Slow Streets program returns to Nashville neighborhoods

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – A program designed to make your neighborhood safer called Slow Streets may already be where you live. The latest version started on Monday. The first round of the program happened in the spring. 

You may be seeing signs in your neighborhood. They’re going to be up for the next month to make drivers slow down and stop using neighborhood streets as cut-throughs.  
 
News4 spoke with Jenn Woods who has called the Glencliff area home for almost four years.

Since the pandemic started, more people are out walking and biking...

Woods noticed her neighborhood is a cut-through for commercial vehicles.

"So, I'm pregnant and we go for walks and there's a ton of people that go on walks every day and we just want to feel safe,” Woods said. 

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Changes to Music City Star schedule proposed by RTA; public meetings scheduled

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The potential changes were based on customer feedback and from a Music City Star service survey relative to operational regulations, Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee spokeswoman Amanda Clelland said.

"We heard from a lot of passengers that they would like for the morning trains to arrive earlier and the afternoon trains to depart later to better accommodate their work schedules," Clelland said.

Three community meetings are scheduled in Donelson, Mt. Juliet and Lebanon that will provide information and gather feedback along with comments being accepted online, by phone and email through Oct. 15.

The RTA staff will present findings from the public comment period on Nov. 14, Clelland said. The effective date of the schedule approved is to be determined, but will be no later than Dec. 31.

Friday night train to stop

The RTA's Friday night round-trip train will be discontinued regardless of any of the schedule options ultimately approved.

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Donelson TOD Meeting On June 25th at Larry Keeton Theatre

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The current proposal for the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) District in Donelson has great promise for our area as our community grows and the Music City Star becomes more prevalent. Currently, nowhere in the State of Tennessee, is there a model for developing, designing, and implementing this type of transit overlay.  

In the 110th General Assembly State Senator Steve Dickerson and State Representative Darren Jernigan enacted legislation creating guidelines for local government when creating a TOD overlay. Earlier this year Councilman Jeff Syracuse introduced TOD legislation in the Metro Council.

Councilman Syracuse has worked with multiple city agencies to implement an ideal model using the parameters laid out in the state legislation. This process has been grueling and difficult. Several public hearings have been held. The current plan has already passed two readings at the Metro Council with the third and final reading being heard on Tuesday, July 17th. If passed on the 3rd reading, the final plan will be approved.

Significant questions and concerns remain from those residential and commercial property owners affected by the TOD. These stakeholders would like an opportunity to address the final details before being voted on at the 3rd reading by the Metro Council.

On Monday, June 25th at 6 pm at the Larry Keaton Theatre, there will be a question and answer meeting. The theater is located at Fifty Forward at 108 Donelson Pike. The meeting will be moderated by Representative Jernigan. Senator Dickerson and Councilman Jeff Syracuse will be there to answer questions, offer clarity, and continue to work to make this the best TOD overlay for Donelson and a model for the State of Tennessee. Additionally, Councilman Kevin Rhoten, Steve Glover, and Larry Hagar will be there to address quality of life issues and traffic concerns as it relates to their districts that are also affected by the TOD.

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Senior Assisted Ride Service Launches in Donelson

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Senior Ride Nashville, a transportation alternative and assisted ride service for seniors. Senior Ride Nashville will be extending its service area to include the Donelson and Hermitage communities in July, and we wanted to share this information with you to pass along to your residents.

Senior Ride Nashville pairs volunteer drivers with local seniors to provide them with transportation to appointments, grocery stores, social gatherings or other activities. In anticipation of the official launch in your area, Senior Ride is hosting an information session at FiftyForward Donelson Station on Monday, June 25, at 10 a.m. The event is free and open to community members interested in learning more or becoming drivers or riders.

Members of your community will greatly benefit from the service, and we hope that you will help us spread the word in an effort to recruit drivers and facilitate rides for Donelson and Hermitage seniors. So far, Senior Ride has provided over 900 trips, and the number is expected to hit 1,000 within the next two weeks.

 

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

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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'...
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Latest Update on TOD!

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Latest Update on TOD - Presentation from December 4th, 2017 View Presentation (PDF) 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. Thanks, Sh...
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What Do You Want In the Transit Oriented Development?

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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, re...
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Donelson Transit Oriented Development Upcoming Meeting

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

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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 sig...
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MHDA Exploring Transit-Oriented Redevelopment District in Donelson

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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 24FiftyForward Donelson StationLarry Keeton Theatre108 Donelson Pike
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Lebanon Pike / Donelson Pike intersection Closures

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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. 6:0...
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Longtime Resident Frances Omohundro

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​Frances 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. Mr. Omohundro's parents, John Sr. "Squire" and Sadie Omohundro, had liv...
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Update from Councilman Syracuse on Donelson Station

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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/egres...
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Donelson Station Planning Commission - June 22, 2017

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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 th...
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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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"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. Not on...
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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 privile...
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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...
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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 abou...
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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!

The 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.

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