Brad Northcut 
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Re: “H.G. Hill Realty has scoured the city for smart investments. In 12South, its vision may be bigger than neighbors can stomach.

Something the article doesn't reference is how this project will cut off the possibility of future access from 12th Ave to the Waverly/Belmont School property behind it, where the DNDP (and other studies) have identified this as the prime spot to have pedestrian access from 12South to an urban infill park/greenspace/community services building.

It also doesn't mention that there is only one vehicular access point to the site - which is at a mid-block on 12th ave, so all traffic entering and exiting the property collects at this location. This means (at least) 90 residents in the apartments, all retail traffic, all service traffic (both deliveries and civic service like garbage/etc) has one point of access. Try turning left onto 12th right now during 4-6pm, and it's already a daunting task.

I honestly do appreciate the history HG Hills brings to the community, and have been in favor of several HG Hills/SEV projects in the past for other locations. So I really do like that a storied Nashville company is developing in the area... but I honestly don't think this project is right for the neighborhood and adjoining community. At the very least, some collaboration in the design stage w/ other developers and architects/designers who have worked in the sensitive context of 12th Ave would have shown a good-faith effort to address contextual issues of scale, program, logistics, historical aesthetic, etc.... and get a better grasp for the direction of the whole neighborhood, not just what can fit into those 3 parcels.

Sadly, Granberry is probably right that eventually this will help the steamrolling of gentrification in the area, and eventually more projects like this could pop up and more people will move the area that want to be around this type of development. The rest of us w/ shallower pockets who were attracted to 12South because of it's charm and diversity will have moved on.

Kudos to Mark Deutschmann, Joel Solomon, Will Shuff, Christy Shuff, Whitney Ferre, the Howell Family, Paul McRedmond, and others who saw a vision in the mid-90's and spear headed 12South into the current neighborhood most of us know and love. They were the ones that took a chance when HG Hills was selling it's property on 12th years ago, and now can't afford to hold onto it b/c of dollars bills in the eyes of landlords ready to cash in. Who's to say whether that's good/bad or right/wrong, though... it's reaping what you sow.

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Posted by Brad Northcut on 07/11/2012 at 5:16 PM

Re: “12South Residents Not Real Happy With Developers of New Apartment Complex

As an 8yr (not rich) resident, I don't disagree with development as long as it's thoughtful of context and long term impact. I think innovative mixed use projects (like the building at 12th/Paris w/ Burger Up, Las Paletas, Sloco, Two Moon, etc) really do create a richness to the streetscape and business district for residents and visitors alike - even though they do increase traffic some as a natural part of the development process.

The scale of 12th/Paris and other popular 12South destinations are appropriate to context of the narrow street, and also don't overload parking/traffic at one entry point the way this project will. Imagine if you took a Vanderbilt apartment complex and dropped them on top of successful businesses like Mafiaoza's, frothy monkey, and las paletas... and then gave them only one way in and out of the parking lot... which is what I fear will be the impact 12South Lofts has on the 12th Ave neighborhood.

As a community, we need to push to have pedestrian access to the Waverly/Belmont school property from 12th Ave, so if it eventually become a public/park space the HG Hills project doesn't cut it off. This could even help the 12South Lofts commercial tenants if people were able to park at the Waverly/Belmont (Park) property, and be able to walk directly to 12th at the HG Hills location - which could also help alleviate some of the traffic concerns by not having to count on the parking lot on the property w/ only one point of access.

I think a winning scenario for the community at this point would be for manageable lease rates to be available for true local businesses to have long term, affordable access to the retail space; and find some compromise with parking/pedestrian access to Waverly/Belmont in the form of a master plan along w/ metro planners, HG Hills and SEV for long term consideration of public access and neighborhood pedestrian and vehicular logistics.

Even though I'm a bit skeptical b/c of the size/programming/traffic concerns... I really do hope this project can be a success.... the community needs to keep pushing to find ways this can work for us!

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Posted by Brad Northcut on 06/22/2012 at 9:38 AM

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