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Neighborhood Spotlight: Robert, Keeper of the Lions

This month’s Neighbor Spotlight is on Robert, keeper of the lions on the corner of Bradford and 10th Ave.  Robert has lived in the neighborhood since the fall of 2017, and he was drawn here by his lovely 1940’s brick bungalow.  When he purchased the house, he admits he knew nothing about being a handyman or caring for a yard beyond just mowing the grass.  In the almost three years since moving in, he has learned to love to work in his yard and do light renovation around his house.  He purchased the home from Mrs. Christena Scales, and he learned from Mrs. Scales that she bought the lions years ago at an antique store.  Many people along the years have asked to purchase the lions, but they seem content in their surroundings. One of the lions was stolen, and with the aid of a neighbor, the stolen lion was located and brought back home.

Robert admits he was concerned when he bought the house that the neighbors might have been looking forward to their removal, but to his great pleasure neighbors instead showed great affection for the metal beasts and interest that they be preserved.  Robert worked with Tony Novak at Tony Novak Studio to rehab the lions earlier this year: Tony removed the paint, taking them back to the original metal.  He then primed and painted them.  He loves the reaction he gets from passersby, children stealing with delight and dogs ready to put up a fight!  He enjoys working in his yard and hanging out on his front porch, so make sure you say “hi” to Robert and his lions the next time you walk by his home. 

Tabernacle Baptist Church Redevelopment


Next Monday (Jan 28th), the property owners at 2214 12th Ave South will be hosting a meeting to go over their plans for re-development of the site known as the Tabernacle Baptist Church (2206, 2208, 2212, 2214, 2218, and 2220 12th Ave South). It will be held at the Midtown Hills Police Precinct at 6:00 PM. This will be a significant and visible change in the neighborhood and we encourage you to attend. Map of the site below.

Location: Midtown Hills Police Precinct
Address: 1441 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
Date: Monday, January 28th, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

If you have questions, please contact Tifinie Capehart, Land Use Consultant, 502-291-0223 or TIFINIEA@HOTMAIL.COM,

Re-zoning Meeting – Monday, June 13th

There is a community meeting on Monday, June 13th at 6 p.m. at Midtown Hills Precinct to discuss two proposed re-zonings: one for the bodega at 2115 10th Ave S to expand the current building, and one at the corner of 12th Ave S and S. Douglas Ave to permit four residential units. Neither rezoning application has been filed yet.

We encourage neighbors to attend.

Candidate slate for 13 October 2015 12SNA Board elections

  • 12South Board Nominees 2015
     Election will be held at the Sevier Park Community Center on Tuesday October 13, 2015.  Doors will be open to vote between 5:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. There will be a brief candidate introduction beginning at 6:00 pm.To vote, you must be a member in good standing. Those wishing to check their membership status may do so at the meeting, and anyone who needs to join or renew may do so before voting. Dues are $10, $5 for those over 65. You may pay with cash, check, or credit card.

Continue reading Candidate slate for 13 October 2015 12SNA Board elections

Paris Building rezoning request – Community meeting

From: Kevin Gangaware []
Sent: Saturday, January 24, 2015 12:15 PM
To: Kevin Gangaware
Subject: 12th & Paris – Proposed rezoning


Thank you for attending the neighborhood meeting on December 1, 2014 to hear our proposal regarding the property at the northeast corner of 12th Avenue S. and Paris Avenue.  Since we held that meeting, we have met with other neighbors at a community meeting hosted by the Metro Planning staff.  We have also met with the neighbors immediately adjacent to the project site several times.  The owner of the project property has worked with their architects and engineers to consider the comments provided to us from the community.  After several concepts and meetings among the owner’s design team, we have completed a preliminary concept that we believe addresses many of the community member’s comments while balancing the needs of the property owner.

The number one comment that we heard from most of the neighbors was the location and appearance of the parking area behind the new building.  We have moved the parking area against the rear of the building and maximized the landscape space between the parking area and the neighbors adjacent to the project property.  We have also pushed the parking garage down below ground so that the appearance of the parking from the surrounding area will appear pretty much as a surface type parking lot.  The owner is committed to banning a restaurant use on this property.  The building will have only the following allowable uses:  commercial/retail, office and residential.  The owner has added the residential use and limited it to the third (top) floor of the proposed building and it is limited to 6 units total.  By limiting the total number of units to 6, we anticipate that these will be relatively large residential units on the top floor.

We would be pleased to share our updated plan with the neighbors in the 12th South neighborhood.

We plan to host a follow-up meeting to our December 1st meeting.

We would like to invite you to attend a brief neighborhood meeting on Monday, February 2, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.

Please see the meeting information below.

The purpose of this meeting is to show you the revisions that we have made to our Concept plan, addressing the neighbor’s comments.

Please feel free to pass this invite along to your neighbors and friends in the 12th South community.

The people that we have invited via this email are the ones who attended the first meeting on 12-01-14 and provided their email address on the sign-in sheet.

We hope to see you on February 2nd.



Meeting Information:

RE:  Proposed (revised) Conceptual plan for property at the northeast corner of 12th & Paris (including two lots on Paris)

Date & time: Monday, February 2, 2015, 6PM

Location:   Taqueria Del Sol Restaurant

2317 12th Ave. S.

Nashville, TN


Art & Soul Movie Night

Movie Night – To Spring from the Hand

Art & Soul is hosting a series of movie nights. Our intention is to present quality films of artistic, cultural and spiritual interest. Please join us and bring a friend. Admission is free and snacks are welcome.

On September 13, we will watch To Spring From the Hand. This film examines the life and philosophy of an acclaimed artist who, for the last 40 years, has chosen not to sell his work.Paulus Berensohn was born to Jewish émigré parents on Manhattan Island and, despite family opposition, became a dancer who studied with greats Merce Cunningham and Martha Graham and appeared in major Broadway productions.

He now lives in Penland, North Carolina, where he has spent years teaching at the acclaimed Penland School of Crafts.
Date & Time:
September 13, 7 pm.


Contextual Overlay

An update from Councilmember Burkley Allen on the recent Metro Council bills affecting neighborhood development:
Bill 2014-771, the Contextual Overlay bill passed on third reading on August 19, thanks in large part to strong support from neighbors. 
Its companion, Bill 2014-770, the Duplex bill was deferred for one meeting to allow for another community meeting to discuss the proposed amendment. This bill similarly guides development in infill areas.  It would change the definition of duplex to include two living units connected by 80% of their common wall or two separate structures separated by at least 6 feet.  It would do away with the 8 foot connector requirement that has resulted in the “umbilical cord” or bridge between houses.  It would also limit the height of each separate structure to 1 ½ times the width, which will reduce the possibility for the very tall skinny duplexes that have been built recently.  The bill also has requirements for garages and front driveways that will be under discussion in the next week or two. 
If you feel that this bill would be beneficial for Nashville, another letter of support around September 3 would be helpful.

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