Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Hamilton United Methodist Church 2012 Fall Festival

Metro Council Agenda - Nashboro Undeveloped Parcels and Resolutions Honoring District 29's Teachers of the Year at Una and Lakeview Elementary
The Metro Council Agenda has been posted to include the legislation distributed last night at our community meeting for the 3 undeveloped Nashboro parcels. Also recognitions for Una Football and Recreation at Una Park longtime cheerleading coach Ruth Currie, Teacher's of the Year at Una Elementary and Lakeview Elementary Schools in our District.

Majority of Hickory Hollow Mall sold for $1M; owner discusses future

Majority of Hickory Hollow Mall sold for $1M; owner discusses future

Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2012, 12:19pm CDT - Last Modified: Wednesday, October 31, 2012, 2:41pm CDT
Rajesh Aggarwal never imagined he would own a mall. He's still not sure if he's made the right decision in buying a huge chunk of the largely vacant Hickory Hollow Mall for $1 million.
Aggarwal approached Chattanooga-based CBL & Associates Properties Inc. (NYSE: CBL) about buying a small 5,000-square-foot space in the struggling mall for his wife, a physician, to open a clinic.
"(CBL) said, 'You can have the whole mall for the same price,' " said Aggarwal, who owns a Comfort Inn on Demonbreun Street and an apartment complex in Murfreesboro.
As of this week, he's now the owner of a 617,000-square-foot portion of the mall, sitting on more than 27 acres. More than 428,000 square feet is leasable space, including the portion occupied by Electronic Express. The deal didn't include the mall's anchor store portions.
While it may seem like a steal for a mall that sold for $126 million in 1998, Aggarwal said he's keenly aware it could turn into a money pit.
"If someone wants to give you an elephant for free, would you take it?" he said. "The maintenance costs will eat you alive. We will have to work very hard to get the mall going, or it will continue to incur a lot of expenses without generating income."
Aggarwal expects to invest an additional million-plus dollars into the property, which he says is in "good shape." He plans to enlist a property manager and real estate broker to market the property.
"We will see if I made the right move," he said. "Time will tell."
In June, CBL asked all but about a dozen of the mall's tenants to leave. Hickory Hollow Mall has been struggling for years. This year both Macy's and Sears closed their doors, leaving the mall without a department store.
Nashville State Community College opened a satellite location in the mall in August, in the former Dillard's space. Metro also has plans for a community center and various green space, and officials have said the struggling retail center needs a range of uses for a proper jump-start.
Nevin Batiwalla covers real estate/development and regional economic development.

NewsChannel5 Investigates How A Neighborhood Became A Dump

By Ben Hall
Investigative Reporter
NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Developers promised something different. Residents thought they were getting a development that included buildings and a green area. Instead, they now live beside a dump.
"It's supposed to be a greenway, a little pond and trees and benches to sit on," said James Mullins.
He and others near the Antioch community feel deceived by what is on the 44 acre tract of land beside Mullins' home.
There are huge mounds of concrete and gravel.
Neighbors claim property owners are gaming the system.
"This is unacceptable," said Metro Councilwoman Karen Y. Johnson.
Johnson says she attended a public meeting last year in which developers promised to build homes, industrial properties and a green area with a pond.
"There was no talk in the meeting about the operation that is occurring there today," Johnson said as she looked over the site.
She was shocked when we showed her a website advertising a recycling facility and dump site on the property.
"This is new and was not the intended use for the entire parcel," Johnson said.
The property is part of a family trust.
Metro has fined the owners twice in the last three years for "failing to follow approved plans," including a stop work order in 2009.
Just this summer, Metro fined owners for building a 30,000 square foot concrete slab that was not approved.
NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked, "When does your patience run out?"
Sonia Harvat with Metro Water, which oversees the grading permit on the property, "Unfortunately we aren't allowed to run out of patience."
Harvat says to just shut down the operation wouldn't serve anyone.
"As long as some progress is being made, they are allowed to do business, and we have to allow them to do their business," Harvat said.
The owners claim they are leveling out the property, so they can eventually build on it.
Complicating matters, last year, the Metro Planning Commission approved a "temporary" "processing facility" for the site.
Now tanker trucks can legally dump things like drilling fluid on the site.
NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked a spokesman for the owners when the recycling and dumping will stop on the property.
Roy Dale responded, "I don't know that I can answer that question."
Dale is the engineer and represents the owners in front of Metro Boards.
NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked, "Do the owners have a clear vision for what is going to be here?"
Dale responded, "I think yes. At the end of the day it's going be a commercial industrial site no doubt about it."
NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked, "Do they have a clear vision on a timetable?"
Dale responded, "Probably not."
He admits the recycling facility is the main focus on the property right now, but insists he is trying to get the owners to start building what they originally promised soon.
"I think that's something they should do. And I think it's something that ya'll have probably helped to happen, and I think that's a good thing," Dale said.
Karen Johnson says the Metro Council never meant to authorize a business like this on the property, and questions why the planning department allowed the "temporary" processing facility.
"I think people have been deceived," Johnson said.
James Mullins doubts the owners really want to build anything.
"How do you get away with that? I mean what is it," Mullins asked.
Metro says the property is permitted for industrial activity.
But Metro has asked the owners for new plans for the site. So far those updated plans have not been approved.
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Petition for No More Apartments in Nashboro Village - Stand Up to Make Your Voice Heard!

Petition for Nashboro Village to Mayor Karl Dean, Metro Council Members, Metro Nashville Planning Commissioners and Staff, Metro Board of Parks and Recreation

Click on link to support.  Information shared last night at the community meeting.

Email Distributed at Community Meeting Tuesday Oct 30 for Vastland properties

Letter to Vastland regarding pond property in Nashboro

Response added:  Vastland

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Ken Renner <>
Date: Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 12:04 PM
Subject: RE: Nashboro Village
To: "Hayes, Roseanne (Council Office)" <>
Cc: "Cooper, Jon (Council Office)" <>, "Johnson, Karen (Council Member)" <>

Councilwoman Johnson:

Thank you again for your recent letter of Nov. 2, 20112.

As I hope you understand, our company is responsible to its investors and partners, as well as to our lenders. It would not be to their advantage for us to accept any offer that does not, at the very minimum, retire the debt on this property and reimburse them for the out-of-pocket expenses they have borne, especially when they have an offer on the table at fair market value. It is also unlikely that our lender would permit us to accept such a proposal, especially if it endangered their secured interest in the property.

Even at the $600,000 level, we are still looking at only a fraction of the amount of the contract offer we now have pending on the property. At our last meeting, I gave you some rule-of-thumb guidelines for the pricing of multi-family land in the current market. I can assure you that the pending offer falls well within those guidelines and will be the preferred method for our partners and investors to dispose of this land.

I do appreciate your ongoing interest and concern. Once again, I think the offers of compromise that we have made are very fair and are consistent with the recommendations of the professional staff at the Metro Planning Commission. I am hopeful that these staff recommendations can be the basis of a reasonable resolution of these issues.

Ken Renner

Vice President, Commercial Sales & Leasing

Vastland Realty Group

1720 West End Avenue, Suite 600

Nashville, TN 37203

Phone: (615) 329-1720, ext. 272

Fax: (615) 329-1790

Cell: (615) 429-5337


Agenda from Community Meeting held for undeveloped Nashboro parcels Tuesday October 30, 2012

Metro Beautification and Environment, Metro Public Works, Iron Mountain document disposal company


WHO: Metro Beautification and Environment, Metro Public Works, 
Iron Mountain document disposal company

WHAT: Free Community Shred Day

WHEN: Saturday, November 3, 8 a.m. – 12 noon 

WHERE: Lot D, LP Field

Davidson County residents can bring any type of household papers and documents to be securely shredded onsite at no cost. Only paper products will be accepted.

The United States consumes more than 80 million tons of paper annually. According to the American Forest and Paper Association, 63.5 percent of that paper is being recycled, continuing a 20-year trend of a steady increase in recycling. This free document shredding event will give residents the opportunity to securely recycle paper items containing personal or sensitive information.

For more details about the event, contact Metro Beautification at 862-8418.

About Metro Beautification and Environment (MBEC)
MBEC, a division of Metro Public Works, sponsors a variety of anti-litter and beautification programs and provides volunteer opportunities to encourage a sense of community involvement.

About Iron Mountain Incorporated
Founded in 1951, Iron Mountain is a world-leading provider of information management services, including: records management, data backup and recovery, secure shredding and document management solutions. The company has 150,000 customers in 35 countries on five continents.


Friday, October 26, 2012

Castlegate Civic Club Yard Sale Cancelled and Rescheduled for Saturday November 3, 2012

Due to the inclement weather Saturday, the annual famous Castlegate Civic Club Yard Sale has been rescheduled to Saturday Nov. 3 - 8 to 2 pm.
To exhibit, just call Carl Stasiunas at 615 361-3737.
Thank you very much for spreading the word.
You are wonderful!
Carl Stasiunas

Thursday, October 25, 2012

CNAP Calendar for October and November sent by email!

Thank you for the positive emails.  We are just now able to post this to the blogs.  These were emailed earlier this month.  Glad to see so many neighbors participating. 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Early Vote from October 17 through November 1st remembering our Southeast Nashville Early Vote site at the Crossings is Open

Charlene Damron, Officer for The Crossings, early voting precinct in the Hickory Hollow area, asked me to request you to send out an email to everyone on your email list and remind them of Early Voting and encourage them to come to The Crossings to vote.  The Crossings Event Center, (Old Living Word Community Church building) is located at 5380 Hickory Hollow Pkwy.  This is across the street from Freelands Chevrolet Dealership.  The Election Commission has posted nice, big signs to direct the way.
The EV schedule began on October 17 and will run through November 01, 2012.  Voting hours for the remaining EV dates are:
    Friday, October 19, 2012            8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
    Saturday, October 20, 2012        8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
    Monday, October 22, 2012          8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
    Tuesday, October 23, 2012         8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
    Wednesday, October 24, 2012    8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
    Thursday, October 25, 2012        8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
    Friday, October 26, 2012            8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
    Saturday, October 27, 2012        8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
    Monday, October 29, 2012          8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
    Tuesday, October 30, 2012         8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
    Wednesday, October 31, 2012    8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
    Thursday, November 01, 2012     8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Please note the last day of voting, Thurs., November 01, 2012 is a short voting day with closing at 4:30 PM and I'm sure many people probably expect the polls to be open until 7:00 PM that day, but that is not the case.
We would like to keep this location available for Early Voting in the future and if we can continue to increase the number of people using this location for EV, we are more likely to achieve this goal.
Your assistance in this matter will be greatly appreciated.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Music On The Lawn in Southeast Nashville at the Crossings Event Center

This event has been cancelled due to weather conditions. Victor Chatman says he will send a rescheduled event notice. Should this be rescheduled the flyer will be posted. Thanks Everyone!

District 29 Community Meeting on Legislation Filed for Undeveloped Nashboro Parcels

Woman Stabbed fighting off sexual assault suspect

RURAL HILL ROAD near Smith Springs Road
A woman is injured after fighting off an attacker in the Percy Priest area.
The 30-year-old female was stabbed in the hand, according to Metro Police, as she fended off her attacker who was armed with a knife. Police are investigating the incident that happened in the 500 block of Rural Hill Road as a possible sexual assault.
The suspect was inside the structure of the home, which is divided into several apartments, and tried to make entrance into the woman's apartment. Police have a brief description of the suspect who fled the scene.
Police are investigating, though dealing with a language barrier, as the victim speaks Mandarin-Chinese.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 862-8600.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A woman was injured while fighting off a home intruder in the Priest Lake area overnight.
Police were called out to a home in the 500 block of Rural Hill Road, just off Smith Springs Road around 3 a.m. Monday.
Police said the woman cut her hand during the possible home invasion. The suspect fled the scene.
It was unclear if anything was taken.
No arrests have been made.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Metro Council District 29 Community Wide Fall Cleanup October 20, 2012

District 29 Fall Cleanup
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Compton's Foodland Parking Lot - Shred It and Goodwill will be on site. Dumpsters will also be available.

CNAP The Crossings Nashville Action Partnership October 2012 Meeting

Calendar for CNAP (The Crossings Nashville Action Partnership) in Hickory Hollow.