Thanks again to those that attended the community meeting about the proposed multi-family development occurring around 121 Donelson Pike. My last e-blast included some updates and upcoming public hearings. Click here for all the submittal documents, including the traffic study. Remember that the rendering is preliminary. They are aiming for the final product to be close to their other development at One MetroCenter, so check out that website to see the quality of that development.
Party Fowl is coming to Donelson at the old Johnson’s Furniture building and will be their second location in Nashville. Owner Austin Smith grew up in Hermitage and his family attended Donelson Church of Christ, so he’s from a local family with a heart for the community. Thanks to SmartSpace for bringing a great restaurant to a pivotal property into the heart of Donelson. With a total of 13,000 square feet, 5,500 square feet will be on first floor with the restaurant & bars, plus a patio and roll up doors out to patio. 7,500 square feet will be on the second floor including a patio thru roll up doors. The upstairs will also include banquet space, corporate offices and a catering commissary. They’ve arranged for parking to be used at the office building across the street. It will bring back to life and make the entrance into “Downtown Donelson” look fantastic.
A very exciting development is the announcement of “SoundWaves”, a $90 million water park that will built as an extension of the Opryland Hotel Convention Center & Resort. As you’ll read in the story, Ryman is seeking an incentive package that will cap property taxes after the 2017 reappraisal. I am sponsoring the bill and do so with confidence and secure quantifiable data that shows the strong economic impact this project will bring to tax revenues. The $90 million investment will show a strong return after the third year of operation and compared to other incentives that have been given downtown, I am comfortable that this is a warranted short-term freeze of property taxes of a project that will generate millions in economic impact and provide hundreds of new job opportunities.
Another exciting development in the Opry area is the Bavarian Bierhaus at Opry Mills. The 650-person beer hall will offer classic German brewery options and the oompah bands singing their tunes, so get your lederhosen ready for a great new entertainment option at Opry Mills. It is scheduled to open in April.
Yet another entertainment option coming to Opry Mills this Spring is a Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum. This will be music-themed and be in the location of the former Barnes & Noble book store. They are hosting a job fair soon. See flyer below for details.
Thanks to those that supported the re-opening of Donelson Bowl on February 11th after the break-in and vandalism that occurred. The community support was strong and they were back up and running in just a matter of days. Thanks again for the community’s support of Nashville’s oldest bowling alley.
Paper & Ink Arts had a great Grand Opening recently. The renovation to the building at 113 Graylynn Drive is extraordinary. I encourage you to go check it out. Everyone at the Grand Opening was given this catalog of all their projects and a set of calligraphy pens. I may just brush up on my calligraphy (I used to do it as a kid) and start signing all my bills and resolutions with these pens!
I am thrilled that Fort Knox Studios has chosen the 15th District to locate their second location for a 180,000 square foot space on Massman Drive.. Fort Knox currently has a very successful location in Chicago and they are already starting to receive interest from notable artists and music industry veterans. Check out their FKS Nashville website that has a marketing brochure. Read the article about this development in The Tennessean here.
Congratulations to Cary Street on becoming the next Executive Director of the Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce. I’ve known Cary for several years and know she’ll bring great creative energy and experience from government to non-profits to this role and make us all proud.
I was also quite honored to receive the DH Chamber’s 2016 Community Service Award at the December year-end breakfast. Thanks to 2016 President Sharon Kipp for presenting it to me. It sits proudly on my desk at work next to the 2014 Anna Wiggs Memorial Award I received two years ago. I am very thankful for the opportunities I’ve had to work with the Chamber on making a difference in the community. The Chamber has great opportunities ahead in 2017 and beyond.
Congratulations to Paper & Ink Arts on their upcoming Grand Opening on Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 10am to 3pm. They did a wonderful job rehabbing their new home at 113 Graylynn Drive. Be sure to stop in and check them out. Additional parking is available across the street at Holy Rosary.
Last June, Nashville received a rare opportunity for areas of Davidson County to be designated as "Promise Zones" by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This program specifies six areas of the county to receive technical assistance and federal investment. One of those areas (Subzone 3) has a portion of the 37210 area of the 15th District. Read more about the Promise Zones here. To that end, there is an opportunity with AmeriCorps for a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project in collaboration with the Mayor's Office of Economic Opportunity and Empowerment and the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency. See the documents below for more information and how to apply.
Sitar Indian Restaurant is coming to Donelson at the shopping center at 457 Donelson Pike. Thanks to Ken Powers and Will Tyner with Commercial Realty Services for investing in this piece of property in Donelson and bringing great new restaurant and retail options. Their next purchase was the CVS, Baskin Robbins and Pizza Hut parcels at the McGavock Pike and Lebanon Pike intersection. Thanks to Mia Keller with CBRE for representing the seller in that transaction. Read about these exciting developments in this article from The Tennessean.
If you haven’t been down to Scoreboard Smokehouse Bar & Grill down in Music Valley, earlier this summer they added a huge covered deck that adds a whole new dimension this great restaurant. Especially as the weather begins to cool a bit, I encourage you to go check it out. They have great food and it’s a great place of course to watch a game with friends.
Welcome to Donelson, Frost-Arnett, which has just moved from downtown to Elm Hill Pike and has added more than 60 new local employees. Read about their move to Donelson and expansion in the Nashville Business Journal article here.
We welcome another new business to Donelson, It’s That Simple Dance & Fitness at 2720 Old Lebanon Pike in the Donelson Plaza. They offer personal training, fitness classes, dance classes, nutritional advice and much more.
Lakeland Pointe is a new residential community in the works from Frank Batson Homes. Located at 410 Donelson Pike, these beautiful homes will be the first of their kind in Donelson and offer many beautiful amenities. Check them out here.
Another new business coming to Donelson is Paper and Ink Arts. They recently purchased a vacant building on Graylynn Drive and are in the process of rehabbing it. Check out their website here and their Facebook page here to keep up with their progress. They also have a local market survey for the community to provide feedback here.
I have been working with Metro Planning and management at Opry Mills to amend the existing zoning code to allow Smith Creek Moonshine Distillery to operate there. This would be a unique amenity at Opry Mills and I welcome the additional entertainment draw being offered. Read about it in The Tennessean’s article here.
I had a great meeting with a few Google Fiber execs to learn more about the status of the installation and much anticipated roll out of their service. They’ve completed the design of the network and as we’ve seen, have been busy building it. This is a big undertaking! Once complete, the network will include more than 3,200 miles of fiber, enough to stretch from here to Canada and back. They are working hard to make disruption in the neighborhoods to a minimum. They have a 24-7 Construction Inquiry Line at 877-454-6959 if you have any issues. With the underground infrastructure going well, there are a few logistical issues to work through as far as the above ground wiring, but they are making good progress. Sign up here to keep up to date with their progress and as soon as service is available, that’s how to get notified.
Metro has expanded the Blighted Properties Small Business Incentive Program. There are two programs – Fast Growing Business Employment Incentive and Property Investment Incentive. These apply to a small corner portion of District 15 south of I-40 along Murfreesboro Pike. If you are a business owner in this area or know someone who is, please contact me. See below for more information and eligibility. The link to apply is here.
Metro’s Planning Department has a great Parcel Viewer website as well as a Development Tracker website where you can view current ownership and zoning information and track developments as they move through the process. I have a few rezoning processes happening. They are:
- 1620 and 1634 Lebanon Pike – We’re changing their zoning from CL to CS-A, which allows the owner a bit more flexibility in use of the property. They don’t intend to redevelop. It will likely be an Enterprise Truck Rental business once the zoning approval is complete. No neighborhoods are impacted by this.
- 720, 724 and 728 Ermac Drive. This was already zoned to ORI some hears ago to permit a Candlewood Suites Hotel. This is request to revise the preliminary plan for the Planned Unit Development. It is scheduled to be heard at the Planning Commission on April 28th. This project has my support and is a good development adding to the hotel options in the Century City area.
- 2535 Perimeter Place. This already passed Planning Commission and is headed to Council. This is also a good development in the Century City area adding to the hotel options in the area.
Three new restaurants are headed to the area.
1) Mission BBQ will be the first Tennessee location and is coming to Opry Mills. It should be open by this Spring.
2) Bojangles Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits is coming soon at 420 Donelson Pike.
3) Jimmy John’s is coming soon to 457 Donelson Pike in the renovated small retail strip.
We have four new hotels in the works for District 15! Three of them all are zoned for it already – Music Valley Drive, Elm Hill / McGavock Pike and Ermac Drive in Century City. Another on Perimeter Place in Century City will have to go from IWD (Industrial) to a SP (Specific Plan). It’s currently an undeveloped piece of property near Piedmont Natural Gas’s headquarters. All four projects are positive developments and further highlight how important our district is as a “Hospitality Gateway” for Nashville.
Donelson has a new business that’s a School of Music – Rock Zone! Located at 2541 Park Drive, they offer an after-school program, private lessons and more. Check out their website here for more details and contact info.
Great news about a new tenant at One Bridgestone Park, former home of the International Academy of Design & Technology (who has now moved to the Music Valley area). The Tennessee Board of Regents will be moving in to the former original Bridgestone headquarters and make it their own HQ. This will bring 112 jobs to this building and be great for our area restaurants and retail shops.
The Nashville Business Journal announced the 2015 Corporate Giving Awards and Smart Space was a winner among many great companies. Congratulations to Smart Space President Floyd Shechter and the whole team for a very deserving award!
As Nashville and Middle Tennessee continue to create a master plan for mass transit in our region, the Music City Star is becoming more attractive in that the foundation is already built. Mt Juliet and Wilson County are working to develop the areas around their train stations into true transit-oriented-development areas. Our Donelson Station is the first train stop outside of downtown Nashville and could be a very tangible solution to offering more transit options.
Congratulations and welcome to The Dixie Drip mobile coffee shop with lunch, ice cream and more to the heart of Donelson on Old Lebanon Pike. Upon moving to The Donelson Plaza area, neighbors have been raving about the great coffee, food and service with a smile. Be sure to check them out.
Hip Donelson is hosting the second annual support of Small Business Saturday on November 28th. Shoppers will be given a card to take to all participating businesses to be punched. Those completed cards will be entered into a drawing for a gift basket with items from participating businesses.
The 31st Annual Donelson-Hermitage Christmas Parade presented by the Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce will be on Saturday, December 5th at 2pm. It’s a community tradition and a great opportunity to showcase your business or organization. If interested in reserving a spot in the parade, visit the Chamber’s website here.
The 2015 Toast of Music City Awards were held recently and Donelson businesses were very well represented. Congratulations to all the winners! I hope I didn’t miss any, but the ones on the list I saw were:
- The Cupcake Collection (1st – Best Bakery and Best Food Truck)
- Shipwreck Cove at Elm Hill Marina (2nd – Best Local Bar)
- Gaylord Springs Golf Links (3rd – Best Golf Course)
- Treasures Consignment – (1st – Best Consignment/Vintage Shopping)
- Opry Mills Mall (3rd – Best Mall/Shopping District)
- Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center (2nd – Best Hotel)
I enjoyed the opportunity to welcome our new and improved Raceway service station at their grand opening ribbon cutting recently. It’s a big improvement to the property and the staff were very friendly and wanted to the community to know they’re here to serve.
The Donelson-Hermitage Chamber calendar has some good events coming up to share. Nashville Shores is hosting a “Business Card Exchange” that the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber, Mt. Juliet Chamber and the Donelson-Hermitage Chamber invite everyone to on September 9. See link above for details.
SmartSpace President Floyd Shechter will be the guest speaker at the DH Chamber’s September’s General Membership Luncheon on Thursday, September 10, addressing growth and development in the Donelson, Hermitage and Old Hickory areas.
Congratulations to Homegrown Taproom & Marketplace for having a very successful grand opening and incredible first couple of weeks. The marketplace is still in progress and should be open later in the Fall. It’s a great new neighborhood business and my thanks to Robin Davis and Jennifer Starks for bringing it to Donelson.
Check out these photos of beautification done by The Print Shop. They’ve been in business since 1975 and we thank them for continuing to serve the community with pride!
The Nashville MTA/RTA Strategic Planning process, nMotion2015, continues with the release of Service Improvement Strategies, posted on their website. I encourage everyone to sign up for updates, attend and participate at the meetings and stay involved in this issue that has become one of the most critical challenges we face in our region.
The Texas Troubadour Theater in Music Valley has a variety of events from an Elvis show, church on Sunday morning and of course the Midnite Jamboree. It’s also available for rental. Check out their website for details.
Blues Vintage Guitars is a great business located on Elm Hill Pike and owned by Donelson-neighbor Gabe Hernandez. They offer a wide variety of guitars for sale and the inventory is available on their website as well.
Big news from Xerox! They plan to triple their Nashville operations and add 400 jobs to their Royal Parkway site. Check out this article here from the Nashville Business Journal about this exciting development.
Picture This has done a great wine tasting and art event on the “Third Thursday” of each month. They come to Donelson at 115 Cottage Lane on Thursday, June 18th from 4-7pm. See flyer below for details and come enjoy an evening supporting this great local business and artist Jim DeVault.
Donelson welcomed two new great businesses both located in the central business district!
The Bowtie Barber Club offers a unique experience for customers and they had a great grand opening celebration with free food and haircuts. The Donelson-Hermitage Chamber did an official ribbon cutting and Hip Donelson was there with a booth as well with many neighbors to support Keith & Ayla Weiser as we welcomed them to our community. Be sure to visit their website and check out the products and services they offer.
One of the biggest news stories of the month was the announcement of SmartSpace bringing 370 jobs to Donelson! Automated Health Systems is a new company coming to Nashville and Covance brings 120 jobs from downtown relocated to Donelson.
A great new business started by neighbor Christopher Hodges is Heirloom Archaeology, LLC. Christopher helps return lost artifacts that reconnects generations in families. It’s as fascinating business and the recent stories of his success are found on his website and Facebook page.
You may have noticed construction occurring over at The Crossings next door to CareSpot. That will be Yats, a Cajun Creole restaurant chain from Indianapolis that looks delicious. They’ll have an open deck area as well on the side of the building. They should be open this summer. I spoke with the owner and they’re excited to be part of the community.
At my campaign kick-off last September, I mentioned that Ryman Hospitality Properties was working towards the Grand Ole Opry House being added to the National Register of Historic Places. Normally this designation is reserved for properties that are 50-years or older, but the Grand Ole Opry House at 41-years is being added early because of its significant contributions to culture and arts. The Grand Ole Opry celebrates 90-years this year and has a Birthday Bash Weekend scheduled for October 2-3.
Bridgestone’s announcement to consolidate offices and expand their headquarters in a new tower downtown that will create over 600 jobs was one of the biggest announcements for 2014. The 15th District is home to Bridgestone’s current headquarters and will be through 2017 while the new tower is constructed. This also presents a great opportunity to find the next company to move into their current building and create even more jobs.
By now everyone has noticed that Johnson’s Furniture isn’t at 2620 Lebanon Pike anymore. They’ve moved to Elm Hill Pike. I’m excited that the new owner of the building is SmartSpace, who have done great things in Donelson by restoring buildings and giving them new life and beauty as well as filling them with great companies that provide solid career opportunities as well. Thanks to SmartSpace President Floyd Schechter for sharing these renderings of what we have to look forward to seeing after the rehab is complete! To inquire about leasing, contact Anthony Caduff at 615-251-8900. The building will now be called the 2620 Building.