The Alliance for Green Hills officials announced today the entity — formed as a platform for residents, businesses, developers and government agencies to collaborate on improved community planning for the Nashville suburb — has been granted 501(c)4 nonprofit status.
In addition, the nonprofit announced in a release its directors: Ed Cole, president and cofounder; Jena Armistead, vice president; Elizabeth Miller, secretary; Susannah Scott-Barnes, treasurer; Dr. Stacy Dorris-Proctor; Charlotte Cooper; Carey Morgan; Michael McNally; Steve Horrell; Brent Smith; and Michael Hasty.
The nonprofit’s annual operating budget is not being disclosed.
Nashville-based Southern Land Co., which is developing a $125 million mixed-use project in Green Hills, helped launch The Alliance for Green Hills in May with a $100,000 donation, according to The Tennessean.
“The energy and excitement of the group is remarkable,” Cole said in the release. “Our volunteer leaders dedicate their time to studying planning materials, holding meetings and taking action.
“Nashville is turning a new page and Green Hills residents will have a voice in the forward motion,” added Cole, former executive director of Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee. “Longtime Nashvillians have commented to me that now is the right time for this type of collaboration, which further affirms our mission.”
The Alliance for Green Hills will direct its initial efforts on improving the form and function of Green Hills’ commercial core. The nonprofit said it will collaborate with private and public sector partners to implement “well thought out plans already in existence.”
The nonprofit will take a particular focus on multimodal transportation, beautification and access to open, community spaces.
Bradford’s Furniture — a home furnishings and interior design retailer that began local operations in 1889 and has been recognized for its Green Hills location for 64 years, will close by year’s end.
In a release, Bradford’s officials did not disclose a specific reason for closing.
“As a 126-year-old family business, this has been a very tough decision to make,” Bill Rowland, Bradford’s president, said in the release. “We are so appreciative and thankful that Nashville has been so good to Bradford’s. It’s just time for a change.”
Originally located downtown, Bradford’s was one of Nashville’s first retailers to make the move to Green Hills in 1950. At the time, the city was seeing a population shift to the suburbs.
The store has been best known, perhaps, for offering hand-selected antiques from Great Britain and Europe, along with a selection of Oriental rugs. Other offerings have included custom window treatments, lighting, art and decorative objects.
The store, which will offer sales until its closing, is located at 4100 Hillsboro Road.
Green Hills-based Woodmont Christian Church — recognized for its modernist white brick and towering steeple — will dedicate its soon-to-be completed preschool renovation and expansion on Aug. 16.
Dr. Clay Stauffer, WCC senior minister, said students will begin using the new space for the fall semester. However, teachers and administrators will be in the building this summer, he added.
“We realized that the facility had been neglected for many year and needed some attention,” Stauffer said. “Martha Duff, our new director, is doing a wonderful job in her first year.”
Centric Architecture designed the facility, with American Constructors having served as the general contractor. Both are Nashville based.
The price tag for the project (including design and construction) is roughly $675,000, Stauffer said.
Woodmont Christian Church (see here courtesy of Google Maps) sits at the southwest corner of the intersection of Woodmont Boulevard and Hillsboro Road.
(Images courtesy of WCC)
The Metro Planning Commission has ruled in favor of a Green Hills couple who had attempted for more than 16 months to stop a project proposed for a lot adjacent to their property.
Specifically, the commission voted 8-0 last week to disapprove a subdivision application that would have allowed for the construction of a home Barabara and Gary Nicholson contended would have been out of scale and character for Clairmont Place.
The commission vote followed Davidson County Chancellor Russell Perkins ruling last October in favor of the Nicholsons, who previously contested a February 2014 Metro Planning Commission vote to allow Van Christian to partition his next-door lot for development purposes.
In his conclusion, Perkins wrote the court reversed the commission’s approving in November 2013 the application by Christian, who wanted to subdivide the property, located at 1510 Clairmont Place, into two lots.
“The application was not properly approved before the Metropolitan Planning Commission by the legally requisite number of votes,” Perkins wrote at the time.
Bill Purcell, an attorney with Jones Hawkins & Farmer, represented the Nicholsons.
“We’re very happy and very relieved,” Barbara Nicholson said. “On behalf of our neighborhood, we’d like to thank Bill Purcell.”
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