Sunday, September 29, 2013

Thursday, September 26, 2013

District 29 Districtwide Cleanup Saturday October 19, 2013 from 8 am until noon

Please Mark Your Calendars!  ShredIT, Goodwill will be there!  A cookout will follow.  Thanks.  Clean up and clean out!  Click on picture to enlarge

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Mayor Karl Dean's 5 K Challenge Free Training for event scheduled Sunday November 17, 2013

Please consider joining your neighbors!  A Priest Lake Group is set up. Contact Karen VanCleave our beautification Commissioner. Thanks.

Upscale apartments planned in Priest Lake area
This is in our area. Waiting to get more information. A community meeting will be scheduled soon. Thanks.

Upscale apartments planned in Priest Lake area

Construction set to begin soon on 312 units near Bell Road and Couchville Pike

A Greensboro, N.C.-based multifamily developer has paid $2.5 million for about 25 acres in the Percy Priest area with plans for a 312-unit upscale apartment community.
Carroll Investment Properties plans to start construction as early as next week on Heron Pointe, the company’s second apartment project in the Nashville area. It is currently building the 360-unit Glass Creek community in Mt. Juliet, and company officials plan to have four other communities under construction in the region within six months.
Roy E. Carroll II said his company was drawn by Nashville’s diverse economy, booming downtown, status as a state capital andhigher education center, and the region’s job growth. “It’s a place that’s attracting a lot of young professionals who are typically our customers,” he said.
Heron Pointe would be built on a site that is about a quarter-mile from the intersection of Bell Road and Couchville Pike. Carroll said monthly rents for the apartment units will range between $1,100 and $1,400. The units will feature nine-foot ceilings, granite countertops, crown molding and brick exteriors among otherhigh-end finishes.
Carroll Investment bought the property through Heron Pointe Village LLC from Carillon II Investment Partners, a general partnership with M. Dale McCullouch as general partner.
The company is currently building more than 30 apartment developments in several states. In addition to Tennessee, the company has apartment communities in North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas.
Carroll said Carroll Investment, which has its own management company, also plans a regional office in the Nashville area that would employ up 40 in addition to the on-site workers at its apartment communities.
“I think the Nashville market currently remains pretty healthy,” he said, shrugging off concerns about potential overbuilding of units.
The new supply of apartments is at a four-year high in the Nashville market with nearly 10,000 units still in the pipeline with the Franklin, West End and downtown Nashville submarkets accounting for half of current construction activity, according to Real Data, a Phoenix-based multi-family real estate research firm.
Strong demand has led to a vacancy rate of only 4.1 percent, and the strength of the market has allowed for robust rent growth. Concessions for renters are virtually non-existent, according to its latest report. It lists the Nashville-area average monthly rent at $892.
“We expect high demand for Nashville area apartments to continue into the next year and for the area to continue to enjoy high occupancy rates, in spite of an influx of new units expected to come online,” said Kelly Reddecliff, apartment analyst at Real Data.
Contact Getahn Ward at 615-726-5968

Antioch land deal hints at future development Hickory Hollow area seeks a boost

Antioch land deal hints at future development

Hickory Hollow area seeks a boost

A partnership that includes principals in the Nashville real estatefirm that bought the former Target store in Antioch two months ago now has 125 acres behind the vacant big-box retail building under contract, a deal that could create a much larger site for future development.
The contract between the partnership that includes developer Mark McDonald of Oldacre McDonald and auto dealer Lee A. Beaman, owner of the property, is the latest sign of a revival of interest in the area southeast of town that lost most of its major retailers, especially following the decline of the former Hickory Hollow Mall.
McDonald confirmed Tuesday that he’s part of the partnership seeking to buy the property off Cane Ridge Road at Interstate 24 that Beaman bought 15 years ago for about $4 million. McDonald said that while several retailers have expressed interest in the former Target location, no decision has been made on whom to target with the additional property. He did acknowledge the possibility of a larger development on the overall site.
“I embrace what the city and the mayor are trying to do in the greater Antioch area,” said McDonald, whose company co-developed the thriving Nashville West shopping center off Charlotte Pike. “As I look at development opportunities around town, I think that (Antioch) area is ripe for development and redevelopment.”
Oldacre McDonald’s $2.7 million purchase of the 12.4-acre, former Target site was greeted with excitement among residents who had witnessed a string of major retail departures from the area, including Sears, JC Penney, Dillard’s and Macy’s. In addition, the area has dealt with the closure, sale and subsequent reinvention of the former Hickory Hollow Mall as the Global Mall at the Crossings.
Although the new mall has struggled to lure stores, Metro’sinvestments in new projects — including a satellite campus for Nashville State Community College, a new Southeast branch library, community center, fitness center and two new ice hockey rinks to be managed by the Nashville Predators – has raised expectations of a rebound of the Hickory Hollow area.
Private investments in the area include a data center for Nashville-based HCA, the nation’s largest hospital chain, and a medical practice group that should open in November.

Momentum builds

Ben Freeland, owner of Freeland Chevrolet and about 140 acres in the area now re-branded The Crossings, said any development by the partnership buying the Beaman site and that owns the former Target location would complement all of that momentum. “We have a number of employers looking for office space and we’ll have announcements very soon that will create hundreds — if not thousands — of new jobs in the short-term in The Crossings business district,” Freeland said.
With a larger site, real estate analysts said the partnership with the contract on the Beaman property could pursue a big-box retailer such as a Costco, Wal-Mart or SuperTarget after closing the transaction, possibly as early as next month. “It’s right up on the freeway and when you look at the density of population, it’s very strong,” said David Baker, principal in Baker Storey McDonald Properties.
However, Metro planner Tifinie Capehart said a big-box development won’t be in line with the community plan for that area, which called for scaling back commercial development and including more of a compact, mixed-used housing development similar to Lenox Village off Nolensville Pike.“They probably should think about something mixed — a mixture of housing and office and retail,” Capehart said.
Freeland agreed that developments would need a mix of uses to be successful.
Reflecting the glory days of the Hickory Hollow area when the former Hickory Hollow Mall thrived, Beaman had planned a car mart when he bought the vacant commercial land off Cane Ridge Road. Back then, the mall drew patrons from Rutherford and other counties, but its subsequent decline led Beaman to change those plans and then more recently decide to sell that overall property instead.
Getahn Ward covers growth and development. He can be reached at 615-726-5968 or at Follow him on Twitter: @Getahn.

Southeast Nashville Photographers - Enter and Participate!

All SE Nashville Photographers, as one of our District 29 neighbors has shared on facebook, it's time for our area to shine! If you are a photographer and know someone who is, please consider entering. Thanks.

Paul Vexler selected as artist for artwork at the new Southeast Nashville Regional Community Center and Library

Exciting News to share! The artist was selected at theMetro Arts (Metro Nashville Arts Commission) meeting that will do the art for SE Nashville's new Regional Community Center and Library. His name is Paul Vexler. As more information is shared, it will be posted. The artwork is stunning.

Ride w/the Mayor and MTA CEO Paul Ballard on our new MTA Murfreesboro Road BRT55

Murfreesboro Road MTA BRT55. Just getting around to posting these pictures from our Mayor on Board. Many neighbors joined Mayor Dean on Friday Sept. 13. A special thanks to Karen, Kendall, Mary, Delaine, Kent, Mauren, Gail, Cynthia and Angela.
Mayor Dean and CEO Paul Ballard shared that intersections will be improved with upgrades and enhancements from the recently approved Grant tied to our new BRT line.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Middle Tennessee Commemorates 9/11 Anniversary - District 29's Firehall 33 - Neighbors join in to help honor our firefighters
In Commemoration of the Anniversary of 9/11, please join neighbors in Honoring the Firefighters of Engine Co. 33

So proud of District 29 and SE Nashville! Joanne and Julius of Castlegate giving a part of the world trade center to our station firefighters and the many many people throughout SE Nashville who came out to bring food today and who are committed to bring food thursday and friday. What a awesome Community we have! Thanks Rosalind Johnson for helping to get the phone numbers to the Creo Diva, Monyette Freeman Gore and others for News Channel 5 up at the firehall and for organizing everything for our firefighters today. | Nashville News, Weather by Jason Lamb NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Cities across the nation paused Wednesday to remember the lives lost on September 11, 2001. This September 11th, marked the twelfth anniversary of the attacks. Many Americans found ways to not only remember those lost but honor them, as well. Neighbors in Middle Tennessee helped commemorate the anniversary by saying "thank you" to first responders. In Nashville, neighbors in the Forest Pointe Subdivision of Antioch dropped off meals for firefighters at Station 33. It's a tradition they've been doing for ten years. One local couple arrived with a piece of history recovered from the debris of one of the World Trade Center Towers. "It just makes me reflect on all the lives lost on that day," said Captain Ron Teague with the Metro Fire Department. "I feel sorrow and sadness, but I also feel pride too." The neighborhood group in Antioch has planned to deliver meals for shifts Thursday and Friday. Email: Twitter: Facebook:

Davidson County Election Commission needs Poll Workers for the upcoming elections

August 27, 2014
Dear Metro Council Member,
The Davidson County Election Commission would like your help in recruiting individuals to be poll workers in the 2014 elections. We would like for them to be involved in the civic life of their communities and hope that they will become life-long voters. 
• We need poll workers who are computer literate and who will commit to work an entire election day.
• The workers must live in Davidson County and provide their own transportation to and from the polling site.
• The pay for the day is $120 and $15 for training. We provide training for the workers on days, nights, and Saturdays.
• The work day is 6:00 AM to 7:30 p.m. or until the last voter has voted and all precinct work is complete.
• All workers must fill out an application and attend training. The application and additional information for hiring is online under poll worker information.
Davidson County 2014 elections are scheduled for May 6, August 7, and November 4. We would appreciate your support in encouraging your constituents to participate in one of our greatest rights of expression as American citizens. Please share this information with them and ask them to contact us if they are interested in working as a poll worker.
Thank you for your support of the election process.
Beverly W. Crabtree V. Gaye Hudson
Beverly W. Crabtree V. Gaye Hudson
Poll Official Coordinator Poll Official Coordinator
615-862-8947 615-862-8804

FREE Teenage Driver Awareness Class - Metropolitan Nashville Police Department


The Metropolitan Police Department is presently taking applications for the FREE Teenage Driver Awareness Class for young persons between the ages of 14-18 scheduled for Saturday, September 28th, from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. This popular course will be held at the Metro Southeast Complex, 1417 Murfreesboro Pike (behind Genesco headquarters).
The class, taught by Nashville police officers, will not offer behind the wheel training, but rather will focus on impaired driving, distracted driving and overall traffic safety.
Parents interested in signing up their teens for this program should contact Sergeant Robert Sheffield via email ( and provide the following information:

Teen’s name:
Teen’s date of birth:
Home address:
School Attended:
Parent’s telephone number:
Parent’s email address:

Enrollment in the class is limited. Parents are also welcome to sign up their teens for a Saturday, October 26th class.


Wednesday, September 4, 2013