East Side Buzz, October 30

Neighborhood News!

Celebrate Our 10th Anniversary With Us!
It’s our 10th anniversary, and we’re celebrating with a very special print edition. Slated for a mid-November street date, this will be a perfect way for you to support independent local media while at the same time getting your message in front of our devoted readers just in time for the holidays!

Please don’t hesitate to contact our sales team for more information: sales@theeasnashvillian.com.

And speaking of issues, our supply of our most recent is down to just a few copies, so if you see one in the wild you’d better grab it fast. Or you can place an order for any of the deluxe merch we’re now offering through our webstore and get one of the few remaining copies. Place your order today!

Changes Coming for Five Points Zoning
It was announced last week that the board of the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) plan to allow the MDHA Redevelopment District that includes Fatherland Street, and South 11th and 12th Streets to expire at the end of this year. The zoning for the area would then revert to base zoning rules.

The move will simplify development guidelines and allow by-right residential construction that matches surrounding properties and is expected to attract a new wave of redevelopment to the area. Councilperson Brett Withers supports the move that will allow for a moderate-intensity mix of shops, homes, and offices in the Five Points business district without allowing meaningful changes to height and volume restrictions.

The East End, Historic Edgefield, and Lockeland Springs neighborhood associations have voiced objections to the plan. In a joint letter to MDHA, they asked the board to extend the guidelines until a better plan can be developed.

Proponents of the expiration note that the guidelines were originally proposed to combat urban blight in the Five Points area which is no longer a problem and that the existing historic overlay will protect the character of the neighborhood. More information on the soon to expire Five Points Redevelopment District is available at the MDHA’s website.

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Have a Happy but Safe Halloween!
The favorite holiday for millions of kids and adults alike is upon us and while spooky Halloween fun is good, taking chances with your health and the health of others is a terrifying prospect. The current forecast for Halloween evening this year is perfect trick or treat weather — partly cloudy with temperatures in the fifties — so there’s no reason to miss out on some Halloween fun as long as you do so safely.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website has a great guide for trick or treating safely along with suggestions for alternative activities. Most importantly, avoid indoor parties or gatherings, remember to keep at least six feet of distance between you and spooks and goblins you don’t live with, and wear a cloth mask that covers both your nose and mouth. A traditional Halloween mask is not a safe alternative.

For more info, visit the CDC’s Halloween website and Happy Hauntings!

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Don’t Miss the Caroling for Kids Kickoff
While we don’t believe in rushing Christmas, some events require extra early preparation and are for a good cause. That’s the case with the 104th Annual Fannie Battle Caroling for Kids.

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 online. Don’t miss the special kickoff program on Thursday, November 5, starting at 10 a.m. on Fannie Battle’s Facebook page. And for more info, visit the Caroling for Kids webpage.

Keep Shelby Green and be a Friend!
Show you love for a greener East Side by showing up to plant trees in November! On November 14 and 15, the Nashville Tree Conservation Corps will be planting 290 trees along Shelby Avenue for the first installment of Shelby Avenue’s Arboretum. They need your help to do it!

To find out more, learn how to plant a tree correctly, and to find out the precautions they’ll be following to protect the health of volunteers, just visit the NTCC’s Shelby Avenue Fall Planting signup page.  And be sure to invite a friend — the more the greenier!

And once you’re done making Shelby Avenue a greener street follow it on down to Shelby Park and Bottoms. You can now show your support for this special place with your purchase of a specialty license plate. The proposed plate is available to anyone with a vehicle registered in the state of Tennessee. with proceeds benefiting Friends of Shelby Park and Bottoms.

But the catch is 1,000 preorders are required by December 2020 for the plates to be approved. For more info, and to reserve your plate visit the Friends of Shelby website today!

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Time for Spring Break with Will Kimbrough
Winter may be on the way, but local hero Will Kimbrough is delivering Spring Break to you months early with his new album which dropped last Friday. An all-acoustic solo album that Kimbrough recorded at home, Spring Break is a timely reflection on the crazy times we all find ourselves living through.

Available on the major streaming services, you can also purchase it directly from Will’s website.

Quick Bits

  • The former home of the nonprofit children’s advocacy organization, CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates), recently sold for approximately $1.05 million. Located at 601 Woodland St., the roughly 5,600-square-foot house was built in 1917 as a private residence. CASA moved their operations to a temporary location in Midtown earlier this year and have plans to eventually move into a space in the Davidson County Juvenile Court Building. For more info on CASA, visit casanashville.org.
  • Plans to renovate the Stadium Inn may be finally moving forward with the recent issuance of a $10.8 million construction permit. Opened in June 1967 as the Dobbs House Quality Courts, the seven-story hotel was part of a wave of new construction along the then recently completed Interstate corridor through East Nashville. Over the decades the building fell into disrepair, eventually becoming a “hotbed of criminal activity,” as described in a 2018 lawsuit. Plans to renovate the property into a boutique hotel were announced in July 2019 but little progress has been made.
  • Charleston, South Carolina-based Middle Street Partners is under contract to purchase an approximately 13-acre lot at 2820 Dickerson Pike where they plan to build 326 townhomes. The property was previously under contract to the San Antonio-based apartment development company Embrey Partners Ltd.
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