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  1. No: The way that the Capital Spending Plans are done are that large buildings are funded in "chunks" rather than all in one fiscal year. So an initial $20M was included in the Capital Spending Plan a few years ago. The project was still in design phase which was just completed not that long ago. The remaining approximately $17M to complete the project is being funded in the current Capital Spending Plan. This was never a $20M project: it is about a $37M project that is being funded in two allocations.
  2. This announcement is exciting and opens up a few possible uses for MDHA, none of which has been decided yet. The most recent Envision Cayce Town Hall presentation includes most things that are under construction or nearly complete (Boscobel I or Mosely on 6th is in move-in stage right now) after the Kirkpatrick Park apartments and Explore School were opened http://www.nashville-mdha.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Envision-Cayce-CAG-Resident-Townhall-16-Jan-2020-FINAL-Presentation-1-13-20.pdf. The library funding is not yet confirmed but we are working on that. Overall, once all of these projects join Kirkpatrick Park in being fully occupied we will be about one quarter of the way done with the Envision Cayce Master Plan implementation.
  3. This one really has taken forever. I feel bad for the tenants. I worked with them quite a while back on a BZA variance appeal because unfortunately it is not possible to construct sidewalks to current standards on this site without demolishing the building or severly limiting access to the existing parking. But even after that item was resolved, there have been a number of issues with this building including the water infrastructure being located on the parcel north of this one. The parcels were subdivided back in the day but easements were not done properly in order to grant access to the water/sewer equipment for this building once the northern portion of the parcel was subdivided out. So we had to do some work with Metro Water to address those issues. There have been other issues as well, all of which have really delayed the opening of this business. My understanding is that the project will be required to add a crosswalk across Woodland Street here, which is needed. But Woodland Street really needs a comprehensive infrastructure makeover all the way from downtown to Five Points. I am actually working with Walk Bike Nashville, the Mayor's Office and some other organizations to prepare for that effort, which we hope to start soon through the implementation of a grant. This grant will prompt a comprehensive look at 5th, 10th and Woodland in a fashion not unlike what I have undertaken with the East Nashville Neighborways project for which the steering committee is finalizing recommendations over the next few weeks.
  4. I introduced legislation approving this location for the Davidson County Sheriff's Office headquarters back in 2016 https://www.nashville.gov/mc/resolutions/term_2015_2019/rs2016_469.htm. It was later funded at about $20M in a Capital Spending Plan, but that was only a portion of the total funding needed for the project. Metro historically has often broken building projects into two or more capital funding "chunks," and this one is no different, but it was raised during last year's mayoral campaign debates about Metro financing practices. Quite a bit of logistical work had to be done to separate out this land area from the Public Works Department's area of this same parcel before construction could begin. The Jerry Newson Center has been demolished and now work is progressing quickly. Mayor Cooper has included the remaining $17M in funding for this project in his Capital Spending Plan that he is submitting to Council for our consideration. With the building being at this stage of construction, it would seem likely that this funding is all but guaranteed to be included in the Capital Spending Plan that the Metro Council will approve. I believe that it is anticipated to open sometime in early 2021.
  5. I have greatly enjoyed working with Ray Dayal on approvals for his 11-story LaQuinta Inn and Suites that is currently under construction on Interstate Drive. I would welcome an opportunity to work with Mr. Dayal on a full-service hotel offering on this site that activates the street. With the proper infrastructure in place, such hotel facility could help to transform this section of Woodland into a walkable and bikeable multi-modal corridor to get residents and visitors alike safely and quickly through this thoroughfare even when Titans games or other Nissan Stadium events are taking place across the street.
  6. Interesting. Between that and the former Steak & Pizza that is now Once Upon A Time In France, these are examples of buildings that I can't imagine anyone salvaging for any reason being repurposed into restaurant spaces. This is a good location virtually across Gallatin from the Nashville Biscuit House, and perhaps it will give them a bit of a run for their money. We most definitely need more breakfast spots in East Nashville. I do wonder whether neighbors here would oppose a beer sales permit minimum distance waiver as we saw for the building at Gallatin/Chicamauga. A neighbor led quite the campaign to oppose that beer sales permit and folks testified at the Metro Council public hearing on the resolution that they feared having intoxicated people walking on Gallatin Ave. Never
  7. @[email protected] Cayce is presently about 25% complete or under construction including Explore school, Kirkpatrick Park Apartments, Boscobel I (Mosley on 6th), Boscobel II and Boscobel III (Red Oak Flats and Townhomes). Barrett Manor is technically not part of the Envision Cayce mixed-income housing endeavor because it was funded separately using a LIHTC grant. Those 70 affordable housing units at Barrett Manor are on top of the one-for-one replacement of subsidized units that are being undertaken in Envision Cayce, and so while Cayce residents have moved into those units, MDHA is still committed to replacing all of the subsidized units with the Barrett Manor units representing a net increase of 70 affordable housing units once the project is complete. Boscobel IV may start to get us above that 25% completion line. But don't forget about all the CWA housing which is also part of Envision Cayce. This is a whole lot of housing yet to be built. Unfortunately, the proposed YMCA branch on South 5th Street is now off the table. We'll keep trying to bring services and job opportunities directly to the Cayce campus.
  8. Not sure whether this has been posted before: this is the presentation from the January 2020 Envision Cayce Town Hall http://www.nashville-mdha.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Envision-Cayce-CAG-Resident-Townhall-16-Jan-2020-FINAL-Presentation-1-13-20.pdf. Designs for the Red Oak Towns townhome development start on page 10. The Boscobel IV is in very early preliminary stages. I am still meeting with Metro Departments, the Mayor's Office and MDHA on the library part.
  9. @[email protected]@LA_TN In Edgefield, South 6th Street, South 7th Street, Russell Street and Boscobel Street were all dis-connected from the street grid at some point probably in the third quarter of the 20th Century. This leaves only Fatherland as an east-west through street and only South 8th and 9th Streets as through north-south streets. Which is also why the cut-through traffic funnels through Fatherland, 8th and 9th Streets, which is why we are now needing to look at traffic calming for those streets. Disconnecting the street grid sometimes is necesary but often moves the traffic problem a block over, etc, and concentrates or creates new problems on those streets. One downside of gating off Fatherland Street near 10th would actually be that Edgefield residents would then have to use Russell and Boscobel to get out of their neighborhood, which would create safety and visibility concerns for them since those intersections are offset and sharply angled. It would also intensify vehicular traffic on the 800- and 900-blocks of Russell and Boscobel, which is the exact opposite of what residents on those streets would want. Frustrating conversation, indeed. In my hometown of Dayton, OH some streets were gated or dis-connected in an effort to control crime. The problem is that once crime takes hold on those blocks the residents themselves are trapped. Theefforts are too often permanent solutions to short-term problems or concerns that can be resolved by other means that still retains street connectivity.
  10. @AronGYes, we need folks who do support things to participate in community meetings and public hearings. They have just as much of a voice and a vote as opponents, but that means nothing if they do not exercise their voice and vote.
  11. @AronG Well that community meeting was a s**t show. Edgefield neighbors want to gate off the Fatherland Street and alley access in an effort to "preserve neighborhoods against commercial intrusion" that they perceive would occur by constructing a mixed-use building on a corner parcel that has a mixed-use policy in place. And even for the detached houses on the Fatherland Street frontage: nothing more than one story. I totally lost my temper.
  12. A redevelopment proposal for the former Five Points Fellowship Church parcel at 210 S 10th Street (northwest corner of 10th/Fatherland) will be presented at Tuesday's Historic Edgefield Neighborhood Association meeting. The parcel has a T4-Urban Neighborhood Center policy but the base zoning is still R8. The zone change request is for a Specific Plan zoning that will include a corner commercial (retail/office) building with some townhouses and/or detached houses as well as a rear parking lot accessed off of Fatherland Street. I have already met with the owners and architect as well as with Planning and Historic staff to talk about this proposal in an earlier iteration. The numbers appear not to be working as well for residential as for commercial and so in discussions so far the office space portion of the proposal has been increasing in size while the residential unit count has been shrinking. These are the same owners who developed the townhouses next door a few years ago so they are familiar with the site, the neighborhood and the local construction/leasing market. The community meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 28th at 7:00 PM at East Park Community Center in case anyone is interested in attending to learn more. This is a prominent corner, so I am hoping to gather community input fairly early. If the SP zone change request moves forward it would have a total of four public hearings, but it is best to garner as much community feedback as possible before the owner files the application or at least early in the process.
  13. @Nashville Cliff I have not been contacted by the new owners, but they are well known for quality adaptive reuses around town. My understanding is that they are building out the plan that was approved several years ago as a preliminary SP. The final site plan had not been approved, and so there may be some final details that have yet to be worked out. particularly with the exterior grounds site plan.
  14. The early drawings for the Red Oak Townhomes in Envision Cayce were revealed at yesterday's Envision Cayce Town Hall. I can't recall whether those have been posted on here, but MDHA has them now. EOA Architects is working on those to coordinate with the Red Oak Flats project next door. Very contemporary in style. Cayce resident and community member feedback at yesterday's Envision Cayce Town Hall was positive.
  15. Thanks for sharing, @DJIII. Eastminster Presbyterian Church experienced a tragedy when they lost their church building due to arson a few years ago now. They have since been worshipping in our building at Woodland Presbyterian across from the East Library. Eastminster is an unique congregation that holds bilingual services. There were many delays on the sale of this property and I am glad to see things moving forward for them so that they can move on. I know that both North By Northeast and SmithGee will do a good job with this project once it is approved.
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