Letter to Council Member Sledge

From: Edgehill Neighborhood Coalition <edgehillneighborhoodcoalition@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Feb 25, 2019 at 11:48 AM
Subject: Re: Rose Park update
To: <colby.sledge@nashville.gov>
Cc: Joel Dark, King Hollands, Avy Long, Ben Tran, Burkley Allen, John Cooper, Erica Gilmore, Freddie O’Connell

Dear Council Member Sledge,

Thank you for notifying us about this development. We discussed your email at the meeting of the Edgehill Coalition on Thursday and resolved to seek more information.

We recognize the distinction between Parks property and the adjacent school property but remain concerned about the construction of private, religiously exclusive university facilities on land owned by the public and the implications of Belmont’s proposal for the longer-term future of Rose Park as a public park. As taxpayers, voters, and citizens, we also continue to value transparent and community-directed decisions about the best use of public land in our neighborhood.

Our initial questions include:

(1) What are the financial terms of Belmont’s new proposal?

(2) How, if at all, does the proposal amend the original Belmont-Rose Park lease? For example, would Belmont’s use of the Rose Park Middle School property end with the original lease?

(3) What are the planned location, size, and layout of the proposed facility?

(4) What are the proposed uses of the facility, and do these continue to involve private, religiously exclusive facilities on city property?

(5) What is the process for public input and seeking community benefits?

With reference to #5, please provide clarification regarding the item on the January 22 [date error; should be November 27] Board of Education meeting consent agenda requesting an easement for Belmont access to Rose Park Middle School property. We discovered this after the meeting, and the lack of prior notification has understandably raised concerns.

Thank you for your assistance in making this information available.

Sincerely,

The Edgehill Neighborhood Coalition E.S. Rose Park Committee
Joel Dark, King Hollands, Avy Long, and Ben Tran