Saturday, September 24, 2016

District Information

Our Area is Area 4
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: McCoy-Jones, Stacy (Public Works) <>
Date: Thu, Sep 15, 2016 at 10:58 AM
Subject: RE: Brush Pick-up
To: "Karen Johnson (Council Member)" <>

Good morning,

Our crews are running a bit behind due the volume of brush out in the county.  We are currently still in Area 3, and should start in this area next week. 

Stacy Jones
Metro Public Works
Customer Service Manager
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---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: McCoy-Jones, Stacy (Public Works) <>
Date: Thu, Sep 15, 2016 at 10:58 AM
Subject: RE: Brush Pick-up
To: "Karen Johnson (Council Member)" <>

Good morning,

Our crews are running a bit behind due the volume of brush out in the county.  We are currently still in Area 3, and should start in this area next week. 

Stacy Jones
Metro Public Works
Customer Service Manager
Twitter: @nashvillepw  |  Facebook:
Help improve walking and biking in your area! Take the survey at

Nashville gives final approval of Google Fiber 'One Touch' plan


Nashville passes marijuana decriminalization measure


All Metro employees, officials should take diversity training


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Ribbon Cutting of Hope Leadership Academy at Smith Springs Church of Christ

New Regional Pre-K Center Cambridge Early Learning Center in Southeast Nashville Celebrates Opening with Ribbon Cutting

Cambridge Early Learning Center celebrates its opening

An historic building gets new life after serving the community for 25 years. The old southeast library branch, newly renovated, has reopened as Cambridge Early Learning Center for prekindergarten students.
The Southeast Nashville community celebrated Metro Schools’ newest addition with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, August 12.

The center was built to meet the expanding demand in Nashville for early childhood education funded through the federal pre-K expansion grant awarded in 2014. Metro Schools began renovating the library in 2015, and as the new Cambridge ELC it represents the district’s ongoing commitment to serve its growing community.
Cambridge ELC features eight pre-K classrooms, a state-of-the-art kitchen, a multipurpose group meeting space, a garden and a playground that includes a bicycle track and outdoor canopy. To give students interactive educational experiences, the center partnered with non-profits like Plant the Seed, which will provide garden-based education programs, and Global Education Center, which will provide multicultural dance- and music-based programs.
Through the expansion of access to high-quality preschool programs, the federal pre-K expansion grant is playing an indispensable part in the advancement of early childhood education not just in Metro Schools but in Nashville as a whole.

Proposal Would Halt Antioch Area Development For Months

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Along Bell Road in Antioch, the familiar sounds of construction fill the air. However, the 548 unit complex is an example of what area officials hope to stop from getting built in the future, at least just for a little bit.
"We're growing so fast that we're not taking care of the infrastructure needs that come as a result of that growth," District 29 Councilwoman Karen Y. Johnson said.
Johnson is one of three council members co sponsoring legislation that, if passed, would put a 120 day moratorium on development in their districts, essentially stopping all development growth from moving forward and Johnson said there's a good reason why.
"We have long been saying in Southeast Nashville that we need help in terms of infrastructure upgrades, infrastructure improvements, catching up our schools," she said.
Johnson said the roads, sewer system and sidewalks desperately need attention from Metro, and then there's the schools. "We're over 100 percent capacity in majority all of our schools, if not all," she said.
The fire hall in her district already responds to more calls than most throughout the county and talk of a new police precinct next door has been tabled. In it's place, possibly another multi-family development.
"I think we're crowded as it is," resident Thomas DuBois said. "Right now this neighborhood has got all it can hold."
"I think we need to slow that down a little bit, get our planning in place and start to look at, ok we need these things in these places," said Johnson.
The Metro planning director has gone on record opposing the ordinance, citing other parts of Nashville that have seen the same if not more growth in multi-family complexes. However, Johnson maintains Antioch has not seen the kind of incentives offered to other areas.
"We know what's best because we're listening to our constituents and this is what they would like to see," said Johnson.
The first of three votes on the legislation is set for later this week.

Freeze on apartment construction proposed for Antioch

, 9:39 p.m. CDT August 12, 2016

Fast-growing southeast Davidson County has boomed in recent years, transforming Antioch into a magnet for sprawling apartment complexes and strip malls while overcrowding public schools.
But now, three Antioch-area council members are seeking to temporarily halt a major chunk of the new development.
In a move that Metro’s planning director opposes, and one that could raise legal questions over property rights, Metro Council members Jacobia Dowell, Karen Johnson and Tanaka Vercher have co-sponsored legislation that would place a 120-day moratorium on issuing building and grading permits for multifamily developments that are located in their council districts, Districts 28, 29 and 32.
If the ordinance passes, it would effectively place a four-month freeze on new construction of multifamily apartments and condominiums across a wide swath of Antioch. It would not affect all of southeast Nashville.
The bill’s sponsors say Metro needs to invest in more roads, sidewalks, sewers and other infrastructure in the Antioch area before any more construction of multifamily residential homes and apartments is allowed. Such development should wait, the say, until a new master plan for the area can steer growth to places that can handle it.
“There has been so much development without the proper infrastructure concerns being addressed,” Johnson said. “And I think that we’ve got to slow things down, not necessarily prevent any type of future development, but just slow things down so that we can catch the infrastructure up to the demand for housing and also to address the overcrowding of our schools”
For years, council members from southeast Nashville have complained they’ve not gotten the same level of Metro investments as other parts of the county. They’ve cried foul, especially given the rate of growth in southeast Nashville.
Johnson said she’s unsure how many projects the ordinance would affect. She pointed to a massive 548-unit apartment called Whetstone Flats from Indianapolis-based Buckingham Cos. that is going up off Bell Road in Cane Ridge as the type of project that has caused pressures on the community.
But Metro Planning Director Doug Sloan, who called the bill unhealthy for the growth of Nashville, said despite the narrative about Antioch, other parts of Nashville have had just as many — and in some cases more — new multifamily development built over the last five years as southeast Nashville. He said that includes parts of East Nashville and the urban core.
“I think that this is a shortsighted response to the growth that the council members are seeing in their community,” Sloan said. “But in fact, it’s the same level of growth that we’re (experiencing) in several other areas of Nashville.
“I think it sends the wrong message to the community,” he said. “I think it sends the wrong message regarding workforce and affordable housing. I think it sends the wrong message to the development community about our desire to see more housing for people who are moving to Davidson County.”


The proposed moratorium, set for a first of three votes next week, comes as Johnson introduced — and later deferred — a property downzoning to block a new apartment complex designated for low-income residents at Forest View Drive near Murfreesboro Pike from locating there. She’s argued that Antioch has absorbed a disproportionate share of affordable housing compared to other parts of town.
Metro Department of Law Director Jon Cooper said he has not reviewed the proposed moratorium and therefore lacks a legal opinion on it. He said he’s not aware of a similar proposal in Nashville like it before.
Others, meanwhile, say the moratorium would clearly violate legal protections afforded to property owners.
“I am confident that once the sponsors fully appreciate the illegal nature of this legislation, they will withdraw it,” Vice Mayor David Briley said.
Dowell, whose district included the former Hickory Hollow Mall, said 3,526 housing units are currently planned for construction in the Antioch area, but said that coordination on that growth lacks between Metro departments. She said a new master plan that she and other council members are helping lead would align new development with infrastructure efforts of Metro Public Works.
“We have a lot of projects going on in our area, and they’re going on simultaneously,” Dowell said. “I’m approving stuff and the council districts next to me are approving stuff. … What happens in one district affects the other district.
“What we’ve not done a good job of is working with public works and saying, ‘Here are the areas where people want new development and here are the infrastructure deficiencies,’ ” she said. “We need to come up with a plan.”
Sloan, of the planning department, said he agrees that Nashville faces infrastructure needs across the county. But he also said that neighborhoods that have greater density would be more likely to receive infrastructure dollars down the road.
“I think a moratorium would be counter to trying to get improved infrastructure,” he said.
Even without a moratorium, Antioch-are council members have slowed down some multifamily housing projects.
The council, at Dowell’s request, voted last month to defer a downzoning ordinance that she had proposed that would limit 19 acres on Hickory Hollow Parkway to only single-family instead of multifamily homes. The downzoning ordinance will come before the council again in October.
Nashville-based Vastland Cos., which owns the property, had previously been contracted to sell the land to Louisville, Ky.-based LDG Development, which specializes in affordable housing, but the multifamily developer dropped the contract because of Dowell’s legislative effort.
Ken Renner, vice president of Vastland Cos., said he’s in conversations with Dowell about how to handle the property. He said his company is looking for other buyers that may have other uses besides apartments, but questioned the proposed freeze on new multifamily development.
“As a general rule, singling out properties in one part of town to take their property rights away is generally not a good idea,” Renner said. “It sends the wrong message to the development community and does not provide any compensation to the property owner whose rights are taken away.”
Nashville real estate attorney and lobbyist James Weaver, who represents the developer organization NAIOP, was harsher. He said the ordinance would “absolutely stymie investment and growth” and could have implications on whether businesses wish to relocate there.
“When you kick one dog off the porch, the other dogs notice and remember and are less likely to come to that porch,” Weaver said.
Meanwhile, concerns over new development in Antioch have arisen from projects besides apartments.
Dowell last week led a one-month deferral of an urban design overlay amendment needed to pass for Metro Nashville Public Schools to acquire property to build a new elementary school. Developers who own the 13 acres school site, park of the the Ridgeview mixed-use community in Antioch near Bell Road, are also hoping to build senior housing on the overall 63-acre footprint that also features traditional homes.
The school is designed to absorb students from overcrowded Cane Ridge Elementary School, but MNPS is crunched for time to get it open by next August.
Dowell said the reason for the delay is because of deed-restriction issues that remain with the senior housing component. But she also said not enough has been done infrastructure-wise to accommodate the new school.
“Typically, neighbors like schools, but we do have issues and I’m not going to ignore those issues,” she said, pointing to concerns over traffic, parking and entranceways and exit routes at the school campus.
“There are people who bought homes there who have concerns. And my concern is representing the neighbors in my district, and I have to balance that with the school.”
Reach Joey Garrison at 615-259-8236 and on Twitter @joeygarrison.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Reminder Join the Nashville Symphony tonight in 1 hour at Ford Ice Center SE Community Center Grounds & Save the Date for All About Women Health Fair

Southeast Park Greenspace
Adjacent to Ford Ice Center
Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Nashville Symphony
Vinay Parameswaran, conductor
Bernstein – Overture to Candide
Rossini – Semiramide Overture
Bizet – Danse Boheme from Carmen     
Dvořák – Slavonic Dance, Op. 46, No. 3  
Dvořák – Slavonic Dance, Op. 46, No. 1  
Anderson – Fiddle Faddle
Williams — Star Wars Main Title 


Movies at the Park

Presented by Bridgestone

July 1 at 7 p.m. (CT)

Join us this summer for movies at the park at Ford Ice Center.
Free popcorn, soda (small), games and other family friendly fun will converge on the park adjacent to Ford Ice Center on June 3. The park will open at 7 p.m. (CT) with Minions (PG) scheduled to show on the big screen shortly after sunset at 8 p.m. If you'd like to take to the ice after some outdoor fun, a public skate from 8 to 11 p.m. will also be available.
Note: Families in attendance are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and/or blankets for the movie on the lawn.

8pm for the following movie nights:
• June 3 - Minions
• June 17 - Frozen
• July 1 - Star Wars
• July 15 - Jurassic Park

Thursday, April 28, 2016

District 29 Spring Clean with Shred It, Goodwill and Public Works, Saturday April 30, 2016

Join us Saturday at Compton's Foodland! Free Shredding! Goodwill and Drop off Bins and Crusher trucks for all items. See everyone Saturday for our District Spring Clean !!!

Very Important Community Meeting for Southeast Nashville to receive update from our Mayor and Metro Nashville Government Officials on the Building of the New Downtown CJC and Temporary Move for Sherriff's Operations

Join Mayor Megan Barry, Vice Mayor David Briley and the Entire Metro Council for the State of Metro Address Friday, April 29 at Ascend Amphitheater

Thank you Neighbors for Helping with Mayor Megan Barry's Citywide Spring Cleanup

Everyone's efforts made a huge difference!

Over 100 Volunteers turned out to help clean up SE Nashville! Had a great time with neighbors who included some of the table and set up helpers Sue Paugh Phyllis Stinson Cynthia Dirkson Tasha Ellis Franchata Goodrich-Bush and Comcast Cares representatives, Nashville Predators Ford Ice Center Daniel Butler Chik Fil A representative Brian, Mayor's Office Claudia Huskey W Joseph Woodson Zak Kelley Commissioners Karen Glenn VanCleave Monyette Freeman Gore Kenny McMichael Sr, Council colleagues Councilwoman Tanaka Vercher Councilman Sam Coleman and School Board Member Will Pinkston ***will post more pics soon that were taken by Metro Metropolitan Nashville Department of Public Works and Comcast