speed humps for the Love Circle area to discourage cut-through traffic. (Neighbors are circulating a petition around Love Circle, Acklen, and Orleans to educate residents and gauge support). The project has also added restrictions about lighting, signage, building materials, and parking to address concerns expressed by neighbors. A community meeting on January 28 indicated that some neighbors still have concerns so the Council Members have asked for this additional month to ensure that everyone has access to accurate information and that impacts on the neighborhoods are mitigated. An additional community meeting has been scheduled for February 20 at 6 pm at the West End Synagogue. The new plan is available for review before the meeting on the Metro website under BL2018-1258. Click here.

21st Avenue Corridor Study

Work continues on the 21st Avenue Corridor Study. Input from neighbors and property owners indicated that everyone wants the sidewalks improved; some types of mixed use might be a viable option if traffic flow on 21st could be improved at the same time; and growth on the corridor should be tempered by protections for the adjacent neighbors especially with regard to cut-through traffic on side streets, landscape buffering, and commercial building height near homes. The Planning Department is trying to integrate the ideas into a Urban Design Overlay (UDO) for the area that would provide design guidelines, as well as continuing the discussion about a possible zone change from Office Residential (OR20) to Mixed Use (MU) to allow for more flexibility of uses. There will be additional community meetings to review what has been proposed so far and receive further input.

Chinese New Year Celebration!

The Chinese New Year will be welcomed in on Feb 9 with a grand celebration. The Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville is teaming up with many partners to host the Chinese New Year @ Hillsboro Village at the Vanderbilt University’s Corner Park at 21st Ave and Blakemore Ave. There will be professional jugglers, Chinese dance, music & songs, Chinese Yo-Yo, Chinese naming, arts & crafts for children, Asian food vendors, bamboo dance, martial arts, Chinese language students’ presentations in addition to the traditional Chinese lion dance and dragon dance. They also will set up a piglets-adoption station while we are welcoming the Chinese Zodiac Year of Pig. People who are born in the Pig Year tend to be diligent, compassionate, and generous. They have great concentration: once they set a goal, they will devote all their energy to achieving it. This is a free event, open to the public of all ages. The Dragon Parade around the village will conclude the celebration at 2:50 PM. Red streamers and percussive instruments accompany the 60-foot long dragon making cheerful noise and bringing blessings to everyone! Admission is free, but planners ask for registration so they can provide enough of everything. Please register here. In case of rains or heavy snow, activities will move to indoors.

Belmont Community Day

Belmont University celebrates its annual Belmont Community Day on Thursday, February 21, by inviting the neighbors to come watch the Belmont Bruins basketball games. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Reservations can be made online or by calling 615-460-2255. Tipoff for the women’s game is at 5 and for the men’s is at 7. Complimentary hot dogs and popcorn start at 5:30 along with face painting and balloon art. Half-time entertainment will be a rousing Battle of the Drumlines between Pearl-Cohn and Cane Ridge High School.

Islamic Center of Nashville Annual Open House

The Islamic Center of Nashville will begin Black History Month with their fifth annual open house on Monday, Feb 25th at 6pm. This is always a great multicultural experience that includes great food, interesting people, and stimulating topics. All are invited. This year’s recipient of the Breaking Down the Barriers Award is Vanderbilt Vice-Chancellor and former Athletic Director, David Williams.

Blue Ribbon Commission

Last year the Metro Council passed Ordinance BL2018-1184, creating a Blue Ribbon Commission to identify cost savings for the city budget. In January the Commission began its work with a goal of presenting their report to the Council by April 1. The Commission will be meeting on the second and fourth Friday of each month at 11 am at the Metro Courthouse. Citizens are invited to submit ideas about how we as a government can function more efficiently and at lower cost to the taxpayers. The commission has set up the modern version of a suggestion box on the Blue Ribbon Commission website by clicking here. Submissions need to be signed or can be submitted through council members for any constituent who does not want to make their name public. The submission form also includes a checkbox with which employees of Metro and MNPS can identify themselves. The Commission plans to recognize employees that submit the best ideas.

Nashville Reads

Discussions on the Nashville Reads book, “Hidden Figures” begin this month including one with the author on February 19 at the Downtown Public Library and one at Jefferson Street Cafe on February 21, 6 pm, led by Martesha Johnson, Chief Public Defender. Both events are free and open to the public. Nashville Reads is a way of bringing the entire city together to read great literature, to broaden the literary horizons of the city, and to open up a forum for discussion. “Hidden Figures,” by Margot Shetterly, is the phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space, while also sending the quest for equal rights and opportunity rocketing forward. In May 2018, Martesha L. Johnson was elected Nashville Public Defender, the first African American to hold this position.

Walk Bike Nashville Impossible Crossings Campaign

Walk Bike Nashville has launched an Impossible Crossings Campaign to address the growing number of pedestrian fatalities in Nashville and would like to have neighbor support. Twenty-three people were killed walking in both 2017 and 2018, an all time high. Changes can be made to bring this number down and save lives. The campaign has 5 main asks:

  • A formal commitment from Mayor Briley to work to eliminate pedestrian, bike and traffic fatalities and severe injuries.
  • Establishment of a new Pedestrian Safety Program this year, with at least 2 metro public works staff focused on addressing road safety
  • An annual report from the Pedestrian Safety Program to Metro Council
  • At least $1.5 Million to address top crash locations in the Impossible Crossing report.
  • A Vision Zero Action Plan, including an update to crash analysis data at least every two years.

The Council is taking has taken a first step by sponsoring legislation to push Public Works to lower the speed limit on all local streets from 30 mph to 25 mph, with an option for neighborhoods to request 20 mph. HWEN led the way on this with their Walking District pilot, which has provided data to demonstrate that lowering the speed limit does lower the speed. In similar pioneering, BHN is having the first traffic calming circle in the area installed at the intersection of 15th and Elmwood after a successful pilot implemented last year.

I-440 Construction

I-440 construction continues with noise wall projects well under way at the Grove at Whitworth, Linmar Avenue, and Battlefield Drive. These are expected to be completed from mid-to late February. Ramp projects at Murphy Road and 21st Avenue are expected to be completed in March. Construction at these sites will continue to result in traffic shifts, shoulder closures, and intermittent ramp closures between 9pm-5am. The next 30 days will also include preparations for the initial traffic switch to close lanes for the median work and additional roadway maintenance activities for drainage and pavement repairs. Some of this work will require temporary daytime lane closures between 9am-3pm this month. The serious work begins next month:

  • Long-term lane closures for heavy construction are estimated to begin the weekend of March 1. TDOT is advising drivers to prepare for increased drive times along the I-440 corridor and surrounding areas beginning in March until the project completion in August 2020.
  • Starting March 1, the contractor will begin shifting traffic on I-440 in order to work in the median area. This includes restricting traffic to two lanes in each direction during the day and one lane in each direction at night, shortening I-440 merge lanes, and closing roadway shoulders.
  • The traffic shifts in March will kick-off the contractor’s 24-hour-a-day/6-days-a-week operations. The work will begin west of I-65 between the Granny White Pike area and West End Avenue. Residents will be impacted by overnight construction noise.
  • The contractor will move west with operations to I-40 and then continue work from I-65 to I-24. By early spring, the entire corridor is expected to be under heavy construction. The contractor will be removing the elevated grassy median and rubblizing concrete in the inside lanes. The existing deteriorated concrete will be pulverized in place and used as the base for the new asphalt roadway. This will be noisy, but it will eliminate hundreds of dump truck trips hauling out rock and bringing in new aggregate.

Once this work is completed, traffic will be shifted to the inside lanes while crews work on the outside lanes. Updates and more information is available here.

Stormwater

The rain on February 6 broke the record for most rain in a day set in the 1890’s. Our stormwater system was pushed beyond its design capacity, and many people experienced flooding that was to some extent unavoidable. I’ve asked Metro Water Services to look at the areas where the old combined sewer system caused homes to have not just rainwater, but sewerage backing into the house or basement. Metro Water has installed a number of back flow preventers at homes around the area to prevent this, but the volume of rain overwhelmed some of those. Please let me know if your home had sewer back-ups to help identify areas that should be prioritized for backflow preventers in the short run and separation of the system as soon as funding can be allocated.

In Conclusion

I hope everyone is staying warm and dry this winter. Please let me know what is on your mind and how we can make District 18 and Nashville better. burkley.allen@nashville.gov or 615-383-6604.

Regards, 
Burkley Allen 
Metro Council 18th District

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...

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 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