Neighbor to Neighbor: Derek Hoke

Name: Derek Hoke
Job: Musician/Host $2 Tuesdays at 5 Spot
Time in Lockeland Springs: 20 years
October 2017

 

Where are you from originally? I was born in Brunswick, GA, but grew up in Florence, SC. A pretty small town about an hour or so from the beach. It’s where I-20 and I-95 intersect. Lots of gas stations and truck stops.

What brought you to Nashville and why did you chose Lockeland Springs? In 1997, I visited a friend that had just moved to Nashville. While driving home, I had it in my head that I wanted to live there. I loved it. So, in 1999, I moved into a tiny apartment near Hillsboro Village. My very first gig was at the original Radio Cafe in East Nashville. I also started hanging out at The Slow Bar a lot, too (now 3 Crow Bar). I just loved the vibe of the neighborhood. In 2004, I moved to the East Side.

Your current house was on the Home Tour last year – tell us a little bit about the house and the work you did to it. It’s in the Little Hollywood enclave. I’m lucky to live here. It was almost torn down to split the lot up and put two townhouses on it. Thankfully, the neighborhood protested and that deal fell through. I made an offer and promised that the exterior would remain the same, but inside I had big plans. Knocked out the ceiling. Took out some walls. Now it’s like a loft with the upstairs exposed. Updated the kitchen. Blended new flooring in with the existing beechwood. Updated bathrooms. It took about 10 months to do, but I couldn’t be happier. (And the neighbors love it, too)

Tell us a little bit about yourself professionally. What are you working on these days? Like a lot of folks in Nashville, I play music. I make records and hit the road from time to time. Had some songs on the show NASHVILLE and have written a few tunes for other artists. I also own some commercial real estate in SC. It keeps me connected to my family there.

For the uninitiated, what is $2 Tuesday? How did you get started doing that? $2 Tuesday is show I put on every week at The 5 Spot here in East Nashville. It’s like a little variety show. I book the musical acts, emcee the night, and play a set as well. Usually 5 acts each week of varying styles. My friend Tim Hibbs spins records in between acts. Been doing it for 7 years now and have had everyone from Jason Isbell to Peter Buck of REM play it. It’s all just word of mouth. A great “neighborhood” night to hear new music and hang out with some cool people.

What do you like about the neighborhood? Where do you like to take out of town visitors? When I moved over here, it was really just 5 Points. A few bars, Margo, a hardware store, a gas station, and a coffee shop. Now it’s crazy! I love that it still has the same feeling as when I moved over here. Just a new paint job. Good people. Good music. Diversity.
I’ll usually take visitors to the Walden area. Jenni’s, Ugly Mugs, Rosepepper. I wish Alley Cat was still around. That was my go-to.

Anything else you’d like the neighborhood to know? I live right next to golf course. So, if you want some free golf balls, I’ve got buckets of ‘em!

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.