Nashville Metro Development and Housing Agency is in the process of creating a new community in the style of The Gulch. Mixing old buildings that have been repurposed into residential condominiums with brand new LEED-certified construction is a formula that has worked in the past, and adding a gorgeous view of the Cumberland River situated right in downtown’s SoBro district certainly can’t hurt! The area has already seen improvements in infrastructure and the addition of a children’s museum, a coffee shop, and a restaurant.
As for living spaces, the Victorian and Art Deco hospital structures have each been recycled into cool, offbeat lofts, with a third new building scheduled to start construction this summer. A new building will house the Ryman Lofts, with unconventional floor plans at affordable prices geared towards Nashville’s artistic population. There will also be large convention rooms on each floor, meant to facilitate creative interaction. Nance Place is another new building that has already received LEED certification. It will be marketed to the workforce as a loft style property with 109 units of one- two- and three-bedroom apartments.
Sustainability is a main goal of the new Rolling Mill Hill area. Located in one of Nashville’s oldest suburbs, the developers have paid attention to retaining the landmark sites and historic aspects while adding in new development in the mixed-use building style that has become so popular. Rolling Mill Hill has been turned into a greenfield, and all work has been done with an eye toward sustainability. Both the trolley barns and Nance Place are scheduled to open in 2011, and keep watching for more development in this area!