The Metro Planning Commission on Thursday approved two requests for specific plan zoning related to projects targeted for North Nashville, including that of Columbus-based Lifestyle Communities.
LC envisions LC Germantown to be built on the northeast corner of Second Avenue North and Madison Street. Details of the project, which will rise on 4.7 acres, have yet to be released. Read more here.
The commission passed the LC SP request 7-0.
In addition, the commission passed with an 8-0 vote a request to rezone to SP properties located at 1614 and 1616 Fourth Ave. N. in Salemtown to allow seven residential units. Read more about those plans here.
Columbus-based Lifestyle Communities will go before the Metro Planning Commission on Thursday, Dec. 11, to request specific plan zoning for its mixed-use project planned for Germantown.
Read more about the project here.
In addition, the commission will vote on a request to rezone to SP properties located at 1614 and 1616 Fourth Ave. N. in Salemtown to allow seven residential units (read more here).
Check back with the Post on Friday, Dec. 12, for results of the votes impacting the two North Nashville-related projects.
In a move that will please advocates of pedestrian-oriented placemaking — and that could place additional positive focus on the city north side — the Metro Development and Housing Agency this summer plans an $800,000 effort to install or replace approximately 14,000 linear feet of sidewalks in North Nashville.
The project is part of MDHA’s place-based strategy for community development, in which community development block grant (CDBG) funds are concentrated for investment activities, the agency said in release. North Nashville was designated as the first priority neighborhood under this strategy, and approximately $800,000 of CDBG funds are allocated for infrastructure improvements.
It is no secret that Nashville’s historic near north side (with its various neighborhoods sometimes collectively referred to as North Capitol) is attracting major developer interest. Germantown, Hope Gardens, Salemtown and Sulphur Dell are getting major infill projects, with Buena Vista also attracting attention. (Read more here.) Though the sidewalk work will not be done in these districts, one could contend any streetscape work within the old school north side (the areas located west of the inner-interstate loop for which is not known for its post-1950 construction projects — Meharry Medical College and Tennessee State University notwithstanding) sends a positive message.
Developers are more likely to do work in pockets of general areas with functional and attractive streetscape infrastructure (including streets, curbs, pedestrian crosswalks, utility poles, street signage and stormwater management systems). With the north side seeing that infrastructure continue to improve, look for more development activity on the near north side — and perhaps beyond.
From the MDHA release:
The Project includes the installation of new and replacement of deteriorating sidewalks in both residential and commercial areas. Sidewalk improvements in residential areas will be primarily in the vicinity of Albion and Alameda Streets between 25th and 32nd Avenues North, as well as the south side of Seifried Street (between 24th and 25th Avenues) and the east side of 24th Avenue from Lacy Street to Clarksville Pike.
“Neighbors have long awaited sidewalks on Seifried and Lacy Streets for over 41 years. I know they will be very pleased to hear this good news,” said District 21 Councilmember Edith Taylor Langster.A new sidewalk is planned for the north side of Rosa L. Parks Boulevard between Great Circle Road and Mainstream Road, a busy commercial corridor. Sidewalks will be constructed according to Metro Government specifications and on existing right-of-way. The Project is nearing the end of the design phase, and MDHA staff will contact adjacent property owners prior to beginning construction.
“Sidewalks are a critical component of a healthy community,” stated Angie Hubbard, MDHA’s Director of Community Development. “They improve the walkability of the neighborhood, increase accessibility to services, promote pedestrian safety, and can serve as a tangible sign of redevelopment efforts.”CDBG funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and are administered by MDHA on behalf of the City. This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the enactment of the CDBG program.
One of Salemtown’s most distinctive buildings is slated to be improved as owner Oak Tree Partners LLC plans to do some interior work to stabilize the aging structure.
Recognized for a “No Dog” sign painted on its façade and located at 1604 Sixth Ave. N. in North Nashville, the building was constructed in 1897.
“We want to clean, stabilize and salvage as many historical elements as possible while we work with the neighbors on transitioning the space,” said K. Clay Haynes, Oak Tree vice president and managing partner.
Oak Tree, a Gallatin-based family-owned boutique development company, has secured from Metro a permit, valued at $1,900, for the work.
“I’ve had a site design for the property and we’ve gone back and forth regarding the building’s future use,” Haynes added.
As to the unusual signage, which has been on the building for at least 10 years, Haynes said with a chuckle, “The sign will remain for the time being. The ‘branding’ has grown on me.”
Oak Tree is using Quirk Designs for architecture work and Dale & Associates for the engineering and land planning effort.
Tim Walker, executive director of the Metro Historical Commission, said he is pleased the building will be improved.
“It is one of the last remaining examples of late 19th century duplexes of this style and form in Davidson County,” Walker said.
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