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  1. bnaflyer

    West End/Mid Town/Music Row/Vandy Projects

    I understand the likely long term use of the block on Broadway is for Vanderbilt graduate student housing of some sort.
  2. bnaflyer

    West End/Mid Town/Music Row/Vandy Projects

    The Chancellor has stated publicly that the ultimate use will be for graduate student housing. How quickly that will happen is unclear. But I don't think it will just be used for parking.
  3. Just to clarify--Bernhardt was director of the Metro Planning Department, not MDHA. MDHA does not have responsibility for zoning.
  4. bnaflyer

    West End/Mid Town/Music Row/Vandy Projects

    Ha in my defense he edited his initial remarks and made them better reasoned! I don't dislike density per se. I would argue you have an irrational preference for density above all else. There is something to mass, scale, relationship to existing structures and yes, air and light, in an urban setting--particularly an area that consists of multifamily, single family, business and commercial uses coexisting in close proximity (as they have for decades in this part of town). Everything doesn't have to look like downtown and you can have setbacks and restrictions on height without becoming suburban! Basically, you are arguing for no zoning at all because the current code contains all of these restrictions. What the developer wants to do here is not permitted as of right and our willingness to excuse every developer of every uninspiring apartment complex from the requirements of the zoning code seems strange. The zoning for this property is RM40 which would permit around 30 units on this fairly small parcel. That's hardly suburban. The 70+ units that are proposed are desirable only if you believe higher density is the sina qua non of all development. I don't. As for whether our current planning regime knows what it is doing, I simply point you to West End Park.
  5. bnaflyer

    West End/Mid Town/Music Row/Vandy Projects

    OK OK I get it--you all just love buildings built all the way to the sidewalk, and anyone who feels differently should be exiled to the suburbs to wither away in lonely obscurity. And anyone who thinks Nashville isn't doing a great job of planning is just a hick. Message received.
  6. bnaflyer

    West End/Mid Town/Music Row/Vandy Projects

    I agree that the current site is nothing to be excited about and apartments are a much better use of the land. I also agree that the design is totally uninspired and looks like every other building built in the last five years. But what are you going to do about that--you can't force people to build interesting buildings although it is disappointing when they don't try harder. With respect to the setback, what you don't see in the drawing is the context or a comparison with current setbacks. This project is 10-15 feet closer to the sidewalk than the existing building and substantially closer to the sidewalk than the adjacent and nearby properties. So it will look out of place and "oversized" for the lot. This is not just my opinion--it was the opinion of the minority of the Planning Commission (I can't remember the vote, but it wasn't unanimous) and at the 2nd council reading it was announced that the developers and the council member are going to continue discussions to try to make the setback more consistent with the existing neighborhood. Also I think the rendering is a little deceptive in terms of how it depicts the setback. My earlier point about the number of units was that the developer has crammed 70 plus units onto a lot that really should hold about 30 units, and he does that in part by building closer to the sidewalk.
  7. bnaflyer

    West End/Mid Town/Music Row/Vandy Projects

    Respect Respectfully, I think you missed the class in urban planning on air and light. Even Manhattan building codes have setbacks (although they vary by neighborhood). Hillsboro Village is not downtown. All "urban neighborhoods" do not have to consist of towering buildings built to the sidewalk. This is one of the problems in Nashville today--neither the development staff nor a lot of interested amateurs has a very sophisticated understanding of urban planning. They seem to think all "urban" built environments should look the same. If you have any evidence that setbacks increase crime, let me know. But I guess the best evidence that our current development regime isn't working very well comes from the fact that every single day someone spontaneously comments about how unlivable this city is becoming. If we are doing such a great job, why are so many people unhappy? And let me add these are people (like me) who love urban living.
  8. bnaflyer

    West End/Mid Town/Music Row/Vandy Projects

    Well, I DO live in the neighborhood, and have lived there for 20 years, so allow me to say that I have a lot of problems with this development. It is overbuilt for the lot and the setback (which I do not believe the rendering accurately depicts) is not sufficient. This is a classic example of how our planning process is broken (which I blame on the planning staff). This developer could build 30 plus units on this property as of right, yet somehow has convinced planning that 76 units is just fine, with basically no setback. As you admit, the "affordable" apartments are a joke and just a ploy to make the project more palatable.
  9. bnaflyer

    West End/Mid Town/Music Row/Vandy Projects

    Doesn't this look more or less like every new apartment building constructed in Nashville over the last three years? I am glad they put the number on the side. Otherwise, it would be completely indistinguishable from the others. Will look better than the dilapidated nursing home (I suppose), but disappointing for a high traffic corridor.
  10. Yes this is one of those designs that does not improve with age. At all. It actually looks worse now than it did when it was first released.
  11. I don't think this comment is either fair or factual. I can't speak for others, but I am successful financially, and well-educated, and I live within a mile of this project, in a single-family house that has escalated in value beyond all imagining. But I understand what these commenters are lamenting. While Historic Nashville is sometimes guilty of painting with too broad a brush (every old building is not "historic"), people on this board often don't seem very discriminating about good development vs. mediocre development. Nashville has a lot of the latter and not that much of the former. Cheaply built crap that is just a rehash of other plans (e.g., the Encore building, the bottom of which already looks like something in Eastern Europe) is not necessarily something to get excited about when it replaces an early 20th century streetscape. Again, I agree that the preservationists sometimes go too far, but maybe some on this board should give some thought to the qualities that make a city memorable or even distinguishable from every other city in the world. These old buildings are a big part of the character of the city. There should be a way to encourage development (on empty lots, for example, which we have plenty of) while at least preserving some of our historic streetscapes. But anyway, regardless of where you stand on this issue, I don't think it's fair to say that these are just bitter po' folks.
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    Nashville International Airport

    I'm no expert on graphic design, but the signage at BNA looks extremely dated. As in 1980s.
  13. bnaflyer

    West End/Mid Town/Music Row/Vandy Projects

    FYI, BZA approved the sky plane variance for this 18th Avenue South project (across from Vanderbilt Commons) at yesterday's meeting. It is a high quality project (2000-3000 sf condos) with ESA as the architect. If it happens, it will be good for the neighborhood and certainly better than the burned-out, abandoned house that was on the property before being razed a few days ago.
  14. bnaflyer

    West End/Mid Town/Music Row/Vandy Projects

    Query: Has there ever been a real estate project in Nashville that was NOT a "luxury" project?....... It is funny how the paper always accepts and repeats that label without any explanation of what makes the development "luxurious."
  15. bnaflyer

    Hillsboro & Acklen - coming down to go up...

    I have lived two blocks from Hillsboro Village for many years. I am dismayed by these plans. To get an idea of what we may be in store for, just look at the HG Hill development that now houses the Pancake Pantry. A more architecturally nondescript building is hard to imagine--squandering a major corner that had real potential. If we end up with the same bland architecture on the opposite side of the VIllage we will have traded unique buildings for a building that could be anywhere. Also, does anyone really believe that anachronistic little shops like Peabody Shoe Repair are going to be able to relocate in the nearby area? These locally owned small businesses will be gone. This is a really sad development.