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12th South Neighborhood Concerned About Traffic, Parking

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by Kim Gebbia

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The 12th South neighborhood is known for its new restaurants and historic homes, but also for its persistent parking problems. Residents have expressed concerns over a new project expected to bring even more traffic.

The small street has seen a major residential and commercial boost in the past two years. Ten new businesses opened their doors and a 90 unit apartment complex was approved, all within a half mile of each other.

While business is at its best on the street, traffic and parking has been worse than ever.

Valet drivers at Urban Grub park hundreds of cars every night, all while maneuvering through traffic and congestion on the two-lane street. Luckily, they have a relatively easy solution to the parking puzzle – a private lot that can hold up to 150 cars.

Urban Grub has helped alleviate the problem, but there is clearly still a shortage for those who choose not to valet.

"After opening, we went out and sourced more parking than anyone else has on the street because we were concerned at the impact of this neighborhood," said General Manager James Weathers.

Residents in the area said the finger can't be pointed at one single place. Ten new restaurants and businesses have opened in the past two years and the 12th South area has continued to grow in popularity.

"I have lived here a long time, even before the trendy restaurants it's always been an issue. You can drive around, drive around, drive around," said one resident.

New neighbors include more than just the trendy restaurants. Neighbors have called a new residential development a game changer.

"The project that has been catching the most heat recently is the first one that the neighborhood in general has comes to arms about," said former 12th South Neighborhood President, Brad Northcut.

It's a 90 unit apartment complex that will bring an unprecedented amount of people to the block. Northcut said the developer's plan only has one way in and one way out, right onto busy 12th South.

"It's growing pains out here, there are a lot of new folks moving into the area and a lot of folks who have been here for a lot of years. Its tough to find the right balance," said Northcut.

The complex has prompted the neighborhood association to call for change, for meetings and for a Metro traffic study to make a plan before the next move in on 12th South.

"We are sort of finding out the hard way that we need to be more proactive in the commercial district as residents," said Northcut.

Council woman Sandra Moore, who represents the district, said she just submitted the request to Metro Public Works for the traffic study that also includes nearby 10th Avenue South.

Moore said she hopes the study can help come up with a long term plan to help alleviate some of those parking problems and congestion as this area continues to grow.

Urban Grub is the only restaurant in the 12th South area that offers free valet parking.

Email: kgebbia@newschannel5.com 

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