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Historic Former Church In Town May Be Saved From Wrecking Ball After All

The fate of a historic former church at E College and N. College Streets appears brighter coming out of a city council workshop last night than it did going in.

The former Methodist church dates from 1888.
The former Methodist church dates from 1888.

The future of the vacant church now rests solely with the council. A city deal to buy the property it sits on for $1.55 million from Franklin Synergy Bank closed last month. The bank will lease the property from the city until its Rutherford County headquarters building along Medical Center Parkway is completed.

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Citizen Activism Works If A Developer Decides To Be A Good Neighbor

If all developers wanted to be good citizens while making money, we could probably do away with the planning department and become libertarians. Unfortunately, pigs don’t fly, and hell hasn’t frozen over yet.

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While Apartment Project Approved, Residents Get One More Concession

It was virtually the final round of a months long duel between a developer who wants to build as many as 270 apartment units off Manson Pike, and residents of the neighboring Brookwood subdivision. The latter are dead set against having that many apartments as neighbors.

The developer got the rezoning he needed to proceed, but one resident, Tammie Cleek, was still throwing high heat as city council neared the rezoning vote last night.

If you are ever in a dispute, and Cleek is on the other side, you might consider switching sides.

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TW3: Our Primer On Getting Your Way With Council, Planning Commission

We know it’s a lot of work to prepare your speech, dress up and come to a council meeting for your three minutes of speaking fame. And more often than not the council members or planning commissioners listen politely and then ignore you.

Well, we’re here to end all that. Today we’re unveiling our long-awaited guide on how to win friends and influence people when you speak at city hall.

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Cape Crusaders Renew Battle At Council Against Red Light Cameras

Every council member knows citizen activists are dangerous when they can turn out numbers repeatedly at council meetings. If they have a Facebook page, a clever acronym and fancy T-shirts they are even more formidable. C.A.P.E. has all four.

For the second straight month, Citizens Against Photo Enforcement members spoke at the council’s monthly “open mic” session Thursday night. They attackedĀ  the city’s decision to hire a company to install the cameras and monitor videotapes of alleged violations these cameras record.

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Boro 2035: Hooking Up With The Region To Form An Aviation Corridor

The consultant the city hired to help deal with the next two decades of rapid growth here believes the boro’s economic future lies in greater cooperation with Nashville and other cities in the region.

By getting involved in regional initiatives — ranging from rapid transit to regional planning and marketing campaigns — Murfreesboro can piggyback on Nashville’s powerful economic engine.

  • What follows comes from a draft of the consultant’s economic chapter, which was passed out for comments several months ago and is subject to change.

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Commission Gets Vision Of Past, Glimpse Of Future In Two Projects

Double Feature at the City Hall Bijou:

***Two stirring planning commission melodramas.***

  1. “Back To The Past”: A nostalgic flick starring a single family subdivision that could put as many as 750 lots near the I-24-SR 840 Interchange. The area around the interchange itself is considered an ideal candidate for a corporate center.
  2. “Back To The Future”: Plans for 203 luxury apartments in the city’s gateway district. It’s a project that calls out a welcome to talented millennials who crave urban living.

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2/13/16: That WasThe Week That Was; Dinner For Lawmakers At Chez Mairie

The annexation issue isn’t even on the radar, our representatives at the capital told city officials and council members Thursday night.

Dining on deli cuisine in the council chambers*, city officials met with State Sens. Bill Ketron and Jim Tracy as well as state Reps. Dawn White and Bryan Terry.

The informal meeting offered city council members a chance to tell the lawmakers what their priorities are and for the lawmakers to tell local officials what legislation looms in the capital.

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2/6/16 This Is The Week That Was In The City By The Scenic Stones River

[Note: This roundup is an experiment. It will be awfully long for something online. The hope is that subheads will enable you to go to items that interest you rather than get bleary eyed reading the whole thing.]

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