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Donelson Business News - August 2019

Check out this great article from Nashville Eater about restaurants to visit in the community.  More are coming.  Sunflower Bakehouse is nearing completion and looking great.  (Thanks to Ron Rice for taking this picture and posting on Hip Donelson.)  And as you now have heard, two doors down at the former Providence Auto will be TennFold, a pizzeria and brewery.  Read about TennFold in the Nashville Post here.  More details to come.

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Donelson Business News - June 2019

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You'll notice the red and white Metro signs along Lebanon Pike between Briley Parkway and Stewart's Ferry Pike in the Urban Design Overlay.  Over the last several months, some business and property owners and I have been meeting with the Planning Department in terms of streamlining aspects based on how its implementation has been going since its inception a decade ago. Changes have never been made to it and these are purely administrative, working in tandem with Planning and property owners. It does not change anything fundamentally with the vision and rather enhances the ease of its applicability when development occurs. A few duplicative elements are being removed as they're already been addressed in subsequent plans that have been created since then, such as NashvilleNext and the Walk-Bike Plan for Sidewalks and Bikeways.  I'm pleased and thankful for how Planning and property owners were all on the same page with this process.  It went before the Planning Commission on Thursday, June 26th and will next go before Council for three readings.  Please feel free to review the red-lined edits here and don't hesitate with any questions.

Congratulations to Mehaul Oleary and team on the grand opening of his new restaurant and pub, The Lost Paddy.  Located at 709 Spence Lane near Murfreesboro Pike, it’s a wonderful new addition to the district.  Thanks to the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce for hosting a great ribbon cutting.

The Lost Paddy

Check out Hi5 Practice’s transformation of 936 Allen Road where their new home is located.  Check out the video of the before and after.  Hi5 is a great marketing company that helps connects medical practices with their patients.  Check out a picture of the inside of their office.  Congrats again to Kevin & Sierra Barnett and their team and thanks for the investment in the district!

Hi5 Practice

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Donelson Business News - May 2019

It’s a Ball Y’all is a new event honoring extraordinary women in our community.  See flyer below for details and visit this link for tickets and sponsorship opportunities.

Its a Ball Y'all with Donelson Hermitage Chamber of Commerce

Explore what Donelson has to offer at Donelson Day on June 15th from 11am to 3pm at Buchanan Log House (2910 Elm Hill Pike).  Come out and meet your neighborhood businesses and friends.  Businesses that are confirmed to be at the event with more to follow:

  • Caliber Coffee- Cold brew and sweet treats
  • Nashville Flower Market- Build your own flower bouquet
  • Zulemas- Flautas and possibly lemonade
  • Hermitage Dance Academy- 2 different performances
  • Paper and Ink Arts- Kids coloring and drawing area
  • Buddy Allen- Samples and SWAG
  • Rehab Therapy- Physical therapy services with discounted evaluation
  • Music City Fencing- Fencing Demonstration
  • Williams Violins- Try to play a violin
  • Buchanan Log House- House will be open for attendees to see the property
  • Nash 103.3- Listener SWAG and possible giveaway
  • Mind Body Institute- Free chair massages during the event by licensed and massage therapy students
  • Full Metal Flowers- Local metal artist selling items
  • Remington College- SWAG and giving away a free teeth whitening session
  • Kona Ice Truck- Shaved ice for sale during event
  • Jae's Gems- Mining table and mineral display
  • Smart Supplies- Creating the entrance sign displaying "Donelson Day"
  • Hermitage Officers- Patrol cars with sticker badges and kids items
  • Nashville Airport Police Department
  • Semper Sliders- Burger sliders

Donelson Day at Buchanan Log House

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Donelson Business News - April 2019

Congratulation to our new Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Terri Williams Nutter!  The DH Chamber release a press release, which is as follows:  Terri has an eclectic employment history.  She currently serves as Children’s Minister at Donelson Church of Christ, a position she has held for four years.  She holds an affiliate broker’s license with Beck & Beck Real Estate, Inc., and has 20 years’ experience in residential real estate.  Originally from Memphis, Terri moved to the Donelson area at the age of 17 to work as an entertainer at Opryland and has lived in the Donelson-Hermitage area off and on for over 40 years.  She worked in Branson, Missouri, in the height of its popularity as a destination, and after returning to Tennessee, performed again at Opryland and in the Music Valley area of Donelson, as well as in Pigeon Forge.  She has sung on the Grand Ole Opry, is a published songwriter, and was a recording artist at Warner Bros. Records.  She has also traveled and performed internationally.  Terri was the co-producer of Branson Fest for fourteen years and producer of the 1994 Branson Area Festival of Lights lighting ceremony for the Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.  She has served as VIP and Volunteer Committee Co-Chair for United Cerebral Palsy, was the Community Relations Chairperson for Friends of Nashville School of the Arts, and toured the state as an ambassador with Gov. Lamar Alexander and other celebrities and dignitaries as part of Tennessee Homecoming ‘86.  She is currently the 2019 Chair of the Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce Women In Business and a current class member of Leadership Donelson-Hermitage.  She is a member of the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors and of Donelson Church of Christ.

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Donelson Business News - February 2019

I was happy to join Mayor Briley, Ryman Hospitality CEO Colin Reed and members of Marriott’s leadership team to cut the ribbon on the new SoundWaves water park at Opryland.  Remember that there is a special Davidson County resident discount.

SoundWaves Water Park at Opryland

I joined the Nashville Chamber of Commerce and team at the Better Business Bureau on celebrating their move from downtown to Century City.  They very much needed larger office space as they’ve grown over the years.

Better Business Bureau

Congratulations and welcome to Nashville Piano Rescue!  As a piano player, I’m of course very subjective, but they do fantastic work.  If you’ve ever wanted a piano but were afraid of the cost, go check them out.  They’re a great addition to the music shops that have come to town over the past few years like Blues Vintage Guitars and William’s Fine Violins & Luthiers.

Welcome Nashville Piano Rescue!

The Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce’s 11th Annual “Taste of Donelson-Hermitage” will be March 25th at The Inn at Opryland.  Call the Chamber at 615-883-7896 for more info or to save a space.

It fills me with great pride to drive past the former Papa Murphy’s building one morning with the sun shining down on it and an “Available” sign on it.  I have spent this entire term fighting against an attempt by a predatory lender trying to skirt regulations and illegally expand into this building, which would have degraded the character and quality of Donelson’s central business district and continued to exploit our most vulnerable neighbors.  I’m proud of the legislation I passed strengthening regulations and we finally defeated them in the court system as they left the building abandoned and instead challenged regulations up through the TN State Court of Appeals.  I’m very pleased to see these efforts have finally paid off and we will hopefully see a new business here that we can all be proud of and warmly welcome. For more info on this listing, visit here.

Papa Murphys Building is Available

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Donelson Business News - July 2018

Congratulations to Masonry Specialty Contractors on the groundbreaking of their new building at 2540 Park Drive.  Thanks to Greg Holland and his team for investing in Donelson and expanding their business.

Masonry Specialty Contractors come to Donelson!

Spot’s Pet Supply & Dog Wash is coming to Donelson!  They’ll be located at 2412 Lebanon Pike where Trojan Labor used to be.  The building is looking like their signature Dalmatian (spots painted by Two Rivers Middle school students).  They will open July 1st and their grand opening party will be Saturday, July 14th. 

Check out this great coming soon video showing the progress of the building.  Thanks to Andy & Chad Baker for investing in Donelson!

Thanks to the Music Valley Merchant’s Association and Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation for putting together a Music Valley – Traditions of Nashville Package to market tourism and hospitality in Music Valley.  Spread the word to your family and friends who are visiting here to take advantage of this opportunity.

A new business in the Music Valley area is AxeVentures.  That’s right.  Axe throwing!  Kind of like darts, but more exciting.  They offer leagues and more.  Check them out.

Zulema’s Kitchen opened their second location here in Donelson at the corner of Graylynn Drive / Lebanon Pike and has been a big hit.  Read more about them here in this article in the Tennessean.

Caliber Coffee has been another big hit since they opened.  Their food and coffee are delicious.  Give them a try!

Party Fowl should be open by the end of July.  The build-out is coming along great.

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Donelson Business News - April 2018

The Belair Mansion’s final site plan will go to the Planning Commission on April 26.  It will be a bed and breakfast and the original site plan is scaled back and does not have an entrance/exit on Revere Place.  Below is the site plan.

Site Improvement Plans for Belair Mansion

I’m thankful that TN Quick Cash lost their appeal at the Tennessee State Court of Appeals.  They can still appeal to the State Supreme Court and I continue to monitor this and will keep you all posted.

The Taste of Donelson-Hermitage will be on April 23rd and held at the Hilton Nashville Airport from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.  See flyer below for details.

Taste of Donelson Hermitage

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Donelson Business News - October 2017

Sindoore – Indian by Nature opened up recently in Donelson to rave reviews. It’s located at 457 Donelson Pike and the food is delicious. I encourage everyone to try it!

I was honored to be at the ribbon cutting for SmART Supplies, which supports Progress, Inc. Big thanks to State Representative Bill Beck for attending as well. Thanks to the Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce for being part of the event.

SmART Supplies

This is welcome news for District 15, which has a small part of 37217 along Spence Lane and Murfreesboro Pike. It is designated as a Tier One Center as part of Nashville Next, which means it’s a focus to create a walkable, transit-friendly area to grow sustainably. Murfreesboro Pike is slated to be a mass transit line from Rutherford County and possibly also as a connection from the airport.

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Donelson Business News - September 2017

Be sure to check out the last edition of my newsletter on updates for almost twenty different developments happening in the 15th District.

Welcome Caliber Coffee!  This will be a new coffee shop and , which will be the third locally-owned coffee shop coming to Donelson, which will also have a full menu.  It’s an exciting time of new locally owned restaurants popping up and I’m so thankful for our neighbors who are taking the courageous steps of starting their own small business right here in the community.

SmART Supplies is coming to Music Valley!  This could be both part of the Business News or Non-Profit News section as SmART Supplies is a social enterprise of Progress, Inc., who do great work on behalf of those with disabilities and seniors who need care.  Their ribbon cutting will be Friday, September 22nd.  See flyer below for details.

Smart Supplies Is Coming to Music Valley

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Donelson Business News - August 2017

It’s exciting times in Donelson as news of positive developments is all around us.  It’s going to be a busy last half of the year.  Here’s an update on potential/rumored and “coming soon” developments:

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Donelson Business News - July 2017

Donelson Corner is in the process of receiving an upgrade and facelift and will encourage great new tenants at the shopping center as well.  I’m thankful to HJL Properties, run by the Eakes family, for making this investment.  Below is a rendering of what the completed project will look like.

Donelson Corner Revitalization

Two buildings at the corner of Graylynn Drive and Lebanon Pike have received a nice upgrade and renovation.  Deli Dogs & Sweet Treats at 104 Graylynn Drive serves delicious hot dogs, smoked sausage, grilled cheese and other favorites in addition to delicious desserts.  Right in front of the restaurant is the former Jackie’s Barber Shop that was painted to match the building behind it and is now Monty’s Barber Shop.  Both of these businesses will be having a Grand Opening for the community on Saturday, July 22nd, so please spread the word and come on out.

Deli Dogs Sweets and Tweets

 

Deli Dogs Menu

Monty's Barber Shop

Music Valley has a new restaurant to try out and this one supports Veteran’s unemployment issue as well.  Semper Sliders offers a variety of sliders including beef, chicken, pork and Portobello.  They are located just under the Music Valley Village sign at the entrance.  You can’t miss the green trailer.  Below is a flyer with employment and more information about this new business and a check out this story from News Channel 5 here.

Semper Sliders in Music Valley Village

The proposed multi-family development across the street from Donelson Station was approved by the Planning Commission on June 22.  You can read the action agenda from the Commission here.  It will next be at the full Council for Public Hearing on Tuesday, August 1st.  Keep tabs with the Metro Council Agenda page.

The Kmart-anchored shopping center on Donelson Pike was sold recently for $5.8 million.  There are no current plans for any changes to occur with shopping center and Kmart is not closing.  Check out an article from The Tennessean here with more information.

Congratulations to The Nashville Palace on their 40th Anniversary.  Big thanks to John A. Hobbs for creating and supporting this now legendary music venue in Nashville and his grandson, Barrett Hobbs, for continuing on making it a place to showcase great talent, both up and coming and well-known.  I’m honored to present them a proclamation recognizing this mile stone later this year.  Check out an article from The Tennessean about this story here.

A number of folks have asked me what the parking lot at 1809 Lebanon Pike is going in across from the Clovernook neighborhood.  Ultimately, it is affiliated with the Mercedes Benz dealership being constructed at the I-40 / Briley Parkway interchange.  It will be an auxiliary lot for their operations.

Several have noticed some infrastructure pieces being brought in to the site that is being raised up near Mill Creek and next do Donelson Hills.  This development proposal passed in 2011 and they will only develop ten of the forty acres.  The ten acres will include 18,000 square feet of retail at the front and about fifty small homes behind it.  They’ve been building up the ten acres to be developed over the past several years to be at grade with Lebanon Pike.  The other thirty acres will be arbors, trails and wetlands and could connect to future parts of the Greenway system.  The development team recently secured a deal with Goodall Homes, a reputable Middle Tennessee builder, so hopefully the rate of progress on this site will continue to increase as we’ve seen over the past month or so.

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Donelson Business News - May 2017

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.

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Donelson Business News - March-April 2017

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.Party Fowl Coming to Donelson - Jeff Syracuse Metro Council District 15

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Donelson Business News - February 2017

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.

Madam Tussauds Job Fair

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.

Donelson Bowl

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!

Paper Inks Arts

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Donelson Business News - January 2017

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.

Cary Street - Donelson Hermitage - Chamber of Commerce Executive Director

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.

DH Chamber 2016 Community Service Award

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.

Paper Ink Arts Grand Opening

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.

AmeriCorps VISTA Opportunities

AmeriCorps VISTA Opportunities

AmeriCorps VISTA Opportunities

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Donelson Business News October 2016

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.

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Donelson Business News - September 2016

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.

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Donelson Business News - August 2016

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.

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Donelson Business News - June 2016

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.

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Donelson Business News - April 2016

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.

Nashville Small Business Development Incentives 2016

Nashville Small Business Development Incentives 2016

Nashville will be the home of a new Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum opening in 2017 at Opry Mills.  Read more about it in this article from Music Row Magazine.

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.
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