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Community has mixed opinions on proposed Sylvan Park changes

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A popular west Nashville neighborhood could get a brand new look if one group gets its way, but not everyone is in favor of the proposed changes.

Friday was another busy morning at Star Bagel, near the intersection of Murphy Road and 46th Avenue North, in Sylvan Park. But out front now hangs a new banner asking customers for their support in keeping "Sylvan Park simple."

At issue are proposed changes to the busy intersection and the sometimes crowded parking for area businesses.

Star Bagel co-owner Krista Miller said what's on paper would limit parking more and hurt those businesses.

"We're a fast-paced business. We can't have parking way up in the community center and expect people to walk that far for cup of coffee on their way to work," Miller said.

Metro Councilman Jason Holleman said he has received requests for more sidewalks in the area from both citizens and businesses for some time. So, he asked Metro Public Works to come up with a proposed plan.

The proposal involves installing a roundabout at the intersection of Murphy Road and 46th Avenue North and adding more sidewalks in the area.

"I, the neighborhood, the business owners that approached me, and certainly the Public Works department, are willing to take input and make adjustments to this plan if they need to be made," Holleman said.

Jody Myers, owner of Neighbors of Sylvan Park, said he supports the proposed changes as a step in the right direction.

"I think it would be a better community," he said. "I would be losing some parking spots, but I think we're all going to have to give a little to get a whole lot."

Customer Bobby Rosenblum agrees and supports the proposed changes.

"I would love to see the sidewalks," he said. "It would bring a lot more people walking to their place as well."

But to get sidewalks, the plan calls for some parking spaces to go, which Sylvan Park resident Jessica Clark said is already a problem.

"Parking is already an issue, and I wouldn't want to limit parking more than it already is," she said.

Councilman Holleman plans to hold a community meeting about the proposal at the McCabe Community Center, located at 4601 Murphy Road, on Saturday, July 7, at 10:30 a.m.

Holleman said he welcomes other ideas and is encouraging members of the community to bring their input to the meeting.

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