Rosemary-Beauty Queen Update

A proposed restaurant and bar on Forrest Avenue near Five Points has delayed its opening while the project team — largely comprised of movers and shakers in the music and hospitality industries — works through a series of challenges involving Metro approvals.

The Rosemary and Beauty Queen initially targeted a fall 2016 opening for what was described as one restaurant and bar inside the historic home at 1102 Forrest, and a second rooftop bar atop a garage at the back of the lot.

The project was slowed when Metro issued a stop work order for unapproved construction taking place on the garage. In turn, resistance followed from the Metro Historic Zoning Commission. While a compromise was eventually reached, which would have enclosed the rear rooftop bar, ownership has since taken an appeal into the courts.

The conflict has also demanded the attention of the neighborhood association, as the rooftop bar’s potential height and design raised broader questions about enforcement of zoning and overlay guidelines.

LSNA Treasurer’s Review

This year our financial goal was to increase our spending on grants that would help to educate, enhance safety, build community, and beautify the neighborhood. We gifted a record $6,662 to local projects, an increase of more than $4,000 from the prior year. Due to membership renewals and our 38th Annual Home Tour we continue to be in a strong financial position.

LSNA Honors Best Holiday Light Displays

The winners of the 2nd annual LSNA Holiday Lights contest have been selected and the competition was tough. For the second straight year, Lockeland’s own version of Clark Griswald won again for the fantastic display at 1623 Woodland St. Thank you to all for the hard work and planning that went into your light displays this year. The winners will receive gift cards to area businesses.

 

1st Place 1623 Woodland St.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Place 317 S. 14th St.

3rd Place 1116 Ordway Pl.

38th Annual Home Tour Tickets Now On Sale

The 38th annual Lockeland Springs Home Tour will be held the weekend of December 3rd and 4th. Tickets for the home tour are $15 and may be purchased online or at one of the following locations:

UPDATED: Online tickets sales have closed. Tickets may be purchased in person for Day 2 beginning at 12:30p on Sunday at the Woodland Presbyterian Church, 211 N. 11th St.

This year’s tour features nine wonderful homes of varying architectural styles and ages, plus the 98 year-old Woodland Presbyterian Church. Funds raised during the tour are reinvested back into neighborhood projects and grants made to non-profit organizations making a difference to our community.

The tour hours will be Saturday Dec. 3rd from 5p-9p and Sunday Dec. 4th from 1p-4p. Tickets purchased online may be picked up at the will call desk at Woodland Presbyterian Church beginning 30 minutes prior to the start of the tour on both days.

For more info and to see an interactive tour map, click here.

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1214 Ordway

Retail building and micro-apartments proposed

A sizable redevelopment is being considered for the 1400 block of Fatherland Street, potentially bringing commercial space, single-family homes, and micro-apartments to one of the neighborhood’s most unusual geographic areas.

Render_fatherland looking east.psdThe project would involve five properties, including several small homes that currently occupy “The Cut” — the land depression that’s bordered by 14th ,15th, and Fatherland streets, across from The 4 Way Market.

Fatherland Partners — consisting of Chris Seay and Daniel Fell — along with Powell Architects, are considering a rezoning request to increase the density.

In two neighborhood presentations, the group has proposed up to 8,000 square feet of commercial construction at the corner of Fatherland and 14th (replacing the dilapidated stone veneer building there now).

The more unique part of the plan would fill most of the block along Fatherland.

In that stretch, the land currently slopes like a cliff, with several small homes and apartments located at the bottom of the hill, below street level.

An early proposal calls for reworking the terrain so that four homes can be located on Fatherland. But instead of placing these on stilts, or creating bridges from the street, the homes would actually be on top of a three-story apartment building with up to 30 units between 300 and 500 square feet.

From the back of the property in the alley, the apartments would appear as a stair-step.

A parking garage of roughly 60 spots would also be tucked up underneath the development, for both residents and the commercial corner.Render_fatherland looking west.psd

“I wouldn’t come asking you for density if I wasn’t offering something the neighborhood wants,” Seay said. “We’re trying to do something that serves the greater community.”

The response thus far has been mixed. Several have applauded the innovative idea, and the openness of the discussion — which has started before the developers have approached Metro with plans.

Some neighbors closest to the proposal have concerns about the density and increased competition for parking, as well as changes to the flow of traffic on Fatherland.

The developers, and Councilman Brett Withers, said it could take months for the proposal to work through the rezoning process, plus other potential reviews.

For more information, or to share comments, write to seayfatherland@gmail.com.

Nashville Transit Triathlon set for Saturday

From sidewalks to greenways to buses, all modes of transportation eventually connect to form a complete trip. And as it so happens, all of Nashville’s most important master-plans for the greenest and cleanest modes are due for a major update this year.

To help the city make the best possible plans around our future mobility needs, we need to hear from you: Mayor Megan Barry invites you to Nashville’s Transit Triathlon on Saturday, August 27 from 11am-1pm.

Join the Mayor in riding the bus, walking, and biking your way to East Park at 600 Woodland Street. There, you can enjoy free food, family activities, and giveaways while providing input on Metro’s mobility plans: nMotion (transit), WalkNBike(sidewalks & bikeways) and Plan to Play (parks & greenways) on a giant map of Nashville.

Community center, literacy program, Divine Arts Cafe awarded grant

The Lockeland Springs Neighborhood Association board has voted to give $5,400 in grants to four local non-profits. Since 2013, the Lockeland Springs Neighborhood Association has supported local projects that educate, enhance safety, build community, and beautify the neighborhood.

 

Shelby Community Center

SCC 01The Shelby Community Center will receive $2,400 toward purchasing two moveable, height-adjustable basketball hoops for youth and family leisure use. The hoops will also be used for organized activities during the afterschool program at the Shelby Community Center and for league play for kids ages 4 to 6.  The mission of the Community Center is “to provide a variety of age and ability appropriate programs in a safe and enjoyable environment, while encouraging positive experiences through recreational activities based on the needs of the diverse communities we serve.”

 

Divine Art Cafe

Divine 02The Divine Art Cafe provides culinary training for individuals in recovery and those with disabilities, as well as outreach and inclusion for the community’s elderly. The Divine Art Cafe was awarded $1,000 towards the purchase of a commercial refrigerator. The cafe opened in August 2015 with the goal of becoming a place for the community to gather and enjoy good food and coffee while supporting those who are often marginalized by society. The cafe is located across from Rite-Aid in the back of the 604 Gallatin Ave. building.  

 

Give Me 10

Give Me 10 02Give Me 10 is a community led movement to address the issue of hunger among children in East Nashville.  The $1,000 grant will be used to help Give Me 10’s efforts this summer to provide meals and snacks to the Maplewood High School football team. More than 89% of the students at Maplewood are considered economically disadvantaged and rely on school breakfast and lunch. In the summer, consistent access to healthy food and meals can be a challenge for them.

 

East Nashville Hope Exchange

Hope Exchange 02For the second year running, the LSNA board has awarded a grant to the East Nashville Hope Exchange.  The ENHE will receive $1,000 to assist its work strengthening literacy for at-risk children in East Nashville. Their summer program serves children from kindergarten through 4th grade and focuses on intensive literacy assistance. The program is tuition-free and breakfast and lunch are provided to the students. Year-round programming builds on and continues the work begun in the summer program by following and supporting the students and families during the school year.

 

The annual grant application deadline is April 30.

Holster Your Decibel Meters — Ascend Amphitheatre Following Rules

Sound travels in bizarre ways.

That’s one of the official findings as part of the ongoing monitoring of sound levels emanating from Ascend Amphitheatre.

In an exclusive interview with The Fountain, Councilman Brett Withers says the venue has thus far complied with an agreement to limit decibel readings at the ampitheatre’s property line to no more than 98dB.

That’s not to say rock ‘n’ rollers are holding back.Ascend-ampatheater-areal

Withers says the Grammy-winning Alabama Shakes, in particular, drew some questions and complaints
this spring. But their rhythm section managed to exhaust the limits of the rules without going over, according to official measurements that night.

“Sound travels in such bizarre ways, that you can hear it on some blocks and not others,” Withers said.

He recounted an evening when he was downtown and couldn’t he
ar the theater from four blocks away, but then, from the neighborhood, could hear some of tones from the same concert at a distance of more than 2 miles away.

Pro tip: sometimes, if you open your windows and doors, you’ll hear it less, thanks to the sterling ambience of the wildlife in our tree canopy.

Staffers with Metro Parks have been taking readings throughout Lockeland Springs and new permanent decibel meters are now being installed at Ascend.

“It would seem to be the case that, so far … they are actually within that agreement,” Withers said. “We’re trying to get as many of these readings over the course of the year and we’ll try to monitor it.”

Questions and requests for sound readings should be directed to Jim.Hester@nashville.gov — and please include your address.

President’s Corner: Tempting Fate … And Sticky Fingers

President’s Corner: Tempting Fate … And Sticky Fingers

by Hans Schmidt, LSNA President

HPSI have lived in Lockeland Springs for several years now, so I guess it was bound to happen eventually: my bike was stolen from my back porch.
This, of course, was not the first time I’ve experienced a theft. The first time I realized someone had rummaged through my car was not long after we moved to East Nashville. One night, I was outside late with the dog when I saw a gentleman walking down the street in our direction. It was only when he got closer that I realized he was going down the row of parked cars checking to see which ones were unlocked. By the time I ran inside to get my phone, he was long gone. To their credit, the police responded quickly.
About three years ago, I walked out of the house one morning only to find an empty street where my car had been parked the night before. Gone! The ensuing exchange with the police officer who came to take my report was actually kind of embarrassing:
Officer (not seeing any broken glass on the street): “Was the car unlocked?”
Me: “Yes… and, um, there was a spare key in the console.”
Officer (pause): “Uhuh, well …”
I nearly felt compelled to explain that I really was not trying to get the car stolen. No; instead, in a moment of laziness or forgetfulness — or both — I managed to leave the spare key in an unlocked car at the same time and on the same night that someone decided to see which cars on my street were unlocked. Two days later it was recovered, none the worse for wear (for the most part). I guess the thieves either were unimpressed with my older vehicle or they had to dump it in a hurry — they left a nearly full pack of Marlboros in it. I threw them away; it was a small measure of justice. The most annoying part of that episode was having to pay over $100 to get the car out of the Metro impound lot.
Now, back to my bicycle. Honestly, I am pining for my lost bike more than I did for my car. It may sound silly, but it feels more personal. Maybe it’s because it was stolen off my back porch, just a few steps from the kitchen door and before 9:00 p.m. even.
With the car, if it gets stolen, you figure that’s what insurance is for and really, a car is a car. Sure, a car gets me from place to place, but a bike, that’s different. You cannot cruise around Shelby Bottoms and get a bird’s eye view of the Cumberland River from the pedestrian bridge in your car.
Mine was a white/silver Trek road bike that I got used from Halcyon Bike Shop at a good price. Just the day before it was stolen, we had gone on our first bike ride of the summer and were looking forward to many more. If you were wondering, no, it was not locked up. That’s what makes it sting all the more; the feeling that I would still have it if only I had been more careful and not let my guard down even this one time. Our neighborhood has seen dramatic changes over the last few years, but, unfortunately, some things remain the same.
So I will close this month with some “presidential” advice (actually, it’s the same message I’ve heard expressed by East Precinct Commander Imhof and Sgt. Fisher on several occasions): Don’t leave valuables in plain sight in your vehicles; secure your cars, bikes, lawnmowers, and similar property; don’t get into the habit of thinking, “I’m sure it will be fine that I left [fill in the blank] out tonight; I’ve left it out before and nothing happened.” You’re tempting fate and one day… (see above).
Jot down serial numbers (I didn’t before but do now) because they will be helpful if something is stolen. After the police report was filed, I got a call from an officer that put a description of my bike into a database used by the police and pawnbrokers. If someone ever tries to pawn my bike, then it should be entered into the database. The officer said he was an avid rider and would notify me if he anything pops up so we can check it out to see if it’s mine.
I’m still holding out some hope that it might turn up that way. The more likely scenario is that my bike is somewhere nearby and I’ll see someone riding it around the neighborhood.
Living in East Nashville, you quickly understand that the good and the bad are a packaged deal; you cannot get one without the other. Fortunately, the good so far outweigh all else and it’s why we love to call Lockeland Springs our home.