Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Gilmore's Community Meeting on Overlay to Be on November 13

This morning's Tennessean has the details on this afternoon's Public Hearing at the Historic Commission on the Germantown overlay. While it does not give any details on Erica Gilmore's motivation in deferring the overlay bill in the Council, it does say that she is co-sponsoring a community meeting with the Nashville Civic Design Center "at a neighborhood church Nov. 13." It also gives more insight into at least one G-town developer who wants a public meeting: Skip Lawrence of Lawrence Brothers (Morgan Park Place) does not currently support the bill.

Aaron White of Core Development (Werthan Lofts) was intially slow to support, but now he backs the overlay. Mr. White's comments are particularly noteworthy for a developer: "the neighborhoods that feature historic zoning, they're some of our best neighborhoods." Core is also planning to develop a mixed-use project at the corner of Rosa Parks Blvd. (formerly 8th Av.) and Hume in Salemtown across the street from Werthan. Outside of Aaron White, are there any other S-town developers who are open to overlays? I am not aware of any.

In related news, Germantown resident Sam Davidson comments on a previous post that news of today's Historical Commission's Public Hearing is news to him.

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