$50,000,000 to Help the Homeless

 

There is a Metro Council Meeting tonight at 6:30 pm. An agenda has been provided and you can watch the meeting live via channel 3 or stream live on your electronic devices. Also, please do not respond to this email... You can reach me at [email protected].

$50,000,000 to Homeless Impact Division

A few months ago, we passed legislation that created the Homeless Impact Division as a stand alone department within Metro. I've heard from many of you about the increase of individuals experiencing homelessness throughout the city. There are resolutions that have been presented to build capacity for the division ($9M), provide temporary gap housing ($9M), provide low barriers to fund competitive grants($7M), and provide MDHA with opportunities to provide low cost loans to developers to build low-income and affordable housing ($25M). The sum of these resolutions total $50,000,000. During the budget & finance and affordable housing committee meetings, these were deferred. We have asked the Homeless Impact Division to create a written plan of how the dollars will be used and what the impact will be to help individuals experiencing homelessness find permanent housing and not have to sleep on the streets.

Traffic Calming Applications are Open

Over the pas few application openings, District 21 has been rewarded several traffic calming projects. The traffic calming program helps NDOT know where we have issues. They are looking help lower traffic speeds and create safer street accommodations for non-drivers. This application process is resident led and is open until this Friday, August 19. If there are any traffic calming needs in your neighborhood, please click here to complete the application. Work with your neighbors to have detailed information of the needs for calming and where the problems truly exist. If you have any questions, please email the NDOT Traffic Calming team directly at [email protected].

What's Happening on tonight:

RS2022-1696: A resolution appropriating $25,000,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds from Fund #30216 to the Metropolitan Development and Housing Authority to provide low-cost loans to developers for the addition of deeply affordable housing units, with loan proceeds to be used to address affordable housing and homeless services

RS2022-1697: A resolution appropriating $9,000,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds from Fund #30216 to the Metro Homeless Impact Division of Metro Social Services to build capacity in Housing First case management services, including establishing Assertive Community Treatment teams.

RS2022-1698: A resolution appropriating $9,000,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds from Fund #30216 to the Metro Homeless Impact Division of Metro Social Services for temporary interim gap housing.

RS2022-1699: A resolution appropriating $7,000,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds from Fund #30216 to the Metro Homeless Impact Division of Metro Social Services to establish a low barrier housing collective and to fund competitive grants for support services

Dates to Remember

  • Buchanan St. Area Rezone/BZA Requests - Community Meeting
    • RE: 1804, 1806, 1808 Cephas St and 1809 9th Ave N 
    • MNPD North Precinct
    • 2231 26th Ave N
    • Thursday, August 25, 2022
    • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Ed Temple Blvd. and Clarksville Hwy Rezone Requests - Community Meeting
    • St. Luke CME Church
    • 2008 Ed Temple Blvd.
    • Monday, September 5, 2022
    • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • 40th Ave N and Clifton Rezone Requests - Community Meeting (Tentative)
    • Dream Streets West 
    • Monday, September, 12, 2022 
    • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    • 520 39th Ave N

Lets Connect:

I invite all District 21 residents to reach out to me directly with any information or concerns in our community. Email is the best form of communication, but invite you to call me as well. My contact information is below.

Contact information: Email - [email protected] / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,

Brandon


Conventions Convening

 

There is a Metro Council Meeting tonight at 6:30 pm. An agenda has been provided and you can watch the meeting live via channel 3 or stream live on your electronic devices. Also, please do not respond to this email... You can reach me at [email protected].

Political Conventions in Nashville

By now, you've probably seen, read, or at least heard about the proposal from the Republican party to host the 2024 Republican National Convention in Nashville. 

Tonight, we will be discussing a few items that relates to this matter. CM Swope has introduced RS2022-1685 and BL2022-1387 supporting the RNC for their bid to host the 2024 convention in Nashville. An amendment has been proposed to the council for review asking the state to allow for Davidson County to impose impact fees on new construction in Nashville. There has been several back and forth conversations from political pundits throughout the entire state of Tennessee. We have received well over 200 emails from individuals that live outside of Davidson County and several hundred from local Nashvillians voicing their opinions on whether to host or oppose the RNC conventions. 

This article in the NY Times gives a brief synopsis of the timeline for a decision to be made. The RNC has a goal to have the host city finalized, between Nashville and Milwaukee, by the end of this month. As I mentioned above, we will vote on the two items tonight. Please let me know what you think... Some of you have already done so, but I'd like to hear from more neighbors. Should we approve legislation that invites the RNC to host their 2024 convention in Nashville at the Music City Center?

 

Upcoming Community Events

 

 

What's Happening on tonight:

BL2021-922 - This is a bill that would amend the charter to not allow bar/nightclub usage in the metro codes at least 100 feet from a church, school, or single family residence. We will be deferring this bill indefinitely this evening. 

BL2022-1357 - An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, the Zoning Ordinance of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by applying a Contextual Overlay District to various properties located north of Buchanan Street

RS2022-1674 - A resolution accepting a grant from David P. Crabtree to the Metropolitan Government, acting by and through the Metropolitan Nashville Parks and Recreation Department, to provide funding for improvements to Elizabeth Park and the surrounding area.

RS2022-1678 - A resolution accepting an in-kind grant from Sweetens Cove to the Metropolitan Government, acting by and through the Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation, to support landscaping, a new flagpole, lighting, signage, and other improvements at the Ted Rhodes Golf course.

RS2022-1679 - A resolution accepting a donation and grant from The Curb Center at Vanderbilt in conjunction with Creative Parks Nashville and the Centennial Park Conservancy to the Metropolitan Government, acting by and through the Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation, for the sculpture donation "Pathway to a Higher Note" and annual financial support for maintenance and repair.

BL2022-1378 - An ordinance authorizing The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County to abandon existing public sanitary sewer main and sanitary sewer manholes, and to accept new sanitary sewer main and sanitary sewer manholes, for property located at 1610 Church Street

Dates to Remember

  • National Night Out Against Crime
    • Gordon Memorial UMC Church
    • Tonight - August 2, 2022
    • 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    • 2334 Herman St.
  • Cumberland Gardens Community Meeting
    • RE: Contextual Overlay Public Hearing
    • Tonight - August 2, 2022
    • 6:30 pm
    • 1 Public Square | Metro Courthouse | Council Chambers
  • Proposed Rezone - 3140 + 3138 Parthenon Ave.
    • Community Meeting
    • Thursday, August 11
    • 6:00 pm
    • Centennial Performing Arts Studio
    • 211 27th Ave N

Lets Connect:

I invite all District 21 residents to reach out to me directly with any information or concerns in our community. Email is the best form of communication, but invite you to call me as well. My contact information is below.

Contact information: Email - [email protected] / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,

Brandon


Participate in your Budget

 

There is a Metro Council Meeting tomorrow night at 6:30 pm. An agenda has been provided and you can watch the meeting live via channel 3 or stream live on your electronic devices. Also, please do not respond to this email... You can reach me at [email protected].

Family Month

For the month of July I will have limited access to email and phone. I'm taking time away to be with my family. Metro Council does not have a recess, and I generally take time each July to be with family. -- This has not gone well this month... I've been extremely busy and have not had an opportunity to keep my pledge to my family. I'll try this in August! My family needs me too!

Participatory Budgeting:

The North Nashville/Bordeaux Participatory Budgeting process is underway. Each resident in the North Nashville community has an opportunity to now submit their project ideas. Any capital ideas you have, please submit it via the link below. Once the ideas are submitted and the committee selects the approved submissions, they will be added to the ballot.

You must submit your project ideas by August 1st.

Click here to submit your Participatory Budgeting Project Idea

 

Upcoming Community Events

What's Happening on Council Night:

Rule 54 Amendment: In the consideration of any particular matter, any or all of these rules may be suspended by the Council upon identification of the reason(s) for the suspension and/or the rule(s) at issue by the member seeking suspension, unless two (2) five (5) members object to the suspension of the rules.

BL2022-1146 - An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, the Zoning Ordinance of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by applying a Historic Landmark Overlay District for a portion of property located at 2208 Elliston Place, at the northern corner of Elliston Place and Louise Avenue

BL2022-1233 - An ordinance to authorize building material restrictions and requirements for BL2022-1146, a proposed Historic Landmark Overlay District to include a portion of property located at 2208 Elliston Place, at the northern corner of Elliston Place and Louise Avenue

BL2022-1294 - An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, the Zoning Ordinance of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by changing from RS5 to SP zoning for property located at 1526 23rd Ave. N., approximately 75 feet south of Formosa Street, within the DADU Overlay District, (0.17 acres), to permit one attached two-family residential unit (0.17 acres), all of which is described herein (Proposal No. 2022SP-022-001).body

BL2022-1297 - An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, the Zoning Ordinance of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by changing from RS5 to R6-A zoning for property located at 1521 16th Ave. N., located in the Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit Overlay District, approximately 120 feet north of Underwood Street

BL2022-1301 - An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, the Zoning Ordinance of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by changing from RS5 to R6 zoning for property located at 1720 Cockrill Street

BL2022-1332 An ordinance naming the North Nashville Transit Center, to be located at 2521 Clarksville Highway at 26th Avenue North, under the operation of the Metropolitan Transit Authority as the "Ernest 'Rip' Patton North Nashville Transit Center."

Dates to Remember

  • Cumberland Gardens Community Meeting
    • RE: Traffic Calming & Contextual Overlay
    • Monday, July 25 - 6pm
    • St. Luke CME Church - 2008 Ed Temple Blvd.

Lets Connect:

I invite all District 21 residents to reach out to me directly with any information or concerns in our community. Email is the best form of communication, but invite you to call me as well. My contact information is below.

Contact information: Email - [email protected] / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,

Brandon


Fireworks in the Air!

 

There is a Metro Council Meeting tonight at 6:30 pm. An agenda has been provided and you can watch the meeting live via channel 3 or stream live on your electronic devices. Also, please do not respond to this email... You can reach me at [email protected].

I hope you enjoyed your Independence Day. Nashvillians and Middle Tennesseans had a great weekend celebrating our country's birthday!

Family Month

For the month of July I will have limited access to email and phone. I'm taking time away to be with my family. Metro Council does not have a recess, and I generally take time each July to be with family. You all have been great in allowing me to share myself with family and friends around this time every year, thank you!

However, we do have a few major items on the docket (in scheduling stage) in the upcoming weeks. Please stay tuned as you will see these items finalized soon.

Thank you all for your support, engagement, and encouragement. Thank you for your role in all that we've accomplished this year.

What's Happening Tonight:

BL2022-1233 An ordinance to authorize building material restrictions and requirements for BL2022-1146, a proposed Historic Landmark Overlay District to include a portion of property located at 2208 Elliston Place, at the northern corner of Elliston Place and Louise Avenue, zoned CS

BL2022-1290 - This will be deferred for several months. An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, the Zoning Ordinance of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by changing from RS5 to R6-A zoning for property located at 1712 Arthur Avenue

BL2022-1294 An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, the Zoning Ordinance of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by changing from RS5 to SP zoning for property located at 1526 23rd Ave. N

BL2022-1297 -  An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, the Zoning Ordinance of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by changing from RS5 to R6-A zoning for property located at 1521 16th Ave. N.

BL2022-1301 - An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, the Zoning Ordinance of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by changing from RS5 to R6 zoning for property located at 1720 Cockrill Street

BL2022-1349 - An ordinance approving an agreement between the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, the Nashville 2024 Host Committee, and the Republican National Committee for the 2024 Republican National Convention. 

BL2022-1332 - An ordinance naming the North Nashville Transit Center, to be located at 2521 Clarksville Highway at 26th Avenue North, under the operation of the Metropolitan Transit Authority as the "Ernest 'Rip' Patton North Nashville Transit Center."

Dates to Remember

No meetings scheduled

Lets Connect:

I invite all District 21 residents to reach out to me directly with any information or concerns in our community. Email is the best form of communication, but invite you to call me as well. My contact information is below.

Contact information: Email - [email protected] / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,

Brandon


Finalizing the Fiscal Year Budget

 

There is a Metro Council Meeting tonight at 6:30 pm. An agenda has been provided and you can watch the meeting live via channel 3 or stream live on your electronic devices. Also, please do not respond to this email... You can reach me at [email protected].

Thank you for walking through this year's budget. I know I have communicated this topic over the past couple of months. Thank you for your questions and feedback to better help us understand the needs of District 21.

Tonight, we will be discussing and hopefully passing a fiscal year budget for all of Nashville. If you recall, a budget must be passed and accepted by the Metro Council by the end of June. If we do not pass a budget, the Mayor's budget (as written), will be the operating budget for the year.

BL2022-1248 is on third and final reading. There have been a host of amendments that we will review this evening. Below, I have shared each amendment filed for the budget. Please take time to review all of tonight's amendments here in the proposed amendments packet.

Dates to Remember

  • College Hill Preservation Overlay - This meeting is scheduled.
    • Thursday, June 30
    • 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm 
    • St. James Missionary Baptist Church

Lets Connect:

I invite all District 21 residents to reach out to me directly with any information or concerns in our community. Email is the best form of communication, but invite you to call me as well. My contact information is below.

Contact information: Email - [email protected] / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,

Brandon

 

 


Budget Public Hearings 2022

There is a Metro Council Meeting tonight at 6:30 pm. An agenda has been provided and you can watch the meeting live via channel 3 or stream live on your electronic devices. Also, please do not respond to this email... You can reach me at [email protected].

North Nashville Area Clean Up

Join us on June 18 during the Juneteenth Holiday Weekend for a North Nashville Neighborhood Clean Up. We will focus on the areas West of Dr. D.B. Todd Jr. Blvd. to 24th Ave N from Osage St. north to Buchanan St. 

Meet us at the Dollar General (1755 Dr. D.B. Todd Jr. Blvd.) parking lot at the corner of Dr. D.B. Todd Jr. Blvd. and Buchanan St. We will begin at 9:30 am and finish at noon.

 

Tree Planting

If you would like to participate in planting trees in District 21 or you would like a tree please contact Root Nashville's Tree Captain - Ms. Stephanie Ladd (District 21 Resident) at 615.689.7084 or email at [email protected]

Budget Season - Highlights

The mayor’s FY 23 budget has six core items:
1) Investing in our children’s future through education
2) Keeping our neighborhoods safe
3) Building and preserving affordable housing
4) Addressing homelessness
5) Improving our city’s fundamental services and transportation infrastructure, and
6) Creating a greener, more sustainable city

MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS
$91.2M new funding for MNPS
$50M plan for homeless housing using ARP funds
A 4% Cost of Lining Adjustments for Metro Employees
A dedicated $15M annual funding stream for the Barnes Fund
Paid family medical leave for MNPS employees
Total FY 23 Budget is $2.96B. This represents a 12.1% Increase from FY 22 and a $319.6M in new revenues

What's Happening Tonight

Tonight, we will welcome residents from across Davidson County to share their thoughts on the city's budget. Each first meeting on June is dedicated to public hearing for the metro budget. I've shared a few highlights above.

BL2022-1248 - This is the budget ordinance. A bill to be entitled: The Budget Ordinance of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee for Fiscal Year 2023. Follow this link to read the articles of the budget.

BL2022-1268 - This is the capital improvements budget. An ordinance adopting the 2022-2023 through 2027-2028 Capital Improvements Budget for The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County as the official Capital Improvements Budget of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County for Fiscal Year 2022-2023.

Dates to Remember

  • Cumberland Gardens Traffic Calming
    • Thursday, June 9 
    • 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    • St. Luke CME Church
  • North Nashville Neighborhood Clean-Up
    • Saturday, June 18
    • 9:30 am - Noon
    • Dollar Tree Parking Lot (Corner of Dr. D.B. Todd Jr. Blvd. and Buchanan St.)
  • College Hill Preservation Overlay (Tentative) 
    • Thursday, June 30
    • 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm 
    • St. James Missionary Baptist Church

Lets Connect:

I invite all District 21 residents to reach out to me directly with any information or concerns in our community. Email is the best form of communication, but invite you to call me as well. My contact information is below.

Contact information: Email - [email protected] / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,

Brandon


Budget Hearings

 

There is a Metro Council Meeting tonight at 6:30 pm. An agenda has been provided and you can watch the meeting live via channel 3 or stream live on your electronic devices. Also, please do not respond to this email... You can reach me at [email protected].

Metro Department Budget Hearings

As you know, the mayor's proposed budget has been released. I shared the budget process with you last week. The next steps are to host department budget hearings. You are welcome to join us in person or watch via channel 3, online streaming, or Roku streaming.

Below are the dates for each department's hearing...

  • Wednesday, May 18 (Day 1)
    • 4:00 p.m. – Hospital Authority
    • 4:45 p.m. – Emergency Communications
    • 5:15 p.m. – Fire & EMS
    • 6:00 p.m. – Sheriff’s Office
    • 6:30 p.m. – Health
  • Thursday, May 19 (Day 2)
    • 4:00 p.m. – Parks and Recreation
    • 4:30 p.m. – Library
    • 5:00 p.m. – Codes Administration
    • 5:30 p.m. – NDOT
    • 6:15 p.m. – Water Services
  • Monday, May 23 (Day 3)
    • 4:00 p.m. – Juvenile Court
    • 4:30 p.m. – Mayor’s Office
    • 5:00 p.m. – Finance
    • 5:30 p.m. – Arts Commission
    • 6:00 p.m. – General Services & Fleet Management
  • Tuesday, May 24 (Day 4)
    • 4:00 p.m. – ITS
    • 4:30 p.m. – MTA/WeGo
    • 5:00 p.m. – MDHA
    • 5:30 p.m. – Economic Development
    • 6:00 p.m. – Chamber of Commerce
  • Wednesday, May 25 (Day 5)
    • 4:00 p.m. – Police
    • 4:45 p.m. – Board of Education
    • 5:30 p.m. – Planning Commission
    • 6:15 p.m. – Social Services

Hadley Park May Music Festival | May 21 | 1:00 PM

 

What's Happening Tonight

RS2022-1507 - This resolution would approve the allocation of monies to acquire this property, just south of Downtown, at 88 Hermitage Ave for just over $20M (it appraised for $14M in 2021) a $6M increase in price. The property will be managed and controlled by Metro Parks and was approved by the parks board.

LATE FILED Resolution - There is a late-filed resolution that would require inspection of the condition of the property at 88 Hermitage Ave prior to approving or allocating dollars for the purchase of the property.

BL2022-1202 - An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, the Zoning Ordinance of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by changing from RS5 to R6-A zoning for property located at 2401 Meharry Blvd, at the corner of 24th Ave N and Meharry Blvd

BL2022-1206 - An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, the Zoning Ordinance of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by changing from OG to ORI-A zoning for property located at 405 B 31st Ave N, approximately 160 feet north of Charlotte Avenue

BL2022-1226 An ordinance authorizing The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County to accept new sanitary sewer main and sanitary sewer manhole, for property located on 2109 Buchanan Street

Dates to Remember

  • Cumberland Gardens Traffic Calming
    • Thursday, June 2 
    • 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    • St. Luke CME Church
  • College Hill Preservation Overlay (Tentative) 
    • Thursday, June 16
    • 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm 
    • St. James Missionary Baptist Church

Lets Connect:

I invite all District 21 residents to reach out to me directly with any information or concerns in our community. Email is the best form of communication, but invite you to call me as well. My contact information is below.

Contact information: Email - [email protected] / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,

Brandon

 

 


Budgeting for Nashville - Education, Public Safety, Affordable Housing

 

There is a Metro Council Meeting tonight at 6:30 pm. An agenda has been provided and you can watch the meeting live via channel 3 or stream live on your electronic devices. Also, please do not respond to this email... You can reach me at [email protected].

~~Before we get started, I'd like to wish my beautiful wife, Damita, A very Happy Birthday! Please join me in wishing my better half a Happy Birthday!~~

Mayor's Budget Proposal

Here are a few links to help you get started with the FY2023 Budget season.

- The Budget Proposal Ordinance 

- Finance Office Budget Presentation

Here's a reminder of the metro budget process...

  • End of April - The mayor has until the end of April to present the budget proposal and file the legislation for council's review. (This happened last week).
  • Budget Book - Generally by the 2nd week of May, the Budget Book is available. The budget book is a detailed, 800 page document of the overall spending plan.
  • Mid-May to June - During this time, the council will host budget hearings with all the metro departments and listen to their concerns and needs. These will be open to the public, please join us.
  • Early June - By this time, the council will need to have amendments filed for the budget, and the finance & budget chair must have their substitute filed. Your input is needed during this process.
  • End of June - If amendments or a substitute is needed, it must be completed by the end of June. If the council does not pass an amended or substituted budget, by law, the mayor's budget will be set as the city's budget for FY2023.

A few quick highlights, we will dive into this conversation deeper as we continue.

  1. Education - The mayor's budget presentation signals a budget increase in education. I'm interested to see the breakdown. The state of metro mentioned an increase in Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) and a pay increase for all staff (bus drivers, maintenance, janitors, cafeteria staff, teacher aides, etc.)
  2. Public Safety - The mayor's budget presentation also looks to increase the budget for police and fire & rescue. We will dive deeper into this, however, the main allocations are proposed to go to staff the new Antioch precinct that was funded last year.
  3. Affordable Housing - The presentation shows a substantial increase to the Barnes Fund. However, from my perspective, these are one time dollars that will not be sustainable for the ever growing affordable housing crisis.
  4. Homelessness - The mayor's plan is to use American Rescue Plan funds (one time allocation from the federal government during Covid) to address this area. I'd like to take a deeper dive into the budget book to better understand this budget item.
  5. NDOT - There is a win for District 21 here. The NDOT allotment will allow for additional bulk item/illegal dumping pickups in North Nashville alleyways. This is a tremendous win for us and I am happy to see this addition. I have worked hard to keep this in front of the mayor and NDOT/Public Works since 2019. This is a start to answering the litter and illegal dumping crisis within our district.

 

Hadley Park May Music Festival | May 21 | 1:00 PM

National Clean Up Day | May 21

What I've Been Up To

  • For neighborhoods that are need of traffic calming, follow this link: Traffic Calming Application - To complete the application for your neighborhood. Be sure to get your neighbors in the loop. Also, add me to your application form as you submit it.
  • During our District Town Hall, NDOT Director shared that they will receive additional dollars in the budget to have multiple bulk item pickups monthly to address the litter and illegal dumping crisis.
  • Mosaic 2-D Murals have been installed at Elizabeth Park Senior Community Center. This project was initiated in 2017. The first installation was installed in August of 2018 depicting a photo of Ms. Curlie E. McGruder. The additional installations feature 4 notable Black North Nashville Women Leaders of the Civil Rights movement, Ms. Nora Evelyn Ransom, Ms. Mary Louise Watson, Ms. Frankie Pierce, and Ms. Willie Mae Boddie. We will honor this art installation with a ceremony on May 15 at Elizabeth Park.

What's Happening Tonight

BL2022-1202 - A Rezone from RS5 to R6 at 2401 Meharry Blvd. An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, the Zoning Ordinance of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by changing from RS5 to R6-A zoning for property located at 2401 Meharry Blvd, at the corner of 24th Ave N and Meharry Blvd (0.26 acres), all of which is described herein (Proposal No. 2022Z-015PR-001).

BL2022-1206 An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, the Zoning Ordinance of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by changing from OG to ORI-A zoning for property located at 405 B 31st Ave N, approximately 160 feet north of Charlotte Avenue (0.12 acres), all of which is described herein (Proposal No. 2022Z-027PR-001).

Dates to Remember

  • Cumberland Gardens Traffic Calming (tentative)
    • Thursday, May 12 
    • 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    • St. Luke CME Church

Lets Connect:

I invite all District 21 residents to reach out to me directly with any information or concerns in our community. Email is the best form of communication, but invite you to call me as well. My contact information is below.

Contact information: Email - [email protected] / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,

Brandon

 

 


Retail Apocalypse

 

There is a Metro Council Meeting tonight at 6:30 pm. An agenda has been provided and you can watch the meeting live via channel 3 or stream live on your electronic devices. Also, please do not respond to this email... You can reach me at [email protected].

There are a few topics of discussion this evening that you may find interesting. Instead of my normal blurb, I want to share with you citywide legislation and a few highlights...

  1. Global Mall (Hickory Hollow Mall) purchase... RS2022-1451/1452 are on the agenda tonight for Metro to purchase the mall. CM Styles, the district CM in the area has shown excitement for this opportunity and I've heard from her constituents that they would like to move forward on this purchase. There are a few questions of concern for many council members and District 21 constituents. The cost of this purchase and other maintenance and purchasing costs will be $46M paid by general obligation bonds, borrowing funds. The mayor has received a letter of intent from Vanderbilt University Medical Center as a lease option for the property.
  2. There is an agreement from the Nashville Convention & Visitor Corp. to match $50,000 donation (for a total of $100,000) from the city to the Elks Lodge on Jefferson St. 
  3. There's a late filed resolution to apply for matching funding for the East Bank Plan. This will be for planning and implementation of the new roadway that is describe within the plan.
  4. There's an effort to create an Office of Housing and Homelessness. BL2021-971 is on second reading and CM O'Connell has an amendment for this bill. This is a great opportunity for the city, specifically with the lack of housing affordability needed to have all residents in secure housing in the city.

Davidson County Primary Elections - Tuesday, May 3, 2022

The upcoming Davidson County primary elections will have ballots for judgeships, District Attorney, Court Clerks, Sherriff, and School Board District's 2, 4, 6, & 8.

Click Here for a Sample Ballot

Early Voting opens at all locations tomorrow!

What I've Been Up To

  • We are finalizing Traffic Calming plans for the areas awarded in District 21 - NDOT and I will be in touch with the neighborhoods that are working through your plans. 
  • For neighborhoods that are need of traffic calming, follow this link: Traffic Calming Application - To complete the application for your neighborhood. Be sure to get your neighbors in the loop. Also, add me to your application form as you submit it.
  • We will have a District 21 Town Hall to discuss the work we are doing regarding illegal dumping and litter in the District. NDOT Director, Diana Alarcon, will join us along with Metro Waste Management and Bulk Item team leaders.
  • I mentioned this last week, but if you have an opportunity go by Elizabeth Park Community Senior Community Center at 1701 Arthur Ave. Mosaic 2-D Murals have been installed at Elizabeth Park Senior Community Center. This project was initiated in 2017. The first installation was installed in August of 2018 depicting a photo of Ms. Curlie E. McGruder. The additional installations feature 4 notable Black North Nashville Women Leaders of the Civil Rights movement, Ms. Nora Evelyn Ransom, Ms. Mary Louise Watson, Ms. Frankie Pierce, and Ms. Willie Mae Boddie. We will honor this art installation with a ceremony in the coming months. I will keep you updated here with more information.
  • Working with the Cumberland Gardens community regarding a Contextual Overlay. The majority of the community has shared they are interested in using this tool to preserve the historic nature of their community. Please be aware of any meetings to discuss this opportunity if you live in the area. I want to be sure we communicate with you all as this conversation continues.
  • Our Beautification Commissioner is working to plan neighborhood clean-ups on June 18 - please let me know areas of interest for a neighborhood clean-up.

What's Happening Tonight

RS2022-1444 -  A resolution authorizing a grant not to exceed $1,000,000.00 from the Barnes Fund for Affordable Housing to Pathway Lending for the express purpose of providing weatherization assistance and energy efficiency improvements to housing units owned by qualified low-income individuals and families.

RS2022-1451/1452 - This is the Global Mall (Hickory Hollow Mall) legislation I spoke about earlier.

RS2022-1477 - A resolution appropriating an amount, not to exceed $50,000, from the Undesignated Fund Balance of the General Fund, for a grant to Music City, Inc., a non-profit organization, for the express purpose of restoring and rehabilitating the Elks Lodge.

RS2022-1478 A resolution approving nonprofit partners for technical assistance, marketing and outreach to assist underserved small businesses through the Nashville Small Business Recovery Fund.

RS2022-1494 - A resolution appropriating $260,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds from Fund #30216 to carry out the study proposed by RS2021-927, to identify strategies to assist independent music venues in recovering from the impacts of COVID-19 and other acute stresses.

BL2022-1146 - An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, the Zoning Ordinance of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by applying a Historic Landmark Overlay District for a portion of property located at 2208 Elliston Place, at the northern corner of Elliston Place and Louise Avenue, zoned CS (0.19 acres), all of which is described herein (Proposal No. 2021HL-004-001).

Late Filed Bill: I have a late filed bill that is a companion bill for the Historic Overlay at EXIT/IN. We changes in state code, we must file companion bills with any zoning legislation that requires restrictions of certain building materials.

BL2022-1114 An ordinance amending Section 13.08.080 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws pertaining to the use of License Plate Scanner (LPR) technology to add a definition of "personally identifiable information."

BL2022-1138/1139 - An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, the Zoning Ordinance of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by changing from CF and MUI-A to SP zoning for properties located at 1901 and 1903 Church Street and 1902 Hayes Street, at the southwest corner of 19th Ave N and Church Street, (0.97 acres), to permit a mixed use development, all of which is described herein (Proposal No. 2022SP-005-001).

BL2022-1150 - An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, the Zoning Ordinance of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by changing from CS and RS5 to SP zoning for properties located at 1701, 1703, 1705, 1707, 1709, and 1711 9th Ave N and 901 Buchanan Street, approximately 360 feet east of 10th Ave N, (1.08 acres), to permit a mixed use development, all of which is described herein (Proposal No. 2021SP-059-001)

BL2022-1154 - An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, the Zoning Ordinance of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by changing from MUI-A to SP zoning for property located at 1705 Hayes Street, approximately 100 feet west of 17th Avenue South (0.51 acres), to permit a maximum 295 multi-family residential or 345 hotel units and 2,500 square feet of restaurant, all of which is described herein. - Review the amendments to this item here in the amendments packet.

BL2022-1167 - An ordinance approving a lease agreement between the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County and the Nashville Soccer Club for part of a parcel of property at 1441 12th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee (Parcel No. 10505017600) (Proposal No. 2022M-011AG-001).

Dates to Remember

  • District 21 Town Hall
    • RE: Illegal Dumping
    • Tuesday, April 26
    • 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    • St. James Missionary Baptist Church | 600 28th Ave N 

Lets Connect:

I invite all District 21 residents to reach out to me directly with any information or concerns in our community. Email is the best form of communication, but invite you to call me as well. My contact information is below.

Contact information: Email - [email protected] / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,

Brandon

 

 


Early Voting Starts Next Week!

 

There is a Metro Council Meeting tonight at 6:30 pm. An agenda has been provided and you can watch the meeting live via channel 3 or stream live on your electronic devices. Also, please do not respond to this email... You can reach me at [email protected].

Davidson County Primary Elections - Tuesday, May 3, 2022

The upcoming Davidson County primary elections will have ballots for judgeships, District Attorney, Court Clerks, Sherriff, and School Board District's 2, 4, 6, & 8.

Click Here for a Sample Ballot

Early Voting Begins Next Wednesday April 13.

What I've Been Up To

  • There will be a meeting to discuss Traffic Calming and a Conservation Overlay in the Cumberland Gardens community on Thursday at St. Luke's CME Church beginning at 6pm. Over the past year, I have worked with NDOT (Public Works) to review areas within the District that have much-needed traffic calming measures. District 21 has five streets in this year's Traffic Calming, and I am working to add others for the upcoming traffic calming.
    • Cumberland Gardens community has been asking for a conservation overlay for several years. We are continuing this conversation and will be discussing this on Thursday.
  • Follow this link: Traffic Calming Application - To complete the application for your neighborhood. Be sure to get your neighbors in the loop. Also, add me to your application form as you submit it.
  • I've met with NDOT Director, Diana Alacron, several times throughout the past two months. We are working to add illegal dumping weekly cleanups to the areas that are overwhelmed with dumping sites. I have a meeting on April 26 at 6pm (location TBD) with Dir. Alacron and you are definitely invited to share your thoughts.
  • Mosaic 2-D Murals have been installed at Elizabeth Park Senior Community Center. This project was initiated in 2017. The first installation was installed in August of 2018 depicting a photo of Ms. Curlie E. McGruder. The additional installations feature 4 notable Black North Nashville Women Leaders of the Civil Rights movement, Ms. Nora Evelyn Ransom, Ms. Mary Louise Watson, Ms. Frankie Pierce, and Ms. Willie Mae Boddie. We will honor this art installation with a ceremony in the coming months. I will keep you updated here with more information.

What's Happening Tonight

BL2021-922 - This bill will be deferred to track with planning. An ordinance amending Sections 17.04.060, 17.08.030, and 17.16.070 of the Metropolitan Code, Zoning Regulations to implement a distance requirement for the "bar or nightclub" use (Proposal No. 2021Z- 018TX-001).

BL2022-1138 An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, the Zoning Ordinance of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by changing from CF and MUI-A to SP zoning for properties located at 1901 and 1903 Church Street and 1902 Hayes Street, at the southwest corner of 19th Ave N and Church Street, (0.97 acres), to permit a mixed use development, all of which is described herein (Proposal No. 2022SP-005-001). 

BL2022-1139 - This is a companion bill with BL2022-1138 regarding building material restrictions and requirements.

BL2022-1146 - This ordinance will apply a Historic Landmark Overlay District for a portion of the property at 2208 Elliston Place, better known as EXIT/IN.

BL2022-1150 - An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, the Zoning Ordinance of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by changing from CS and RS5 to SP zoning for properties located at 1701, 1703, 1705, 1707, 1709, and 1711 9th Ave N and 901 Buchanan Street, approximately 360 feet east of 10th Ave N, (1.08 acres), to permit a mixed use development, all of which is described herein (Proposal No. 2021SP-059-001). This development has been discussed since 2019. We've held 5 community meetings to discuss the project. This process lead to the development of a two story mixed-use building and a dog park.

BL2022-1154 - An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, the Zoning Ordinance of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by changing from MUI-A to SP zoning for property located at 1705 Hayes Street, approximately 100 feet west of 17th Avenue South (0.51 acres), to permit a maximum 295 multi-family residential or 345 hotel units and 2,500 square feet of restaurant, all of which is described herein (Proposal No. 2021SP-089-001).

RS2022-1326 - This is a resolution asking planning to review the current Nashville Next plan. We are roughly 6 1/2 years into the plan and we have some areas that have seen an overwhelming amount of growth. I'd like to see the plan reviewed to find some relief from policies that allow for intense zoning within, strictly, residential neighborhoods.

RS2022-1443 - A resolution declaring surplus and authorizing the conveyance of real property to certain nonprofit organizations, and authorizing grants not exceeding $15,497,279.00 from the Barnes Fund for Affordable Housing to certain nonprofit organizations selected for the express purpose of constructing and rehabilitating affordable or workforce housing. (Proposal No. 2022M-004PR-001.)

Dates to Remember

  • Cumberland Gardens Community Meeting
    • RE: Traffic Calming & Conservation Overlay Conversation
    • Thursday, April 7
    • 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    • St. Luke CME Church | 2008 Ed Temple Blvd. 
  • District 21 Town Hall
    • RE: Illegal Dumping
    • Tuesday, April 26
    • 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    • Location: TBD

Lets Connect:

I invite all District 21 residents to reach out to me directly with any information or concerns in our community. Email is the best form of communication, but invite you to call me as well. My contact information is below.

Contact information: Email - [email protected] / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,

Brandon