12South may get park where garden once was

Friday, June 29, 2012 at 3:45pm

A year after the state’s controversial demolition of a 12South-area community garden near Interstate 440, Metro officials are preparing to turn the property into city park space.

A 15-year lease agreement between the Tennessee Department of Transportation and Metro is in the works that would allow the city to use the TDOT-owned property that served as the home of the George W. Carver Food Park from 1989 until April 2011.

The Metro Parks and Recreation Board will vote on the matter at its next meeting June 3. Its lease requires no monetary exchange.

Jim Hester, special assistant at the parks department, said the new park — situated between Lealand Lane and 12th Avenue off I-440 — would include some landscaping, primarily the construction of a walking trail.

Last April, TDOT sent bulldozers to the community garden, contending neighbors had complained about what the department characterized as a blight. The move infuriated regulars of the community garden.

11 Comments on this post:

By: Ask01 on 6/30/12 at 5:14

Let's see if I have correctly understood this article.

TDOT bulldozed a neighborhood garden because some unnamed citizens complained.

Such was never reported, or perhaps I don't recall, but I suppose they never considered the cheaper option of sending a single inspector to investigate and, if merited, perhaps discuss the situation. Instead, their prefered course of action seems to have been alienating the community, discouraging individual initiative, and spending more money.

Now, the same parcel is poised to become a park area, which while costing the city nothing to acquire, will require monetary investment to accomplish the landscaping required and, if I remember correctly, is assured for only for 15 years. Then, if it suits the state, the lease agreement can be terminated, the state takes back the property, and the citizens lose again.

One step forward, two steps back.

By: gabster1000 on 6/30/12 at 6:12

As someone who lives across from the property, I would just as soon it stay green space. It was awful before. For those of you who don't remember it, I will attach my photos. It was basically a solid waste dump with abandoned vehicles, piles of garbage, etc. It never should have been allowed in the middle of a residential area.


By: GrnGiant on 6/30/12 at 6:33

The truth is that Mr. Herring had months to clean up this place. It was a health hazard and was becoming progressively worse. I had lived near it for years and wondered when it would be dealt with by the state, it was only a matter of time.

By: Ask01 on 6/30/12 at 10:06

Most of the pictures are almost too small to be usable. The ones with recognizable detail show a standard garden area with bags of leaves to be used as mulch.

From the post, I expected to see rusting hulks of automobiles stacked one on another, piles of non compostable, (not sure if it was a word, but if not, I just created it, copyright pending) garbage with vermin and vultures swarming all about the property.

I have a natural prejudice in these matters, as my father kept a compost pile at the rear of the property for years. Then the city annexed our area, (an action I held to be similar to Nazi Germany annexing Austria) and the new, well to do, but spineless neighbors complained to the city, never talking to my father. He never knew there was a problem until the city storm troopers showed up demanding a cleanup.

I fail to see a true problem based on the pictures presented aside from perhaps a lack of understanding, empathy, and consideration on the part of some neighbors. I cannot help but believe those operating the garden would have been more than willing to reach a mutually agreeable resolution had someone approached them in a reasonable manner.

By: GrnGiant on 6/30/12 at 10:20

If you had
lived here then, you would know what transpired. It is over.

By: parnell3rd on 6/30/12 at 5:00

Thanks to the city council passing a tax increse onto property owners, we have plenty of money to spend on Comrade Karl Dean's pet project. If not, he'll just raise our property taxes next year!

By: parnell3rd on 6/30/12 at 5:00

ops increase

By: Ask01 on 7/1/12 at 6:23

This is never really over, you know.

I believe "Earl," while a fictional character, has a point with his belief, that unless you make amends, Karma will eventually catch up to the individual.

Of course, that does refer to the premise of a cancelled television program, but I can't help but believe there might be some substance to the concept.

Have a wonderful Sunday.

By: Tresrojo on 7/2/12 at 8:19

Can we get some sidewalks (from all sides) to Sevier Park before we build another park that is 1/4 mile away from a beautiful park that already exist ?

By: GrnGiant on 7/3/12 at 6:02

Red Three/Tresrojo..Amen! Walking over to it is an act of vehicle avoidance during rush hour. I do know that they plan sidewalks in the big plan but we definitely need some sidewalks along Leland, Clayton and Kirkwood.

By: Ask01 on 7/3/12 at 5:32

While we are on the subject, I would like to see sidewalks all over Antioch.

Mayor Dean along with Metro Council, if you'll recall, declared in their passing a tax increase, much of Nashville's infrastructure had been neglected for far too long. The southeast corner of Davidson County, including Antioch, has often been refered to as the fast growing portion of Metro Nashville. I believe the time has come for Antioch to receive some attention and let downtown decline for a while.

After all, if this is the fast growing segment, it stands to reason taxation of residents has long supported the frenzy of improvements enjoyed by downtown.

This would also be an opportunity for Mayor Dean and the council to follow through on the excuses they used to justify increasing taxes, and put our money where their mouths are.