East Side Buzz: Woodland Street Building to Begin Updates by Summer, Building Reuse Project in Highland Heights District, Hot Meals for the Homeless, International Women’s Day Celebration, and more

Woodland Street Building to Begin Updates by Summer

A concrete and brick building that sits on a three-parcel site with the addresses 943-947 Woodland St. in the Five Points neighborhood is slated for exterior and interior upgrades. Renovations are set to begin by this summer on the retail building that was once home to Walk Bike Nashville, Turnip Green Creative Reuse, and Woodland Thrift.

According to the Nashville Post, Gallatin-based real estate investment and development company Green & Little owns the property, having acquired it in October 2014 for $950,000. The real estate company has enlisted Nashville-based STG Design to handle the architectural and interior design.

The property sits within the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency’s Five Points Redevelopment District, and this Tuesday the MDHA Design Review Committee approved the concept plan related to the building.

Courtesy of: Green & Little

Surface parking in front of the property separates the building from the sidewalk, which is similar to many older buildings that line Woodland Street.

Metro Councilmember Brett Withers, District 6 (where the property sits), recently supported a sidewalk variance application that was approved at the Feb. 21 Metro Board of Zoning Appeals meeting. This will allow Green & Little to keep the existing front parking on Woodland Street while also requiring them to repair or replace the existing sidewalk sections across the front of the three-parcel site, reports the Nashville Post.

Along with the building receiving exterior and interior upgrades, the alley will also be gaining attention. “One of the things we’re most excited about is how this property will engage the alley,” says Anderson Green, vice president of Green & Little. “There will be plenty of windows, a monument stair, covered patio, an amenity area, and additional parking along the rear. We envision the alley access as more of an office-user entrance, with the front being more of the retail entrance. Regardless of who uses the entrances, it’ll look much better than what is there today!”

Green says that the previous tenants’ leases matured at the end of February and none of those tenants will be returning after renovations. Green & Little hasn’t begun leasing efforts for the completed project.

Building Reuse Project in Highland Heights District

Nashville-based development company Vintage South is set to launch a building repurpose project located at 747-757 Douglas Ave. in the Highland Heights neighborhood.

Courtesy of Vintage South

This reuse effort rebranded as Highland Yards will be similar to Vintage South’s project Stocking 51 in The Nations which is home to Nicky’s Coal Fired Pizza, Office Evolution, Frothy Monkey, Southern Grist Brewing, Project 615, and more.

Highland Yards’ website states, “Originally Vaughn Manufacturing dating back to the mid-1920s, Highland Yards will become a vibrant development of restaurants, retail, and office space located in the heart of the Highland Heights neighborhood. The original structures, along with floors, brick, and window frames have remained as the space has been meticulously restored to its original state.”

Courtesy of: Vintage South

Nathan Lyons, Vintage South president, says they were already looking for an opportunity in East Nashville and came across this property, which was on the market for sale.

According to Metro Records, Vintage South paid $3.6 million for the property at the end of January.

The project will provide 39,000 square feet of space for the Highland Heights district. The factory offers roughly 35,000 square feet, and the smaller building is around 4,000 square feet.

Courtesy of: Vintage South

Nashville-based CDP Architecture is handling the design. Lyons says they’re eyeing a spring start and an end of year completion is tentatively scheduled.

Some tenants have already signed on for this new project, and Lyons said announcements are coming soon. For more info visit the Highland Yards website.

Hot Meals for the Homeless on Sundays

For the past seven years Nashville First Church of the Nazarene, located at 510 Woodland St. in the Historic Edgefield neighborhood, has served a hot meal to the East Nashville homeless population at 5 p.m. every Sunday.

Courtesy of: Pastor Bob Milburn

Bob Milburn, Emmaus Fellowship Director and Pastor for NFCN says they chose to start serving these Sunday meals because of, “Christ’s love for the homeless and vulnerable neighbors who were hungry and being fed by East Nashville’s Cooperative Ministry, but their space was limited.”

The homeless are educated about this meal program through, “the network of agencies and ministries that serve the homeless population,” says Pastor Milburn.

The food for the hot meals is provided by the church, and on average there are 135 people in attendance.

Six to eight volunteers are needed every Sunday to assist in serving the hot meals, and anyone is welcome to come and join in serving.

If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Judy Hader at 615.497.0635 or Bob Milburn at 615.609.1003.

International Women’s Day Celebration at The Parthenon Nashville

Girl, unKnown Inc. and KSA Martial Academy are hosting an International Women’s Day Celebration at The Parthenon in Centennial Park on March 8.

According to the International Women’s Day website, this “is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.”

Courtesy of: LaKeithea Nicole

The website also states that International Women’s Day has occurred for well over a century, with the first gathering happening in 1911 supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. Today, it is celebrated everywhere, and members of the Nashville community now have an opportunity to be part of that celebration.

This year’s theme is #BalanceForBetter, which focuses on building a gender-balanced world.

Mayor David Briley will provide the opening remarks for the event and will also sign The Every Woman Treaty, along with event coordinators Alexis Hughes Williams, founder of Girl unknown, and Liz Fitzgerald, owner of KSA Martial Academy.

The Every Woman Treaty is a campaign for a global treaty to end violence against women and girls. More than 1,700 women’s rights advocates, lawyers, scholars, and organizations in 125 countries are working together to create a safe world for women and girls.

Chinese Art Alliance will perform as part of the celebration on March 8. Courtesy of: LaKeithea Nicole.

“For me, it’s two-fold: Firstly, with Nashville growing so quickly, it runs the risk of further segregating and alienating the various populations that call it home,” states Fitzgerald in an official International Women’s Day press release. “Events like [International Women’s Day Nashville], International Girl’s Day in October, and the other events that we have planned can bring diverse groups of people together, creating a safe, inclusive space in which they can find common ground to start from and learn to appreciate their differences. Secondly, events like this serve as a source of inspiration, not just to those in attendance, but to the community at large; and, in times like these, where there is so much divisiveness, they can help the community come together for a shared cause.”

The event includes several speakers and performers, wine tastings by Love + Exile, food and beverage options, vendors, photo booth activities, and book signings.

For more info visit the International Women’s Day website.
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Quick Bits

― Nashville has landed five James Beard Award nominations including chef Philip Krajeck’s restaurant Folk in McFerrin Park for Best New Restaurant, and Margot Café & Bar owner-chef Margot McCormack for Outstanding Chef. Visit JamesBeard.org for the entire list of semifinalists.

― Last month Metro cleared out one of Nashville’s largest homeless encampments, beneath overpasses near the intersection of Fifth and Main streets in East Nashville. In doing so, the city evicted the inhabitants of some 30 tents that had been set up there for roughly a year. This camp is one of many that have been shut down in the past five years.  Read more at the Nashville Scene.

― The East Hill neighborhood located near Gallatin Pike and Trinity Lane is listed as one of Nashville’s next up-and-coming neighborhoods according to local realtor Jeff Checko. Read more at WSMV.com.

― Barista Parlor Golden Sound, one of the five coffee bars spawned by the East Nashville original, is recognized as a “text-home-about attraction” by the Wall Street Journal in the article “A Guide to Nashville’s Chicest New Neighborhood” about the Gulch.