Five New Signs Mark Historic Neighborhood

Five New Signs Mark Historic Neighborhood
By Annie Neal, LSNA board member

newsigntweetI hope that if you are reading this article, you have seen the new Lockeland Springs signs that have been placed at 5 major entryways into the neighbor-hood. The LSNA Board really hopes that you love them as much as we do. This neighborhood is historic and worthy of signs that mirror its beauty and demonstrate the pride I know we all have in it.

I have been on the Board for 7 years now and we have always talked about getting nice gateway signs. Over the past several years, the Tour of Home has done really well and we finally had the capital to fund this project. We searched for grants for a long time and had no luck in that department so we decided to take the plunge. It was one of those daunting projects where it feels like a wall is in front of youwhen you begin because of all the unknowns. It seems simple, right, it’ just some neighborhood signs.

However, there were many challenging issues like who do I contact (city, one-call, state), who do I need
IMG_1372 (1)approval from, what design to use, what sign company to use, locations, liability? Each of these issues was dealt with in due course. Once I found the right contacts, people were extremely supportive and helped knock down any barriers that I felt were keeping this project from completion. It seems like now would be a good time to thank a few people instrumental to getting the  signs in the ground. First, Korby Bowden at Nashville Public Works met with me in the neighborhoodseveral times to make lsna signsure our sign placements were safe and had the city’s seal of approval. Margot,from Margot’s Café in Five Points was so generous by allowing one of our signs to be placed on herproperty! Don Bailey, a fellow Board member and amazingly talented graphic designer, created the design for the sign. It was Spot On Perfect. Finally, Patti Clark from Brand Imaging Group was absolutely amazing in helping me make decisions about the design and installation of the signs. I could not recommend this sign company enough. They were amazing. So, in closing, let us all feel proud that we now have signs as beautiful as the neighborhood we live in!

Old House Fair will be March 5, 2016

The Metropolitan Historical Commission Foundation and partners will host the 2016 Old House Fair on Saturday, March 5, 2016, 9am-3pm, at the Sevier Park Community Center, 3021 Lealand Avenue. The Old House Fair is a FREE day-long festival showcasing new ideas, practical advice, innovative materials, and quality services for homeowners to learn more about sustainable and historic products and services, and gain tips for planning and executing your project.

web-OldHouseFair-225x125-2016nov11-01Exhibitors included companies, retailers, and artists experienced in working with homes of many ages and styles, from Antebellum to Mid-century Modern.

Know a young preservationist? We’ll have children’s activities, too thanks to HistoricTravellers Rest Plantation & Museum.

Opportunity to win great raffle items.


Sponsorship opportunities available. If you are interested in being a sponsor, please contact Robin Zeigler at or (615) 862-7970 ext.79776.

For more info, visit:

Neighbor to Neighbor: Hans Schmidt

Neighbor to Neighbor: Hans Schmidt
February 2016

Name: HHPSans Schmidt, LSNA President
Family: Wife, Tomianne; Daughter, Olivia
Profession: Attorney
Years in neighborhood: Nearly 6


What’s the best part of living in Lockeland Springs?

We love that a playground, elementary school (one day, hopefully), bakery, ice cream shop, toy store, hot dog stand, coffee shops, restaurants ,and shopping are a short walk (or, in our 3-year old’s case, a little red wagon ride) from our house.    

Tell us what motivates you to lead the association.

Over the last few years, Lockeland Springs is one of Nashville’s historic neighborhoods confronting complex questions about how to balance the city’s need for increased density and development without losing the character and integrity of the neighborhood that drew so many of us here in the first place. I am motivated to serve as LSNA president for a second time because I want to play a role in shaping the direction of our neighborhood and in finding the right balance.  

Is there a neighborhood project that makes you proud?

The Lockeland Springs Park (at the end of Woodland Street) is an example of local government, community leaders, and dedicated residents working together to achieve great success. After Metro Parks acquired the property, there was little money available in its budget to do much to the springs that gave our neighborhood its name. Seeing the park’s potential, a group of neighbors, led by Bo Parr, Jim Polk, and others, spearheaded efforts to reclaim a small part of our neighborhood’s history from a thicket of privet and honeysuckle bushes.  


What do you look forward to for the neighborhood’s future?

A recognition that the changes happening throughout the neighborhood are not all bad; with them come new people that are equally excited to be a part of the best neighborhood in Nashville.

The Fountain: New LSNA website a wealth of information

New LSNA website a wealth of information
By Tony Gonzalez, The Fountain

If you haven’t seen it, you’re missing out! The new could make the case as one of the coolest and most informative neighborhood pages around. From the superb aerial photography of the neighborhood (more on that in a moment) to convenient links to Metro agencies and civic information — as well as access to back issues of the newsletter — it’s a vibrant testament to Lockeland Springs.

And if you haven’t heard the full backstory, it’s worth putting into the record. It’s true that in spring 2015, the website was hacked. What they wanted with the LSNA, we may never know, but as has happened with other local institutions, service was interrupted for a few months.

Enter webmaster and board member Kevin Wisniewski. He bore the brunt of questions about when the website would be back. After some behind-the-scenes wrangling, he debuted a website this fall that goes far beyond expectations.

The aforementioned photos are thanks to Aerial Innovations, which sent up a drone for a short flight to capture what will likely be lasting images of the area.

The new website also means it’s easier than ever for LSNA to post news, meeting announcements, and other relevant local documents. Yes, that is a call for content! Send ideas to You might consider sharing information about upcoming events or photos that can be turned into galleries from important local events.

Otherwise, it’s “no news is good news” about the website. No hack attack in 210 days. And counting.

2016 LSNA Grant Applications Now Being Accepted

It’s that time of year to submit your LSNA grant applications.  The Lockeland Springs Neighborhood Association started its grant program in 2014 and it has been hugely successful in providing funds to many amazing projects going on in the neighborhood.  The factors that the Board considers in awarding the grant are:  (1) building community; (2) beautification; (3) education; and (4) safety.
If you have an idea for a grant application, please submit it by April 30, 2016 to:


2015 Grants were awarded to:
East Nashville Hope Exchange -read more
East Nashville Little League – read more
Tennessee Alliance for Progress- read more

Winners of the LSNA’s First Holiday Lights Contest Announced

The LSNA is happy to announce the winners of our inaugural Holiday Lights contest. Nominations were accepted via email and the LSNA board voted this week to award prizes to the top 3 homes in Lockeland Springs. Winners will receive gift cards to area businesses. Thanks to everyone who got into the spirit and channeled their inner Clark Griswald. We hope this annual event will spark a little friendly competition among neighbors.

And the winners of the 2015 Holiday Lights contest are…

FIRST PLACE: 1623 Woodland St. (below)












Second Place: 317 N 14th St. (below)











Third Place: 407 N. 16th St. (below)




Tour Tickets Now On Sale

Tickets for the 37th Annual Lockeland Springs Home Tour  are now on sale through our website. Advanced tickets purchased online can be picked up the day of the tour at the new Urban Cowboy Bed and Breakfast on Woodland St. This year’s tour will featuresponsors ten stunning homes with a mix of architectural styles. We have some amazing local businesses  stepping up to partner with each of the homes, including Sweet 16th Bakery and Lockeland Table. Stay tuned for further announcements as we continue to add partners.

Dates and Times: Saturday Dec. 5th from 5pm  to 9pm and Sunday Dec. 6th from 1pm to 5pm. Tickets are on sale now at the following area stores: Alegria, Art and Invention Gallery, Sweet 16th Bakery and Pied Piper Creamery. Tickets may also be purchased on our website, or on the day of the tour at Urban Cowboy Bed and Breakfast.

The LSNA would like to thank our official sponsor, Kortney Wilson’s Best Thing Ever Nashville. And we would also urge you to support our other generous sponsors: First Tennessee bank, Airbnb, Taylor Made Designs, Sara Ray Interior Design, Bootstrap Architecture and Construction, Two Ten Jack, Dukes Bar and Grill, Sturdivant Insurance and The Fatherland Inn and Grill.

The following homes will be featured on the 2015 tour:
(For more info on each home see our interactive tour map here)

1206 Ordway Pl.
1626 Ordway Pl.
1218 Forrest Ave.
1301 Forrest Ave
1300 Holly St.
1302 Stratton Ave.
1309 Woodland St.
1610 Eastland Ave.
1702 Eastland Ave.
511 N. 14th St.

37th Annual Holiday Home Tour

The Lockeland Springs Neighborhood Association is happy to announce our 37th annual Holiday Home Tour will take place the weekend of December 5th and 6th. We are still finalizing the list of homes for the tour but if you are interested in showing off your Lockeland Springs home please email us at Tickets are onsale now, click here for info.

We would also like to exwhite-logo-png-file [Converted]tend a BIG thank you to Kortney Wilson and her company Best Thing Ever Nashville for sponsoring this year’s home tour. Wilson is an award winning realtor who combines her artistic design and knowledge of the local real estate market to transform run-down disasters into stunning one-of-a kind family homes for the tv show Masters of Flip. The show is currently airing on the W Network. “Having had my personal homes on the tour in previous years and many that I have renovated, I am beyond excited to be the sponsor for an event that I am a huge fan of attending” said Wilson.

Click here to learn more about Best Thing Ever Nashville.


Strong Turnout for Meeting on Fatherland Development


Strong turnout for public meeting

Nearly 50 neighbors turned out to discuss the proposed plans to redevelop the church at Fatherland Ave. and N.17th St into a restaurant and boutique hotel.

Councilman Brett Withers hosted the meeting at the Shelby Community Center on Wednesday night and explained various zoning options to the crowd. Developer John Donelson, who now owns the church, fielded a wide range of questions from the crowd but many expressed concerns about increased noise, traffic, and parking in the neighborhood.

Here is what happened at the meeting:

We began by welcoming Brett to the meeting as our CM. He then explained the history of the zoning at 17th and Fatherland as part of the 5 Points Redevelopment Plan and the current uses allowed in this location, which include many commercial enterprises.

Brett pointed out that this  conversation is one that we will likely have many more times since we have many churches in historic buildings that are gradually losing numbers and thus financial support. We have to ask ourselves, “do we think the building is worth preserving?” and “what concessions are we willing to make to the developer in order to get the things we want?”.


District 6 Councilman Brett Withers, right.

Some clarification questions were asked:
Q– if the Neighborhood Landmark is applied, does the current commercial zoning go away?
A– No. the Landmark Overlay allows some control and limits on things like hours, signage, screening, etc. The base zoning remains in effect.
Q– Are the public hearings genuine? Will the neighbors concerns be heard?
A– Yes, neighborhood support is a part of the process. the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing and there will be a public hearing at City Council on the second reading.  I (Brett) want to hear from neighbors before the plan goes to planning so that we can present an acceptable plan to them in the first place.

Gina Emmanuel, architect for the project, explained the plan as it currently exists. The restaurant will be approximately 5000 square feet, there will be a roof deck with two offices that cannot be seen from the street per MHZ, and 10 boutique hotel rooms in the 1951 addition. The event space was removed after two public meetings when the neighbors expressed concerns about this portion of the plan. In order to park this use, John Donelson has an agreement with the owner of the lot behind the church facing 17th. With the Neighborhood Landmark zoning tool, he can build a parking lot there with 16 spaces. It will be highly screened so that cars and car lights are not visible from the street. The lot will be environmentally friendly with some sort of pervious pavers.

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Church at Fatherland Ave. and N. 17th St.

Gina explained that current codes require a certain number of spaces for each use. The restaurant must have 32 spaces and the hotel must have 11 for a total of 43. Because the property is in an area with contiguous sidewalks and public transit, a 20% reduction is allowed by code.  This reduces the number of spaces the developer is required to have to 35. If we subtract the 16 spaces they will build on the lot behind the church, that means they must have 19 additional spaces. John Donelson has reached an agreement with the church at 17th and Shelby for 25 spaces, exceeding the required number by 6 spaces. He is also in discussion with Liberty Baptist for an additional 20 spaces.

Q-How are the spaces designated? Will a certain number be reserved for employees? Hotel guests?
A-We are seeking the spaces at this point. We have not designated them yet, but that might be a next step.
Q-Why did you eliminate the event space and not the restaurant?
A (Elizabeth Smith)- the overwhelming response at the two previous meetings was that the event space would be too disruptive to the neighbors. Even if it is fewer days per month, the potential for serious noise problems is greater. The neighbors cited the problems with the two other similar spaces in Historic Edgefield and East End as evidence that this type of use in a residential area was unacceptable.
Several people interjected here the problems that traffic and parking will bring no matter what growth occurs. Some complained about the narrowness of 17th at that corner and the current issues there, and Brett suggested that parking on only one side of the street could be mandated.  Brett reminded the group that the questions the planning department will ask are, “can they park it?” and “is there community support?”.
Gina explained that, although allowed to count two street spaces, they were not doing so.
John Donelson explained that his discussions with planning have centered on parking. They prefer the Neighborhood Landmark because it allows the parking without a policy change.
Brett reiterated that an SP would erase the base zoning and that the Neighborhood Landmark must have a use plan that stays with the property. If the conditions of the use plan change, the owner must go back to the planning department to work out the problem. So, if parking goes away the plan has to be revised.
These comments were made:
  • Some are extremely opposed to the event space
  • Some like the event space because the impact is more limited.

    Going over the plans after the meeting.

  • Some think a restaurant of this size will be very disruptive in terms of traffic, parking, smells, etc.
  • Some are very supportive of a restaurant and think it will add to the neighborhood.
  • There did not seem to be any objection to the boutique hotel. Many like the idea and think it will have the least impact on the neighborhood.
  • John Donelson was asked if there is any other possible use that would save the building but
    not bring traffic and parking problems to the corner.
  • Overall, many neighbors fear a change in the culture of the street and want a use that will keep this change minimal.
  • Some think that getting resident parking permits is a good idea. I express concern that this just pushes the problem out; it does not solve the problem.
  • Some express support for the idea of bringing new people, and their dollars, into the neighborhood.
  • Tourism is good for the city in more than just dollars. It brings new ideas and new people and that is a good thing.
  • Neighbors don’t want to lose the ability to park in front of their homes.
  • Some would like to see more hotel rooms.
  • Is this inevitable or are there other options?
Brett asked John what his timeline is. John would like to file his application within 30 days. He is ready to move forward but is willing to hear what neighbors say.
Brett would like for neighbors to respond within two weeks at which time he will look at the responses and decide how to proceed. He will work through LSNA, but individuals are welcome to spread the word.

-Elizabeth Smith,