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2016 Board Nominees

An election for 3 positions on the 12 South Neighborhood Association Board of Directors will take place at our regular monthly meeting on Monday, October 3rd at 6:30pm at the Sevier Park Community Center.

Anyone who lives in the neighborhood is eligible to vote in the election. You must be present at the meeting to vote. Please bring something with you to prove you live in the neighborhood – a driver’s license with your correct address, a bill with your name and address on it, etc.

Three neighbors have been nominated for the 3 open positions. They’ve provided the following short paragraphs about who they are and why they want to serve on the board:

David Hooper

I’ve been in the neighborhood since 2007. I want to serve on the board to make sure the voices of residents are heard regarding issues that affect not only our financial investment in this neighborhood, but also our qualify of life, including rapid growth, increased traffic, and commercial development.

Mike Jobe

A little bit about me, I’ve lived in the area since 2007 (when Park at Melrose town homes were first built) then my wife and I moved to Bate Ave in October of 2012. In September of 2013, our house was broken into at 11pm by 3 intruders with my wife and I asleep upstairs. Long story short, I was able to get them out of house but was very shaken by the event. Since then we started a neighborhood watch, and with help from others in the community. We had a meeting at our house to act as a neighbor “meet and greet”, and had a police officer come by and give safe home tips and what a neighborhood watch involves. We have coordinated other events since then to keep us all close on “what is going on”. My wife and I care a lot about the 12th south community and have grown close to it. Neither of us are from here originally, I’m from Ohio and she is from Pennsylvania, but we now call Nashville “home”.

 Daina Storey

 I have lived in the neighborhood for over 10 years and am an active member of the 12 South community. I have served on the board since spring of 2015 and would be honored to be considered for re-election. There is a lot that goes on in our neighborhood and I enjoy informing neighbors of what is going on, as well as how to navigate issues we are all passionate about in a constructive and respectful manner. I was part of a group of neighbors who helped advocate against the large Bristol project for a more responsible building project. I have previously worked in non-profit, music, and event management. I currently work in a support role in real estate, as well as at local radio station, Lightning 100. I am pursuing a masters degree in International Community Development and hope to work in community development and non profit again someday. I understand that change is going to happen, but I think it should happen in partnership with the neighbors inout. I have enjoyed serving on the board and would love the opportunity to continue to do so.

2nd Community Meeting: Montrose Zoning Change Request


The second community meeting about the zoning change request for 1109 and 1111 Montrose Ave. will be at 6pm on Tuesday, September 20th at the Midtown Hills Police Precinct. The property owners will be there to discuss their proposed plan with the community and get their feedback. Council member Colby Sledge will also be in attendance to hear your concerns. There’s been a lot of talk in the neighborhood about the request – this is the venue to be heard. Please attend.

The property owners are requesting a zoning change to a SP (Specific Plan) that will allow the 2 houses to be used as commercial office space and the backyards of the property to be used for 15 parking spots. The SP requires that the houses remain on the properties and be used for commercial office purposes – they cannot be demolished or used for retail or as a restaurant. The driveways from the front of the houses will be removed, and landscaping & barrier walls will be used to hide the parking behind the houses. The houses are not part of the overlay that took effect in January of this year.

I’ve attached the most recent proposal, which includes notes on updated made based on neighbor feedback.

This proposal is scheduled to go before Metro Planning Commission on Thursday, Sept 22nd. If you want to voice your opinion in favor or against, or have changes you’d like to request to, this is the time.


12 South Neighborhood Association Board Election

Hi Neighbors,

The annual election for positions on board of directors of the 12 South Neighborhood Association will take place at our next monthly meeting on Monday, October 3rd at 6:30pm. Terms are for 2 years and begin on November 1st.

There will be 3 positions on the board up for election this year. Daina Storey’s term is ending and she will be running again. Chris Koch is stepping down and will not be running for his seat. And one additional board member will be stepping down – see below.

We are accepting nominations for neighbors who are interested in serving the neighborhood with us. Please nominate a neighbor you know is interested in serving on the board, or nominate yourself by submitted a short paragraph that we can share with the neighborhood.  Tell us who you are and why you want to serve on the board. Send your nominations to by the end of the day on Sunday, September 25th. We’ll announce the candidates on Monday the 26th.

In our September meeting, we amended the association’s bylaws so that 3 or 4 of the board of director positions are elected each year instead of 1 in even years and 6 in odd years. We think this will allow for more continuity on the board, less dramatic turnover of board members, and make for a better neighborhood organization.

Anyone who lives in the neighborhood is eligible to vote in the election. You must be present at the meeting to vote. Please bring something with you to prove you live in the neighborhood – a driver’s license with your correct address, a bill with your name and address on it, etc.

Thanks. We look forward to your nominations!

12 South Fall Green & Clean

The 12 South Neighborhood Association is organizing groups for Nashville’s first Fall Green & Clean event on Saturday, October 1st.
The Mayor’s office & Metro Beautification will provide us with trash bags and gloves to collect trash and a free t-shirt for everyone who participates. Metro will pick up the collected trash on Monday after the event.
If you’d like to volunteer, please send an email to We’ll be organizing volunteers into groups based on areas of the neighborhood. We’d like neighbors to focus on cleaning up the alleys in the neighborhood – or anything else that needs cleanup.
This is a great way to clean up the neighborhood together with your neighbors.

September 2016 Meeting

The September monthly meeting of the 12 South Neighborhood Association is Monday, September 12th at 6:30pm at the Sevier Park Community Center.

Our meetings are normally on the first Monday of each month, but we are moving the meeting back this month because of Labor Day.

See you there!

Taste of Wedgewood-Houston

Celebrate one of Nashville’s trendiest and most historic neighborhoods at the inaugural “Taste of Wedgewood-Houston” mixer at Houston Station on Thursday, September 15, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. A benefit organized by the Friends of Fort Negley to raise awareness of the historic significance of the fort and its surrounding neighborhood, the event will feature food and drink from a variety of vendors, as well as live music. Tickets are $25.00 in advance and $30.00 at the door.


12th & Douglas Development Meeting

There will be a second public meeting about development of the property at the corner of 12th & Douglas at the Midtown Hills Police Precinct at 6 p.m. on the Monday the 29th. Representatives of the development team, the 12 South Neighborhood Association, and Council Member Colby Sledge will be in attendance.

We encourage anyone who is interested to attend this open meeting.

August 2016 Meeting

The next monthly meeting of the 12 South Neighborhood Association is Monday, August 1st at 6:30pm at the Sevier Park Community Center.

Metro Public Works will be there to talk about the WalknBike project, which is an initiative to update the Strategic Plan for Sidewalks and Bikeways in the city.