About SPNA

The Sylvan Park Neighborhood Association (SPNA) is the collective community voice for addressing neighborhood issues such as zoning, security, beautification, traffic, metropolitan services, and environment.

SPNA members meet on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Senior Renaissance Center of Cohn Adult Learning Center at 4805 Park Avenue.

About Sylvan Park

Welcome to Sylvan Park! We hope you love this neighborhood as much as we do. Here are some helpful answers to commonly asked questions from newcomers.

What, exactly, is Sylvan Park?
The boundaries of the growing Nashville neighborhood are Charlotte Ave. to the north, Richland Creek to the west, railroad tracks to the south and east. Here is a Google map of the Sylvan Park neighborhood (zoom in for more detail).

Why do Sylvan Park residents love living here?
Here are just a few reasons.

  • Sylvan Park's many restaurants and businesses, within walking distance.

  • The newly-built McCabe Park Community Center, which offers patrons of all ages a modern and friendly place to exercise or spend leisure time, in a beautiful park setting; it also offers a variety of fitness classes and a full-service fitness center.

  • Richland Park Branch Library offers many programs for all ages, right in the neighborhood.

  • Sylvan Park Paideia Design Center is a well-regarded public elementary school with an active PTO.

  • Many Nashville Community Education classes take place at the Cohn School.

  • The popular Richland Park Farmer’s Market is on Saturday mornings in Richland Park.

  • Speaking of parks, the neighborhood has two of them - Richland Park and McCabe Park.

  • The Richland Creek Greenway is a 3.8 mile paved, looped path in our neighborhood, connecting McCabe Park and the Sylvan Park neighborhood with shopping centers along White Bridge Pike and Harding Road, and Nashville State Community College.

  • The McCabe Golf Course is a 27-hole golf course and practice facility that has been voted best place to play by Nashville Scene Magazine.

  • There are many opportunities to meet and socialize with your neighbors (see some links below for many active community organizations).

What should I do when I move here?

  • Join Nextdoor! :) Our neighborhood has an extremely active online community on Nextdoor, a private social network where neighbors can buy/sell goods, get business recommendations and experiences, share news and emergency alerts, and so much more. There are also lots of Facebook pages for neighborhood groups, including (but not limited to): SPNA, Sylvan Park Moms' Club, Sylvan Park PTO, Councilwoman Kathleen Murphy, the SPURS Running Club, Richland Creek Watershed Alliance, Friends of Richland Park Branch Library, tons of local restaurants and businesses, and so many more.

  • Join the Sylvan Park Neighborhood Association (SPNA). Since 1984, SPNA has been the collective community voice for addressing neighborhood issues such as zoning, security, beautification, traffic, metropolitan services, and environment. We sponsor a variety of social events throughout the year including a family movie night, annual golf tournament, a 4th of July parade, Night Out Against Crime, and a holiday party with caroling. There is also an informative quarterly neighborhood SPNA newsletter.

  • Sign up for Kathleen Murphy's email newsletter. Our councilwoman's updates contain helpful information and important links and events for Nashville's District 24, where our neighborhood is located. Her email is kathleen.murphy@nashville.gov if you need to reach her directly.

  • Explore the neighborhood! With all the nearby restaurants and places to go for recreation, the hard thing will be deciding what to do first, and which are your favorites!

What is the history of Sylvan Park?
Sylvan Park was established in 1887 and our neighborhood continues to evolve. Sylvan Park has a fascinating history, chronicled in “Nashville’s Sylvan Park,” by Yvonne Eaves and Doug Eckert (available through the Nashville Public Library system).

Who should I contact if...

  • I see something suspicious or concerning, but not necessarily criminal? Call the police nonemergency number at 615-862-8600.

  • I notice a problem with a city service or codes issue? You can submit a public works request here, or file a codes complaint here. Councilwoman Kathleen Murphy is a great resource for this, but you can also find a lot of information on the Nashville Metro web site 24 hours a day.

  • I have some other really, really random question? Nextdoor is about to be your best friend.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Big changes on the way for Richland-West End

Today's City Paper has a story regarding possible future development for the Free Will Baptist Bible College (fast facts) property next door to Sylvan Park in the Richland-West End neighborhood. The development is likely to permanently change the neighborhood, although it's important to consider that any development other than the college remaining on its campus is going to have a substantial impact:
Perhaps in anticipation of neighborhood concern, a developer with a contract pending to buy the nine-plus-acre Free Will Baptist Bible College campus, has drawn up two plans for developing the high-profile site and is asking the local neighborhood association to take its pick.

Darren Cioffi confirmed yesterday plans to purchase the West End property near Interstate 440 for $16.75 million later this year. Cioffi said his company, Monument Property, Inc., and the other developers to whom he will later resell some of the land, will likely develop between $60-$100 million in housing on the campus, situated in the Richland West End neighborhood, where historic, single-family homes sell starting at about $700,000.

Last month, Cioffi sought the association’s support for rezoning the property, which is couched between Richland Avenue to the northwest and West End Avenue — across from Elmington Park — a move he said will allow him to preserve and restore four historic homes the college owns on West End. Without the rezoning, which would allow Cioffi to build some condominiums in existing buildings along Richland Avenue, he said he likely will sell the West End houses to other developers, who could demolish them and replace them with condominiums.

The rezoning, to a “Specific Plan” land use, would allow Cioffi to pad the Richland Avenue side of the property with a higher-than-now-allowed residential density, allowing him to build the condominiums he wants and to compensate for the money to be lost by saving the four West End Avenue homes and, also, a park the college owns at the corner of Richland and Craighead avenues.
These changes may not have an immediate effect on Sylvan Park, but they could lead to increased use of Bowling Avenue to access Murphy Road. Then again, in my personal opinion, several buildings on the campus stand out as inconsistent compared with the historic homes surrounding the campus, so homes built to match those styles may be an improvement. What do you think?

By the way, FWBBC voted last summer to relocate to a to-be-determined location no later than the fall of 1998.

Monument Property offers few details beyond this sales description regarding the property on its Web site: We are in the process of acquiring and developing the FWBBC campus on West End. A number of historic homes and many prime building lots on Richland Avenue and West End Avenue will be available. Please contact us if you are interested in a piece of this once-in-a-lifetime real estate opportunity. [Image: FWBBC]

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