What a development in Donelson means for Nashville's $5.4 billion mass-transit overhaul


Metro Council will hold its first vote Tuesday night on a proposed transit-oriented development in Donelson slated to help juice ridership for the region's lone commuter rail, the Music City Star.Metro Council will hold its first vote Tuesday night on a proposed transit-oriented development in Donelson slated to help juice ridership for the region's lone commuter rail, the Music City Star.

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Latest Update on TOD!


Latest Update on TOD - Presentation from December 4th, 2017

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Hello Donelson citizens,

Thank you for participating in the Donelson Transit-Oriented Redevelopment District process. I have attached the presentation that we shared at the meeting on December 4th. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.



Shara D. Taylor

Urban Development Specialist

Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency

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Donelson Transit Oriented Development District - Next Meeting!


Upcoming Meeting(s) invitation from Councilman Syracuse:

The proposed Donelson Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Redevelopment District is possible because of a State Bill (Senate Bill 0783 and House Bill 1384) sponsored by State Senator Steve Dickerson and State Representative Darren Jernigan that allows for the expansion of redevelopment districts (managed by the Metropolitan Development Housing Agency) to include “transit centers”.  This would establish a 30-year period to utilize Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to support realizing the vision of the Downtown Donelson Urban Design Overlay that was put in place in 2009.

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What Do You Want In the Transit Oriented Development?

Historic Bluefields & Donelons Station - Green Engineering Discussions & Solutions

A recent meeting was held by MDHA (Metro Development & Housing Authority) at The Larry Keeton Theatre to ask “What Do You Want in the Transit Oriented Development?” that is proposed in Downtown Donelson and Donelson Station.

A Transit Oriented Development, or TOD, is a type of community development that includes a mixture of housing, office, retail and/or other amenities integrated into a walkable neighborhood and located within a half-mile of quality public transportation.  

Currently we believe there are several mixed-use buildings (4-5 stories or potentially higher) proposed to be built around Donelson Station as part of this development, which will include a "Nashville Next" transit aim of increasing train frequency to run to and from downtown every forty minutes.

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Donelson Transit Oriented Development Upcoming Meeting


The proposed Donelson Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Redevelopment District is possible because of a State Bill (Senate Bill 0783 and House Bill 1384) sponsored by State Senator Steve Dickerson and State Representative Darren Jernigan that allows for the expansion of redevelopment districts (managed by the Metropolitan Development Housing Agency) to include “transit centers”.  This would establish a 30-year period to utilize Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to support realizing the vision of the Downtown Donelson Urban Design Overlay that was put in place in 2009.
Over the next couple of months, we’ll be having meetings to review proposals, give input and start the legislative process with public hearings that would implement this redevelopment district.  Our next meeting will be on Monday, November 13th at 5:30pm at FiftyForward Donelson Station in The Larry Keeton Theater.

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Follow up from Donelson TOD meeting (Oct 24, 2017)


This was a follow up e-mail to attendees of the first (of many) Donelson TOD (Transit Oriented Development) meetings. There were approximately 6-8 folks from our Historic Bluefields Neighborhood that attended this first meeting asking alot of good questions. We would encourage neighbors to participate in this process that we believe will have a significant impact in the Downtown Donelson Area as well as our Neighborhood!

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MHDA Exploring Transit-Oriented Redevelopment District in Donelson

MHDA is exploring the creation of a transit-oriented redevelopment district in Donelson near the existing Music City Start station. We would like to hear resident's thoughts on this new development initiative.

5:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 24
FiftyForward Donelson Station
Larry Keeton Theatre
108 Donelson Pike

Transit Oriented Development - Donelson Station

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Lebanon Pike / Donelson Pike intersection Closures


This weekend Nashville Metro Water Services is doing some substantial work on the water project at the Lebanon Pike / Donelson Pike intersection. I know this is not welcome news to anyone, especially Bluefields neighbors whose street is the detour. 

The closure hours will be as follows: 
Start: Friday, August 11, 8:00 p.m. 
End: Monday, August 14. 6:00 a.m.

Crews will be working continuously throughout the weekend. 

Attached is a sketch of the traffic control plan as well as the traffic control plan, which shows the closure area, detours, traffic control officer locations, and message boards locations. Lebanon Pike will be down to two lanes - one for east bound traffic and one for westbound traffic.
As indicated on the sketch, Donelson Pike will be closed just north of the intersection of Bluefield Avenue.

Lebanon Pike Traffic Control Diagram

However, local traffic will have access with the assistance of a traffic control officer. 

In addition to the message boards, Metro Water will be calling on the businesses in the area to let them know about the closure.
Please be kind and patient with each other. If possible, avoid the area at all costs.

Best Regards,


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Update from Councilman Syracuse on Donelson Station


The Planning Commission agenda came out today for next Thursday 6/22's meeting and staff is recommending Approval with Conditions. One of those conditions that was worked out was the need for a median on Donelson Pk just south of the rail crossing. This would prevent anyone from trying to turn left into the development at the northern ingress/egress. That will be a right turn out / right turn in only.

I'm not able to make the June 22 PC meeting. I've have a family wedding out of town on the calendar that I can't miss. I'm writing a letter in support of the development. No development is perfect, but I'm confident the positive far outweighs the negative here.

I know one of the main concerns from Bluefields neighbors is the traffic coming through Bluefield Avenue. You all border the rail line and are tucked in between Lebanon Pike and Donelson Pike. There will be more density coming around you and this won't be the first or last multi-family development proposal we will be seeing. Between The Donelson Plaza and RTA property across the tracks from you, more development proposals are coming as part of the Downtown Donelson plan. As development occurs, I pledge to do everything I can to support your neighborhood with improved Traffic Calming efforts, PD support and push for Public Works to use more tools like rumble strips or whatever else we can do that you all would want to strictly enforce speed limit and traffic control. A sidewalk project was added to the Capital Improvement Budget (wish list of projects) along Bluefield Avenue as part of the update to the Sidewalk & Bikeway Master Plan. It would require funding still, but that is another project that once funding is secured, we'll have a community meeting and discuss in more detail. I believe having a sidewalk along Bluefield Ave would be a good investment that will help slow down traffic and make it safer. I can work on securing funding in subsequent budgets.

Here is a link to the PC Agenda for next week. You'll note it says Approved with Conditions if agency review is done, otherwise defer. I'm told by the Planning Department that the agency to finalize their review is Public Works and it should come in early next week and be ready for the 6/22 meeting.

Councilman Syracuse can be contact at his website - www.JeffSyracuse.com

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Donelson Station Planning Commission - June 22, 2017


The Donelson Station Preliminary SP (specific plan) for the multi-family development proposal behind the DH Chamber property has been deferred again at the Planning Commission to June 22. That will move the Council public hearing to Aug 1.

The Planning Commission agenda for the 6/22 meeting will be published on their website at the link below on the Friday prior (6/16). The PC meeting starts at 4pm but you can view the agenda online first.

Here are some key documents related to this upcoming Metro Planning Meeting:

Donelson Station Preliminary Specific Plan - View
Traffic Impact Study for Donelson Station - View
(Partial copy of the study).

Learn more about Metro Planning Commission


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Donelson Station Apartments Rezoning Meeting Rescheduled

For those planning on attending the Donelson Station Apartments Rezoning Meeting with the Planning Commission at the Howard Office Building today at 4:00 p.m. the meeting has been postponed until Thursday June 8, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

We hope everyone has a Happy Memorial Day Weekend!



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Longtime Resident Frances Omohundro

Frances OmohundroFrances Nelson Omohundro passed away on May 5, 2016 at the age of 99. She and her husband, the late John M. Omohundro, Jr. had resided at one of the oldest and loveliest homes in Bluefields for nearly 50 years and played active roles in the Bluefields and Donelson communities.

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"Donelson Diary" Archived Issues Now Online

"Donelson Diary" Archived Issues Now Online

Archives are launched on 70th anniversary of historic Donelson newspaper.

On May 16, 1946, the very first edition of the Donelson Diary was published. The residents and neighborhood of Bluefields were prominently featured in that first edition, as well as in every edition that followed, throughout the Diary's many years of publication.

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It's Official – Bluefields is now an Historic District!

It's Official – Bluefields is now an Historic District!

This weekend most Bluefields neighbors would have received a letter from the Tennessee Historical Commission verifying that their property has been placed on the National and Tennessee Registers of Historic Places by the National Park Services of the United States Departments of the Interior on March 22, 2016.

What an unbelievable honor and privilege for our neighborhood to receive this designation.

The development of the Bluefields subdivision began in 1929 by the Bransford Realty Company of Nashville, Tennessee. Home construction began in the early 1930's, with fifty to sixty homes built by the Bransford Realty Company by the end of 1938. Stanford Realty company took over the building of homes in Bluefields in 1938, which began the diversity of styles that can be see today throughout the neighborhood . These homes were built thru the 1940’s up to 1950. And proudly these are the homes that have now been recognized by this designation.

What is most inspiring to me about this designation is the circumstance in which it came to be. In 2014 Bluefields faced an horrific challenge when AT&T planned to install a 120 foot cell tower next to residents properties at the Donelson Pike entrance (along the railway line side). It was presented to the residents as a “done deal” with nothing that could be done to stop it. I have no doubt that had it proceeded it would have changed our neighborhood forever…. And in an ironic way that is exactly what it did.

Kara Siejakowski working with her husband Joe provided leadership for the “No Cell Tower In Historic Bluefields” campaign which bought many neighbors together as we all worked together to stop the cell tower from being built. In researching many laws and legalities it was established that Bluefields was eligible to be listed as an historic neighborhood and that designation by itself gave us a critical argument as to the value of our neighborhood and the potential and irreversible damage this cell tower would bring. With the cell tower being proposed on railway land this historic designation also gave us some form of a federal argument in terms of protection.

Tennessee Historical Commission were contacted by Kara and they quickly came by to review our neighborhood. They clarified in writing in May of 2014 that our neighborhood was indeed eligible for National Register which became a very valuable document from that point on in our negotiations. And as we all know now in early June of 2014 we gathered as a neighborhood to announce and celebrate that the cell tower had been defeated!

Joe Announces That The Cell Tower Had Been Defeated

Going forward almost two years and the neighborhood completed all administrative requirements for our application and ultimately we received final approval this March. (We were also very fortunate to receive a grant to pay for the documentation of our neighborhood which I believe exceeded ten thousand dollars.)

SO what started off as a desperate move to save our neighborhood has blossomed into this incredible honor and recognition. You simply can’t write a better story about a neighborhood with its back against the wall and neighbors coming together to not only save their neighborhood but ultimately facilitate a designation of this magnitude. From something very bad came something very good!

I would like to recognize Kara for her tremendous work and energy on this designation. Kara also organized the Historic Preservation Committee that promoted and educated the neighborhood including hosting several information sessions with Tennessee Historic Commission that were held at Fifty Forward. Thanks to Vicki Beare who also worked with Kara and continues to work on neighborhood history today and hats off to neighbor Nancy Donavan who had advocated historic preservation within our neighborhood for many years. A big thank you to Councilman Syracuse for supporting our application as well as the continued support and leadership he provides to Bluefields and to Donelson!

Historic Preservation Information Session at Fifty Forward

I am ordering my families plaque today and it will be proudly placed on our homes front entrance. I am sure I will have many stories to tell friends and family in the future about this special designation and how it transpired. And hopefully 50-100 years from now our story will live on and be shared by future generations living here in Nashville’s newest historic neighborhood called Bluefields!

Congratulations to all our neighbors – below are details and copies of the letter you should have received including information about Tax Credits for rehabilitation. I would encourage you to order your plaque as soon as you can.

If you felt you should have received a letter but did not please --contact Claudette.Stager@tn.gov or call (615) 770-1089.

Bluefields Historic District - Notification Letter
Results Of Listings In National and Tennessee Register - Tax Information
Order Your Plaque Today - Order Application

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Sidewalk Projects Come To Donelson Village

Sidewalk Projects Come To Donelson Village

Hi guys I attended a great meeting hosted by Councilman Jeff Syracuse Metro Council District 15 tonight. The first steps in making Donelson Village walkable. Project managers and engineers were on hand to explain their projects. We are looking at a sidewalk with grass strip running along Lebanon Road from Graylynn to Bluefields and coming just into Bluefields Avenue. This is slated for this summer so very soon you will be able to walk safely out of our neighborhood to several fast food restaurants and also onto Holy Rosary and even business further down with a proper crossing at Graylynn to allow you to cross Lebanon Road and head into Donelson Village (or onto other restaurants and shops)....

Second exciting project is a sidewalk out of Donelson Station across Lebanon Road into Donelson Plaza (upto Old Lebanon Road). Currently this is not a great walking route once you cross the road so this project will allow folks coming by train or from Bluefields/surrounds to safely walk towards the farmers market, McNamara's, Phat Bites and Homegrown Taproom (and lots of other business). Also allows a safer route to Donelson Station for folks that live behind or near Donelson Plaza. This sidewalk will also have a grass strip and gutter between sidewalk and road.

I am excited! These projects will pave the way to more obvious connecting projects for the future so it is definitely time to start Walking the Walk!

Interested in Walkability in Bluefields and Surrounds? - visit our Walk Bluefields Facebook Page...



Peter Beare

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Downtown Donelson Sidewalks Community Meeting

Downtown Donelson Sidewalks Community Meeting

A community meeting hosted by Jeff Syracuse Metro Council, District 15 will be held on Tuesday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Three sidewalk projects are coming to the heart of Donelson! A community meeting already took place last Fall about the project that will connect Stanford Montessori to the Donelson Library. This meeting will primarily be about two projects. One will be on Lebanon Pike from Bluefield Avenue to Graylynn Drive. The other will be on JB Estille Drive from Lebanon Pike to Old Lebanon Pike. Please come learn more about these projects and give your input! Metro Public Works and the project consultants will be present to give us more information and receive feedback from the community.

Many thanks to Donelson Church of Christ for hosting this community meeting. It will be held in the chapel. Address is 2706 Old Lebanon Rd, Nashville, TN 3721

Be sure to visit the new website for the Strategic Plan for Sidewalks and Bikeways update that's underway. Get involved and provide feedback at http://nashvillewalknbike.com/.

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Planning for Sidewalks and Bikeways in Nashville

Planning for Sidewalks and Bikeways in Nashville

Metro Public Works is beginning its outreach for the 2016 Strategic Plan for Sidewalks and Bikeways Update, known as WalknBike, and we want your feedback!

walk bike nashvilleThe kickoff meeting will be on Friday, April 15 from noon to p.m. at Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St. Representatives from Metro Public Works and the consultant team will provide an overview of the yearlong project. This will also allow Nashvillians the chance to comment on your experience with sidewalks and bikeways and what you want to see in the future.

You can offer your feedback for the upcoming plan by taking the first community survey, which should take only a couple of minutes. Additionally, you can add your comments to this interactive map. The map allows you to pin point exactly where sidewalk and bikeway improvements need to be made.

Your voices and participation are the key to Nashville having a world-class network of sidewalks and bikeways. 

For more information, please be sure to visit the WalknBike website.

Kind regards,

Megan Berry Nashville Mayor


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Great Outcome at the TN Historical Commission Meeting!

There was a packed house at Clover Bottom mansion for the TN Historical Commission's meeting this past Wednesday, with lots of Bluefields residents in attendance. And... after an impressive presentation and slideshow highlighting the historical and architectural significance of our homes (presented by the Metro Historical Commission), the State Review Board voted unanimously to accept our listing nomination for the National Register of Historic Places!

The nomination and certifying recommendations will now be submitted to the National Park Service in Washington, D.C. for final review and listing by the Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places, who will make a listing decision within 45 days. Residents will then receive a letter confirming the designation, along with information on ordering a bronze plaque if they wish.

Many thanks to everyone -- Bluefields residents working independently and members of both Metro and Tennessee Historical Commissions -- who worked so hard to make this happen!

For more info: http://www.nps.gov/nr/national_register_fundamentals.htm

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National Register Meeting this Wednesday!

Calling all Bluefields neighbors! Please join us this Wednesday to witness a milestone in the History of Bluefields, as the Tennessee State Historical Commission assists in the completion of Bluefield's nomination to the National Register of Historic Places before the State Review Board. Wear your Blue -- we'll see you there!

Meeting location and time:

Tennessee Historical Commission, Clover Bottom Mansion
2941 Lebanon Pike
Nashville, TN

Wednesday, January 6, 2016
9:00 a.m.

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Come On Out to the Low Country Boil!

2708 OverhillAll Bluefields neighbors are invited to come to the Low Country Boil today (Saturday, Oct. 3) from 4-6 at 2708 Overhill Drive. President Ray Mosely tells us that tents have been set up -- and a great Beatles cover band will be entertaining us -- so, no matter the weather, we hope everyone can come by for some great music and food!!!

2708 Overhill Drive
Sat., Oct. 3, 2015
4pm to 6pm

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