MDHA to reveal plans for new Buena Vista streetscape

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 9:24pm
Staff reports

Metro officials this Saturday are set to officially unveil new streetscape improvements in north Nashville’s Buena Vista neighborhood.

The Metro Development and Housing Agency recently designated the Buena Vista neighborhood as a Neighborhood Strategy Area, making it eligible for Community Development Block Grant funding. Community development block grants traditionally benefit low-income communities.

With those funds, Metro has completed what it calls the “Cass Street Streetscape Project,” which includes improvements to the area bounded by Rosa L. Parks Boulevard, Clarksville Pike, Cass Street and 10th Avenue North.

Enhancements cover new streetscaping and sidewalks; street and entry signage; additional lighting; the installation of tables, benches and trash receptacles; and greenspace improvements such as fencing and a walking track.

An advisory committee led by Metro Councilman Frank Harrison and area residents has met regularly to assess the neighborhood’s needs and determine the most beneficial projects to fund.

The event this Saturday, which will begin at 10 a.m. at the corner of Nine Avenue Cass Street, will include the unveiling of a plaque in memory of the late Octavia Williams, who served as the first chairperson of the Cass Street Citizens Advisory Committee.

4 Comments on this post:

By: NewYorker1 on 8/26/10 at 8:05

I can think of other areas that need this type of development and where the residence pay significantly higher property taxes i.e. Green Hills area where I live could use sidewalks.

By: yucchhii on 8/26/10 at 11:03

Sidewalks could be useful EVERYWHERE! In Germany, no matter WHERE you go, there are sidewalks, so you don't walk IN traffic. Many towns and cities around the USA have streets that have NO sidewalks. This should be a NATIONWIDE thing. Of course when you tell them to do this, they'll say "We don't have the funds available for that! No, because the funds are all in their pockets!!!

By: Nash19 on 8/26/10 at 3:27

I am not writing to say this neighborhood might not need the renovations BUT how long will the renovations be kept up? It seems maybe the NEIGHBORS of the NEIGHBORhood should take care of the upkeep. Get to know your neighbors, get outside and get some exercise, etc. It saddens me to think of how long until the signs are spray painted/"tagged" then it will be deemed wasted taxpayer money.

By: MK-Ultra on 8/30/10 at 9:18

Yes indeed , a council person who never showed up during the flood to ask how he could help or offer any assistance , now wants to know what to do with excess money ?

God help us all !

Maybe if the business owners had been black ?

Surely not !