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Everything posted by bwithers1

  1. While this was by-right construction, I had asked Powell to design these units as townhome condos. The property owners have continued to express interest in converting them to condos when the financing-required “hold” period is through. I haven’t been inside the units, but that was and has been my understanding of the long-term goals of the property owner. As for utility placements, that was to have been approved by the MDHA Design Review Committee before the Five Points Redevelopment District expired. Some of those details had not been uniformly addressed by MDHA on a few projects in the
  2. The notion that neighborhoods originally developed density only gradually in the early 20th Century as populations gradually increased and that it was relatively affordable for most people to build or buy houses or add commercial buildings serving the neighborhoods is a fantasy that is not supported by historical research. Most housing in the urban historic neighborhoods was built by investor landlords on spec close to the streetcar lines. The population was relatively dense because few people could afford to own property themselves, few owned cars, and in the pre-Nuclear Family era exten
  3. it is EOA: East Nashville resident Tracey Ford. I am glad to see this one starting. This apartment building will share the parking lot with the new two-story office building across McFerrin where DualTone had been located. This design from Powell represents a good “save” because the future of the former Molly Green Salon that stood on this corner was undecided after the building was literally exploded by the tornado. So when that corner parcel was added in to the project after the building next door was already under construction, this design maintains floor heights and some degree of s
  4. The reality is that that area simply isn’t all that walkable and doesn’t have great transit access, either. Just look at the huge amount of parking that East Nashville Beer Works generates. Nashvillians are still very much in the mindset that if four friends meet for a meal or drinks, there are four cars in the parking lot. Granted, there might be some rideshares. It is difficult for business owners, particularly bar or restaurant owners, to push back on that because they risk having empty bar or dining rooms. But this location in particular is one that isn’t going to be particular
  5. Please report that to the Metro Public Health Department with any specific information that you can provide.
  6. Do you mean demolished? I can see that happening. The building was reportedly pretty gross. You might want to contact the Health Department about the rat population, especially if it is extending all the way to hour house three blocks in from Gallatin.
  7. MDHA only works directly on property that they own. Then there are Section 8 voucher properties that are privately owned. Similarly, there are other MDHA grants for HOPWA (people living with AIDS), veterans, etc, and there are MDHA grants to assist senior citizens with home weatherization and things like that. There is a Skyline Redevelopment District along Dickerson that technically could enable MDHA to acquire property through condemnation, but that still requires paying market rates for the property, not to mention court and legal costs. MDHA has been working with private property
  8. The property owner is exploring options for this property (the mulch yard). The big question is what amount of square footage utility services will support, at least until the Cayce Utilities project (sewer/water) is completed in a few years. The South 6th Street sewer project is making progress. Then next phases include South 5th Street and the Crutcher connection.
  9. This is Adam Liebowitz et al. There had been a larger mixed-use proposal for this site years ago. Like maybe a decade ago. I want to say that it had included a charter school and surrounding mixed uses. But that plan fizzled. The entire parcel has MUG-A zoning, so the lack of more intense development here is not due to zoning restrictions. I agree that the owners are waiting for a larger project at the right time. For now, I’ll keep Yeast Nashville! Work should be starting on the “sister building” next door at 918 Main soon. That will include eleven apartments, including two penthous
  10. This one has taken forever. It was started years ago. Then the tornado and other weather disasters. Then I think a fir, too. I feel bad for those guys.
  11. Fieldhouse Jones sustained a whole lot more damage than people might imagine. Realistically, we’re still just over a year out from the March 3rd, 2020 tornado and many businesses have struggled with insurance, and now are having trouble getting materials and labor. That’s what I hear a lot. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. The positive quotes from business owners and workers is refreshing. The fact is that the Dickerson Road Merchants Association has been working for many years to attract this kind of reinvestment. And that has started sporadically. But there is a lot of land there The Planning Department also worked through the Dickerson Road corridor planning studies not too long ago with lots of community and stakeholder input. There are also large sidewalk projects for Dickerson that the Metro Council has approved and are somewhere in the queue for procurement and construction. I know that s
  13. Yesterday the Metro Historic Zoning Commission did approve plans for the mixed-use commercial/townhome proposal at 201 N 11th Street (NEC 11th/Forrest). There was good discussion. I raised the background that the Five Points Redevelopment District was created through community input that was revisited a few times over the course of 30 years. It had specifically called for a mixed-use building on this site that would be constructed to the sidewalk with a two-story base and a possible third floor that would be stepped back. This building meets those parameters. I have worked with the p
  14. Yes, typically it would. The Zoning Administrator would have to confirm, but I believe that you are right. My understanding is that a structure is planned here, although the mix of uses and design have not yet been finalized. There were originally 80 apartments planned for this site and that was reduced to 24 townhomes, I would love to get some of those apartments back at this corner near the bus stop. The. Um er of pedestrians using the new crosswalk at West Greenwood Ave is strong. That crosswalk was needed. It might make sense to leave the sidewalks as-is for the moment if a temporary
  15. The Metro Historic Zoning Commission staff report for the mixed-use project proposal for the vacant parcel at 201 N 11th Street (northeast corner of 11th/Forrest next to PizzaReal) posted today https://www.nashville.gov/Portals/0/SiteContent/MHZC/docs/2021 Meetings/04-21/SR-201-N-11th-Street-April.pdf. The proposal includes a corner ground-floor commercial space with some attached townhomes facing the Forrest Ave frontage. The staff recommendation is for approval with some conditions. I have worked extensively with the property owner, Powell Architects, and the MHZC staff on fine-tuni
  16. Metro has worked on several plans for the East Bank over the decades. The urban renewal project that created James Robertson Parkway even envisioned progress for the East Bank. Then the East Bank Redevelopment District was created in the mid-1990s prior to the stadium construction that cleared most of the area not including PSC. The Civic Design Center included the East Bank in their Plan of Nashville project in the early 2000s. The Metro Parks Riverfront Park Master Plan also included some recommendations for the East Bank. The construction of the Gateway (now KVB) Bridge
  17. Underground power lines were not feasible and so yes, the power grid is above ground. MDHA actually had to pay a significant amount to upgrade the power supply for most of Lower East as part of this project. The new decorative street lighting looks good in the places where it has been installed. That may be the norm once the entire campus is built out but that will be a decade at least.
  18. The two-building commercial infill project at 1000 Woodland Street in Five Points received approval from the Metro Historic Zoning Commission tonight. This project is going to have huge infrastructure costs for storm water. It will also require replacing the sidewalks along both the Woodland and South 10th Street frontages to current standards including planting strips and street trees. That’s a heavy lift for two small buildings. But I am happy about this project and wish the team success. Now I need to continue working with Public Works to improve/extend the sidewalk on the rest of
  19. You are correct about this. The historic contextual setbacks for Gallatin were extremely deep. Many of these parcels were working farms well into the 20th Century. The schools, churches and remaining grand homes were all usually set back on Gallatin north of Eastland. Moving buildings to the sidewalk makes sense in some locations but not others.
  20. The permit for the mixed-use building at 307 S 11th Street (NEC 11th/Lillian) was issued today. This will replace a surface lot. East End neighbor Mark Sanders is the owner and East End neighbor Rich McCoy is the architect. The two-story building will have downstairs retail with upstairs residential and office. I worked with them during the early stages of my Five Points Rezoning Plan to move this parcel to MUL-A zoning. The project will upgrade sidewalks along the South 11th Street frontage to current standards, retain some existing street trees and add new street trees and I believe
  21. I think that this looks pretty nice. It is three smaller retail spaces that address the corner nicely. The amount of grading for the rear parking was quite extensive to level out the lot over the steep grade change. The sidewalk pours are nearing completion and the the crosswalks across Gallatin can be completed.
  22. The Boscobel IV phase includes a large green space to the north in order to preserve the root system of a Nashville Tree Foundation Big Old Tree Contest winner, which I believe is a Cherry Bark Oak. It has a massive canopy. This will be similar to the way that Red Oak Flats and Red Oak Townhomes are designed around champion trees. Otherwise, the scale of this building is going to be impressive. It is taking forever to complete the demolition for this quite large site. This phase will complete construction work on South 6th Street from the historic Gerald Nicely (MDHA HQ) building at
  23. These both look great and would be big improvements over the buildings that sat on those sites previously, although I obviously feel bad for the businesses who had been in those buildings that were destroyed by the tornado. There are some unfortunate underground utility issues in this area and perhaps having 3 McFerrin excavated and redeveloped will allow that long-needed utility work to commence. The 918 Main parcel would have been a good opportunity to consolidate with 916 next door to have that project wrap the corner, because the 916 project presently appears to be shoehorned
  24. The bell tower roof is supposed to be installed tomorrow (Wednesday). It is a close replica of the original that was removed decades ago. This bell tower roof installation requires that NES re-route all of the surrounding neighborhood electrical supply and de-energize those lines adjacent to the building. This is such a great project. Architect Gina Emmanuel, who is an East Nashville neighbor, has been great for this project. I can't wait to see it completed!
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