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.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Proposed Sylvan Heights Redevelopment Along 40th & Charlotte Takes Shape

At a community meeting on Wednesday night (September 18th) at Park Elementary School, H.G. Hill Realty Company presented its plan for redevelopment in Sylvan Heights (hit "read more" on this post to see all the renderings). You've probably heard rumblings of the plan, but Wednesday was the first time that community members got a chance to see sample pictures of the mixed use space, as well as hear from H.G. Hill. Here's what you need to know about the current proposal:
  • The space goes from 40th Ave., along Charlotte, to the railroad tracks and then back into Sylvan Heights until the alley before Nevada
  • 14 single family homes (number of bedrooms yet to be decided)
  • 13 town homes (these will be two stories and face 40th)
    • There will be on street parking, as well as garage access for these homes
  • 260 apartments (mix of bedrooms)
  • More than 500 parking spaces
    • This includes a four-story above ground parking structure, with 383 spaces
    • This also includes parking directly behind the retail area
  • 15,000 square feet of mixed-use retail space along Charlotte
    • A 4,000 square foot space, with proposed outdoor dining along Charlotte
    • An 11,000 square foot space with nine apartments upstairs (H.G. Hill said this would be similar to the apartments in Hillsboro Village above the shops by Pancake Pantry
  • There will be two added green spaces, and there was discussion over possibly adding a Nashville B-Cycle station 
  • There will be a special driveway off of Charlotte to get into the retail/restaurant space to avoid a lot of extra traffic along 40th and through the neighborhood (there is a traffic light at this proposed entrance already)
Jimmy Granbery with H.G. Hill referred to this proposed development as a "district," as opposed to an isolated site in Sylvan Heights. So far, H.G. Hill has not done a traffic study, because this is still very preliminary, but that is something they said they will do. The architecture firm talked about keeping the style of the homes and town homes similar to those already in the neighborhood, without being too repetitious.

Possible timeline for the redevelopment project:
  • November public hearing in front of the planning commissioner
  • If planning commission approves, then a January public hearing in front of the Metro Council
    • The Metro Council must have three readings before it can be approved
  • H.G. Hill says at its earliest, construction could begin spring or early summer of 2014, with an estimated completion of the project by 2016
Here are the renderings:

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