East Side Buzz, February 4

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Matters of Development

An East Nashville commercial building with the address of 1312 Woodland St. — near Lipstick Lounge at the intersection of Woodland and N. 14th Streets — is listed for sale with two accompanying buildings for $3.7 million, according to the Nashville Post

Two East Nashville properties adjacent to Eastside Heights Apartments, near St. Ann’s Episcopal Church — a combined .38 acres at 407 and 409 Russell St. — are listed for sale at a combined price of $5 million, according to the Nashville Post.

A New Orleans developer paid approximately $12.5 million for 11 parcels off Dickerson Pike in East Nashville, on which it plans a mixed-use development, according to the Nashville Post. The addresses are 1505-1603 Dickerson Pike, and 1612 and 1616 Luton St. 

A .63-acre East Nashville commercial property with an address of 926 Main St. sold for $4 million — more than eight times the amount it sold for 12.5 years ago — according to the Nashville Post

Urban Cowboy Nashville has created its own standalone wine bar called Parlor Wine Bar, according to the Nashville Scene.


Partners in Care Program Presents Results

Metro’s Partners in Care program, which places mental health clinicians in police cars in two MNPD precincts — North and Hermitage — presented its second-quarter results Thursday to its stakeholder committee of 18 organizations. 

According to data presented in the 90-minute virtual meeting, there have been over 800 Partner in Care responses to mental health crises — more in quarter one (542) than in quarter two (279) — since the pilot program began in June. 

About 80 percent of all Partners in Care events were dispatched by Metro’s Department of Emergency Communications. The program saw about 30 calls result in an arrest, said the department’s director Stephen Martini, who noted that the system for dispatching clinicians is “very dynamic.” 

“We’re continually looking for how we can send the right resources to the right place at the right time,” Martini said. 

The second quarter (Sept. 29-Dec. 28) call disposition saw 25.2 percent of cases where support or rapport building was offered; 21.8 percent a community referral or other resources were provided; 21.2 percent saw transportation to the emergency room; 13.6 percent saw transportation to inpatient care; 6.5 percent saw transportation to a crisis treatment center; 3.7 percent saw transportation to jail. 

The type of crisis varied, with 48 percent being suicidal ideation, 43 percent being psychosis, and 13 percent being homicidal ideation, according to data presented by Metro Public Health Department Epidemiologist Katie Schlotman. 

“Quarter two has a significantly larger portion of people transported to the hospital,” Schlotman said.  

Use-of-force came from 1.5 percent of calls in quarter one, and .7 percent of calls in quarter two. 

Responding to a post-meeting question from The East Nashvillian, Schlotman stated that the fatal Jan. 27 shooting of a man standing on I-65 by at least nine officers was not a Partners in Care event and was not reflected in the data. 

“The Partners in Care pilot program pairs a clinician from the Mental Health Co-Op and a police officer on the day and evening shifts in two precincts, North and Hermitage (one team per precinct per shift Monday-Friday),” Metro Police Public Affairs Director Don Aaron said in an email. “While a police negotiator was requested to this call on I-65 close to the Davidson County/Williamson County line at 2:06 p.m., there was not a request for a Crisis Intervention Team from North or Hermitage to respond.” 

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There are currently four full-time clinicians working in the program, and two volunteers, said Michael Randolph, a volunteer clinician with Mental Health Cooperative who also helps organize the program. 

Randolph gave a few recent examples of his work, such as responding to a call where an unhoused person had entered a vacant apartment to sleep. After police determined that the scene was safe, Randolph said he was able to speak to the man about housing options and ask the apartment complex not to press charges. 

“We were able to get him to McDonald’s and buy him breakfast,” Randolph said. 

The purpose of the program is to connect individuals to health care and services while ensuring the safety and well-being of community members, police officers, emergency medical responders, and clinicians. 

Once the Partners in Care team is called to the scene, MNPD officers stabilize the situation so that clinicians from the Mental Health Cooperative can assess the individuals and connect them to the behavioral health care they need. 

The year-long pilot program, underwritten by federal pandemic-response funds, lasts until June. However, Metro aims to expand the program to other precincts, including downtown’s Central precinct, in the near future. Metro also plans to have 550 officers and supervisors trained with crisis intervention training over the next three years. 


Mayor Launches Sustainability Agenda

Nashville Mayor John Cooper aims to cut Metro’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent. 

“America’s cities are on the front lines of combating climate change and increasing our resilience to natural disasters,” Cooper said in a statement. “Nashville has brought a sense of urgency and a practical, collaborative approach to getting this work done. We made strong gains in 2021, and I’m committed to doing more.”

The Mayor’s Office will work across Metro departments and agencies and with community partners on a draft implementation plan for targeting Metro’s and the city’s biggest sources of emissions, seeking the best opportunities to reduce overall emissions by 80 percent.

Tuesday, Metro Council approved legislation — advanced by Cooper — adopting a goal to reduce Metro’s emissions by 80 percent, relative to its 2014 levels, by 2050. 

“Setting and working toward this target recommended by our committee can help improve the health of Nashvillians, create jobs in the clean energy sector, and advance environmental equity,” said Linda Breggin, co-chair of Mayor Cooper’s sustainability advisory committee and a senior attorney at the Environmental Law Institute.

“Furthermore, by committing to carbon reductions and increasing the city’s renewable energy capacity, Nashville will become even more attractive to the multitude of companies with their own greenhouse gas reduction commitments that are looking to expand, relocate, or site new facilities,” she added.

The Mayor’s Office is also working on a solar feasibility assessment for over 600 city-owned sites. The city hopes to begin solar installations as early as next year in its effort to power more of the Metro government with renewable power. 

Cooper has also pledged his support for a much-needed tree-planting effort. Metro government will plant a half-million trees in Davidson County by 2050 through its private-public partnership Root Nashville — 9,500 trees this year and another 12,000 in 2023. 

Nashville lost a total of 918 acres’ worth of trees in the last 14 years — primarily on parcels undergoing development from 2008 until 2016 — according to 2018 GIS layers maintained by Metro.

Metro Council in December 2021 approved legislation — put forth by Cooper — to invest about one percent of revenues from the city’s construction activities into restoring, caring for, and growing Nashville’s tree canopy.

To learn more about Nashville’s first-ever, 100-megawatt solar energy partnership: nashville.gov

To learn more about Metro’s updated building codes and energy standards: nashville.gov

To learn more about Mayor Cooper’s 2019 singing of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy: nashville.gov

“Sound & Color” Art Show To Feature Wilco’s Pat Sansone And More Feb. 11

Eclectic “pop-noir” musician and artist, Nicole Atkins, has a fine art show scheduled for Feb. 11 featuring some of Nashville’s most recognized names in music — and who also happen to be her friends. 

Atkins — who is featured on Elvis Costello’s new album, Wilco’s Pat Sansone, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews, Andrew Combs, and most recent Nashville transplant, Marissa Nadler — a new name to some Nashvillians, but not to the many fans of her metal-adjacent songwriting — will all be showing their visual art as part of “Sound & Color.”

“Me and Courtney Marie Andrews, years ago, we would get together and make art, and we were just talking about there are a lot of us musicians who do art too, and we should have a gallery show,” Atkins said. 

The opportunity came when Atkins recently discovered Madison art gallery/dance studio/performance space, sometimes, located at 213 Brawner Ave., and began renting personal studio space there. 

“When I got into this pace, it was like, ‘perfect, we can do this,’” Atkins said. 

“Sound & Color” will feature the photography of Sansone, and paintings by Andrews, Combs, and Nadler. Atkins describes her own work as “mixed-media.” All art will be for sale and, with the exception of Sansone, the featured artists will likely be performing their music as well, Atkins says. 

The show will open at 7 p.m., with an improvised performance by Spencer Cullum’s Coin Collection — featuring skilled pedal steel player Cullum — and dancer Kristen Carrera. The show is expected to end at 10 p.m.

“I think it’ll be really cool,” Atkins said. “It’s just a cool way to integrate musicians in an art scene. Because they have [live] shows there, and they have art shows there. Why can’t we do both?” 

“Sound & Color” will run through the month. Contact @social.sometimes through Instagram to schedule a private viewing of the exhibition. 

Quick Bits

Love Buzz

We’ll leave y’all with the mellow-chill-instrumental-goodness of “Kulaniapia Waltz” from our pal Steve Dawson off his forthcoming release, Gone, Long Gone. If you’ve felt as long gone as we have lately, this track will take you to some faraway beach without a care in the world. A welcome respite from the noise. Pre-save the stream link or preorder CD/vinyl here.

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