Thursday, May 22, 2008

One More Meeting and The CP Covers the Struggle With Charlotte

The final DCDP meeting held on May 12th, was in fact the next-to-last meeting that will be held for the Charlotte Ave/Richland Park DCDP. Some of the feedback that Metro Planning received from some of the property owners was that this was moving too fast. So they have compromised and allowed for one more meeting to take place to review the draft plan. The MPC staff has yet to reveal when that meeting will be held, but you can check their website for updates

Earlier this week, the City Paper online edition (which is unfortunately running print editions on just Mondays and Fridays now) ran a story that covered the on-going struggle that has defined the revitalization efforts for Charlotte Ave. In addition, the story also breaks news of an artist co-op being interested in purchasing the Charlotte Avenue Church of Christ property.

If the artists co-op was successful in their bid (it's doubtful - in lieu of the recent attention given to the deed restrictions) it would help solidify the branding of Charlotte Avenue as Nashville's unofficial arts district. Established businesses like the Darkhorse Theater and LeQuire Gallery are already lending to that characterization. A few video interviews are also included in the story. To read it go here.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Champion Ford Closing

If you have traveled west on Charlotte Avenue recently, you may have noticed something awry on the horizon. That void you see is the recent closing of Champion Ford on Charlotte Avenue as you approach White Bridge Rd.

This closing now leaves Nashville with only three Ford dealerships. It is unknown at this time what the future holds for this property. One would assume that another dealer would move into the property, but with the recent attention being given to Charlotte redevelopment, one would hope for a more sustainable solution. Especially since the property borders Richland Creek's west bank.

Read story here

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Draft Plan for Charlotte Ave/Richland Park Corridor to Be Revealed May 12

Stakeholders and community members have come a long way from the initial DCDP meeting that was held on a cold wet night in January. Next Monday, they will get a chance to see the results of the process when the Planning Commission staff reveals the draft plan.

After the MPC staff researched the history and existing natural and built environment in the Charlotte Avenue – Richland Park area, they began the second phase by entertaining ideas and exploring alternatives for growth from the community. From the initial Visioning Workshop, MPC staff created a Concept Plan, which described – at a very broad level – the community’s vision for future growth and development balanced with sound planning principles.

Follow on meetings included more focus on specific facets of the design plan, such as land use policy, transportation and building type. At each meeting, attendees were encouraged to ask questions and offer feedback.

The final meeting will be held Monday, May 12th in the Parish Hall at St. Ann's Catholic Church (51st & Charlotte) and the community will have the opportunity to offer feedback on the draft plan. This is your chance to come and see what the future holds for Charlotte Avenue. All are encouraged to attend. Please get the word out!