Jeff Syracuse Metro Council District 15
Donelson Neighborhood News - July 2018
I was honored to present a proclamation to Roland White as he turns 80-years young and was recently inducted into the International Bluegrass Hall of Fame. Congratulations, Roland! Be sure to catch one of Roland’s shows at Homegrown Taproom & Marketplace and at the legendary Station Inn.
I will be having a community meeting on Thursday, July 19th at 6pm at Lakewood Baptist Church at 400 Donelson Pike for Woodberry Park neighbors in regards to a rezoning proposal of Donelson Pike 222-228, the four single family homes that have mostly been abandoned over the past few years. There is a proposal for a mixed-use development. Below is a preliminary schematic of the proposal.
The Fairway Drive Sidewalk Project is finally underway! As you drive on Fairway Drive, please take caution and slow down. Currently, Piedmont Natural Gas is relocating a gas line. It should take several months to complete.
Thanks to everyone who attended our community meeting at Grace Church of the Nazarene regarding the non-owner occupied short term rental that had a huge party and an AK-47 was used to shoot up the house. Thanks to Commander Preston Brandimore, Sergeant Jeff White and the detectives working the case for updating neighbors on the status of the investigation. Thanks as well to Codes Director Bill Herbert for coming to explain steps taken as well as the impact of the newly enacted State legislation, which limits the authority of what action we can take now in regards to STR’s. The positive tangible step that came out of the meeting is the beginnings of forming a more solid communication network for Miami Avenue residents and hopefully a formal Neighborhood Watch.
Thanks to 15th District Beautification Commissioner Michele Mazzu for hosting a “Dirt on Composting” community forum at FiftyForward Donelson Station. Here is more information on composting from Metro as well as Compost Nashville has a lot of information on their site as well.
Michelle continues these educational community meetings on Saturday August 4th at FiftyForward Donelson Station with a Recycling 101, which is a class that presents an overview on the importance of waste reduction and ways that waste reduction can be met – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! This will touch on each area for waste reduction, what Public Works is doing and what resources are available city- wide.
Congratulations to Abbington Park HOA President Rick Cowan for being appointed by Mayor Briley to serve on the Emergency Communications District Board. Below is Rick and family meeting with Mayor Briley prior to his confirmation by Metro Council at our June 19th meeting.
For those in and around Abbington Park, the annexation from GSD to USD will be implemented this year. Here is the schedule of implementation.
I continue to work on Traffic Calming efforts a great deal. Sunset View is currently being studied and Colonial Circle is a narrow road that is used often as a cut through and needs support. Neighborhoods that are part of the Traffic Calming Program will continue to be studied to evaluate if what was installed is working and if anything further needs to be done. Woodberry Park is also being studied and as part, Lakeland Drive will be reduced from 35 MPH to 30 MPH. Additionally, Hargis Heights (Stinson Road) will be studied and McGavock Pike in front of Kroger has become quite congested and the speed limit there would benefit everyone from being lowered.
Thanks to Merry Oaks neighbors for coming to Donelson Presbyterian Church to learn about the multi-family proposal at the corner of Briley Parkway / Lebanon Pike. Overall, the feedback from neighbors was positive. These will be market-rate and for-sale product. They’ll only be accessible from Lebanon Pike and not be accessible from within the Merry Oaks neighborhood. As of the writing of my newsletter, nothing has been filed yet, but once it is, it’ll go through the standard rezoning process of three readings at Council (second is public hearing) and the Planning Commission as well (also a public hearing). Conceptual renderings are below.