Neighborhood Cleanup on April 13th

Save the date! On Saturday, April 13 we’ll be hosting this year’s Community + Clean Up event at Bass Park (1602 Holly Street)  (Important: Rain contingency info listed below.)

Last year’s event was a huge success and we’d love to build on it and make this year’s even better. We’ll be collecting trash around the neighborhood in support of April’s Earth Day celebration followed by a neighborhood party .

We’ll be meeting at Bass Park at 8:30 AM to head out into the neighborhood to pick up trash (bags and trash grabbers provided) followed by a neighborhood party (also at Bass Park) where we’ll have a bounce house, face painting and other activities for kids. Grilled hot dogs – and vegan dogs – will be provided.

So mark your calendars, invite your neighbors, and we look forward to seeing you at this event intended to help beautify Lockeland Springs and build greater community amongst neighbors. If you have questions, email beautification@lockelandsprings.org.

Please RSVP if possible so that can make sure we have enough supplies for all attendees, or let us know on our Facebook event page if you are planning to attend. See you there!

Rain information for Saturday’s event:

If it’s just raining (no thunder and lightning) we’ll proceed with the cleanup followed by the party at our gracious rain-contingency-hosts, The Church at Lockeland Springs, which is directly across the street from the original Bass Park location at 1601 Holly Street. We’ll meet at the church at 8:30 AM to sign in, get cleanup supplies and be assigned a cleanup area. Clean up will be 9-11 followed by the party from 11-1.

If there’s thunder/lightning, we’ll SKIP the cleanup and meet at The Church at Lockeland Springs (1601 Holly Street) at 11 for the party.

If you have any questions, please email beautification@lockelandsprings.org


Old House Fair on March 2nd

The Metropolitan Historical Commission Foundation and partners will host the 2019 Old House Fair on Saturday, March 2, 2019, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 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.

Exhibitors included companies, retailers, and artists experienced in working with homes of many ages and styles, from Antebellum to Mid-century Modern.

Sponsorship opportunities available. If you are interested in being a sponsor, please contact Robin Zeigler at robin.zeigler@nashville.gov or 615-862-7970 ext.79776.

Presentations

9:30 a.m. Restoring Your Ranch House

Learn how a local preservationist undertook an award-winning restoration of a historic 1954 Ranch House in Madison. This session will review lessons learned and suggestions on repairing and restoring original character defining features such as wood frame windows, asbestos shingle siding, interior moldings, and exterior trim. This session will include a review of all the cool original features of a Ranch House, including steel kitchens, laminate countertops, electric wall heaters, and tile bathrooms.

10:15 a.m. Curios in Historic Construction

The way that we build houses has changed over the decades and its fun to look back some of the older and historic homes in our area to gain a a window into how thing used to be done. Major improvements have been made to how we construct a house and much has been learned about why some materials and techniques work and others do not. Join us as we looking into the past and explore features from tree trunk columns to coal fireplaces and more.

11:00 a.m. Holistic Approach to Home Renovation

Renovating an old home? How to take a holistic approach and achieve compounding benefits. Whether you are renovating or updating your home, taking a holistic approach to the design and construction can create many benefits beyond energy efficiency. E3 Innovate, Nashville’s experts in green renovation, shares the top 3 strategies for creating a high performance home. Using integrated design techniques and the application of the latest technologies, this holistic approach helps homeowners achieve healthy indoor quality, personalized comfort, and long-lasting durability.

11:45 a.m. Reading Between the Lines

How to build and renovate in historic districts with modern sensibilities that are in keeping with the time and place to create contextually sensitive architecture. Exemplary examples of houses that have been built or renovated in historic districts will be presented along with references to the code and the ingenuity of the code solutions. Why imitate when you can aspire.

12:30 p.m. Historic Nashville Inc’s Economic Incentive

Preservation Easements are the strongest tool for preserving your historic building or home. During this workshop, representatives from Historic Nashville, Inc. will discuss their preservation easements program including what is a preservation easement what are the benefits of donating an easement, and how a preservation easement can ensure the preservation of your historic home. Historic Nashville, Inc. established the state’s first preservation easements program in 1982 and currently owns 18 easements within Metro Nashville-Davidson County including the Hermitage Hotel and the Southern Turf.

1:15 p.m. Renovation Loans with Laree Leyland

The Mortgage Lady at the Volunteer Mortgage Group/ USA Lending will provide information on FHA 203K and Fannie Mae Homestyle options that allow homeowners to finance both a purchase or refinance along with the renovation of a home through a single mortgage. The Fannie Mae HomeStyle loan is a single-close loan that includes the cost of home repairs in the overall loan amount. This loan can be used for repairs that an appraiser requires, or for changes the homeowner wants to make, and it can be used to pay for both structural and cosmetic repairs. The FHA 203K government-backed loan is similar to HomeStyle, but its open to buyers with lower credit scores.

2:00 p.m. This Old House Plumbing: How to Avoid Flushing Money Down the Drain

Learn how and where to save money on rehabbing one of the most expensive parts of an old house restoration with Master Plumber Andrew Ward. Tips on how to save money, how to find and hire competent contractor. What things you can do and what you should not do and why does plumbing cost so much.

LSNA Announces 2018 Grants

The Lockeland Spring Neighborhood Association awards grants annually to organizations working to improve the quality of life in our greater neighborhood.  Funds are raised through our annual Home Tour and through membership dues. The LSNA Board voted on grant applications at their August meeting and are pleased to announce the recipients for 2018.  Grants were awarded to the following local organizations to further their work:

 

The East Nashville Hope Exchange was awarded $2,000 to continue their efforts to improve the literacy of at-risk children in East Nashville through their summer and school-year programs.  

 

Southern Word was awarded $2,500 in support of their resident poet program which teaches spoken-word poetry in local schools .

Plant the Seed was awarded $1,500 to purchase supplies for their garden-based learning program, specifically for their work at Explore Community School – an elementary school located in East Nashville.

 

Further, the Lockeland Springs Neighborhood Association has committed to funding equipment upgrades at the Shelby Park Community Center.

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.

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.