Residents and merchants of Sylvan Park say they have reached a compromise for the streetscape proposal for the Murphy Road area. This compromise includes adding more sidewalks and a roundabout at the intersection of 46th Avenue North and Murphy Road in hopes to make the area more pedestrian-friendly, while still allowing for some parking in front of businesses, finishing the Richland Creek Greenway loop, and installing a trailhead off Sloan Road that could be used for parking during "off-peak" hours.
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Sylvan Park merchants and residents say they have reached a compromise on a once highly contested streetscape proposal for the area’s commercial district.
The proposed idea will bring more sidewalks and install a roundabout at the intersection of 46th Avenue North and Murphy Road in hopes of making the area more pedestrian-friendly.
The original plan was met with opposition, as many Sylvan Park merchants feared adding sidewalks and eliminating parking spaces would hurt their businesses. Residents and business owners formed a small committee to recommend a compromise before the final plan is drafted by Metro Public Works.
The new plan will still allow for some parking in front of businesses. Metro Parks is also considering finishing the Richland Creek Greenway loop and installing a trailhead off Sloan Road that could be used for parking for the commercial district during off-peak business hours, Councilman Jason Holleman said.
“Some of the property owners were having a hard time visualizing what would be left and how much parking would be available,” said Holleman, who represents the area.
“Everybody was willing to compromise and understood that they would give up some things and get some things.”
With scores of popular restaurants and locally owned businesses along Murphy Road, the West Nashville neighborhood is bustling with activity and parking is constantly an issue, merchants say.
“Sylvan Park is becoming more of a urban neighborhood and I love that people are walking and biking to the restaurants,” said John Ko, owner of Local Taco.
“Some business owners are nervous about taking away parking. For small business owners, it creates a worse problem. Adding parking at different areas is the best solution.”