Hill Realty Co. will soon begin rehab of the Hill Center Five Points. Photo: Chuck Allen

East Side Buzz, December 4

Rebuilding and Recovery in the News

Celebrate Our 10th Anniversary With Us!
It’s our 10th anniversary, and we’re celebrating with a very special print edition. The new issue of The East Nashvillian will be showing up in street boxes and other regular distribution points soon!

In addition, you can also snag a copy by ordering any of the deluxe merch we’re now offering through our webstore. Place your order today!

Time to Nominate the East Nashvillians of the Year!
Know someone or a business that is making East Nashville a better place to live? The Historic East Nashville Merchants Association is now accepting nominations for the East Nashvillian of the Year award for 2020 in both the Business and Individual categories.  These annual awards honor those individual citizens and local businesses and their owners, who exemplify the true spirit of being a good neighbor — those who actively seek to make East Nashville a better place.

For example, check out our profiles of last year’s winners — Delgado Guitars owner Manuel Delgado and community activist, Marilyn Greer — and peruse last year’s nominees and previous winners at the HENMA website.

So look around and see how you think are worthy of this honor, and submit your nominations at the HENMA ENOTY Nomination page. And be sure to act fast, the deadline for nominations is Thursday, December 10, 2020.

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Rehab Plans Announced Hill Center Five Points on Woodland
Hill Realty Co. announced their plans for the rehab and rebuilding of Hill Center Five Points this week. The two-building mixed-use development located at 960-970 Woodland St. was home to several retail businesses including Burger Up, The Soda Parlor, Clean Juice, and Resolution Eye Care. The entire site was severely damaged by the March 3 tornado.

According to a press release, the Nashville-based EOA Architects has submitted plans to the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency Design Review Committee that include a rehab of a two-story 11,500-square-foot building which will now be exclusively office space and a new 3,350 square-foot restaurant building with a rooftop bar at 970 Woodland St. Landscape architect and land-planning firm Hawkins Partner Inc. Is slated to occupy the top floor of the two-story office building, but no tenants have been announced yet for the downstairs office space or the adjacent restaurant space. A late 2021 completion date has been announced for the project.

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Metro Seeking Plans to Transform the East Bank
The Metro Planning Department is now seeking bids from consulting teams for plans for a “cohesive and coordinated redevelopment” of the East Bank of the Cumberland River. The desired plans would encompass roughly 150 acres of land, from the Shelby Bottoms Nature Center and Greenway north to Jefferson Street.

The desire is to create a dense, urban mixed-use area accommodating pedestrians, bicycles, vehicles, and mass transit that would connect and support the redevelopment already underway for the River North area.

Bids for proposed studies are due by Dec. 18. A timeline for awarding the contract has not been specified. For more information contact the Metro Planning Department.

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Have a Holly Jolly and Safe Holidays with Caroling for Kids!
A reminder that the 104th Annual Fannie Battle Caroling for Kids officially kicked off and will run through December 24. This major fundraiser for Fannie Battle’s mission of combating poverty and building better futures for children has been an annual tradition since 1916, and this year’s event is going virtual. For more info, visit the Caroling for Kids webpage.

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Spread the Green This Winter!
From now through December 31, the Turnip Truck is giving customers the opportunity to add to their totals and donate to NTCC and their mission to replace trees downed by tornadoes. Every tree planted with funds raised through Turnip Truck’s campaign will be marked with a tag bearing the store’s logo.

“Turnip Truck exists to support the well-being of our neighbors,” founder and CEO John Dyke says. “Maintaining Nashville’s tree canopy is imperative to the livability of our community – and the beauty of the city we call home. With East Nashville losing so many majestic trees in this year’s tornadoes, this was a natural partnership for us.”

For more information on the NTCC and their efforts visit nashvilletreeconservationcorps.org.

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Aaron Lee Tasjan Releases New Single, “Sunday Women”
East Nashville’s own Aaron Lee Tasjan has released a new original single from his forthcoming studio album, Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan!, due out February 5th from New West Records.

The second preview single is “Sunday Women. Check it out right here.

Quick Bits

  • As we announced last week, Weiss Liquors’ landmark sign is back and better than ever. The unofficial lighting ceremony went off without a hitch Saturday night and the neon spirits are flowing again on Main St. Check it out for yourself at 824 Main St. or on Instagram.
  • More good tornado recovery news. The East Nashville location of Jerry’s Artarama at 713 Main St. is on its way back and has been posting photos of the progress on Facebook. Follow them to keep up on the progress.
  • Local commercial real estate investor and developer Tyler Cauble’s plans for a new restaurant project at 1101 McKennie Ave. appear to be moving forward. The sale of the property, which fronts onto Gallatin Avenue near the intersection with Douglas Avenue, was purchased by Cauble this week for $412,000 according to a story in Nashville Post. A zoning variance request to build a restaurant on the site was approved by the Metro Board of Zoning Appeals at their November 19 meeting.
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