Lennar Multifamily Communities LLC is expected to submit site plans this month to Berry Hill city officials for a project with 320 to 360 apartment units. Why Berry Hill? Developers say they are attracted to the area because it is outside the downtown area but still offers convenient access to the Gulch, 12th Avenue South and other popular areas of Nashville.
Directly south of the site where Lennar Multifamily plans to build the community is 23Hundred at Berry Hill. Bluerock Real Estate LLC and Atlanta-based Stonehenge DCM are co-developers of a 266-unit apartment building at the former Beaman Lincoln-Mercury dealership at 2300 Franklin Pike. About 45 units are occupied, with the others under construction, said a Stonehenge principal.
Four blocks away, 220 apartment units are under construction at The Melrose, a mixed-used development that includes retail space at Franklin Pike and Kirkwood Avenue. The first residents should start to move in the building in February, according to one of the site’s co-developers.
The properties Lennar Multifamily is pursuing are bounded to the west by Franklin Pike, south by Craighead Street and north by Melpark Drive. In addition to 2350 Franklin Pike, they include two smaller parcels at 725 Melpark and 731 Melpark. Jaguar of Nashville is currently located at 2350 Franklin Pike but is expected to move. In August, Porsche of Nashville relocated from that area to Mallory Lane in Brentwood with Audi Nashville also moving to Brentwood last month.
At a Berry Hill planning commission meeting last month, commissioners suggested that Lennar include retail space at the proposed development, but the company said it wanted to keep the entire project multifamily. Commissioners asked Lennar to modify its plans to reduce density and address street and intersection improvement issues before resubmitting.
Under current zoning for the property, Lennar can build up to five floors on the main tract fronting Franklin Pike at 2350 Franklin Pike, but it is restricted to three floors on parcels fronting Melpark.