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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.

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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,




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