Core Development Announces New Wedgewood-Houston Project

    Written by William Williams of the NashvillePost:

    Core Development is eyeing a fall groundbreaking for a 34-unit residential project in Wedgewood-Houston, the fast-changing South Nashville district in which the company already has two large projects underway at its The Finery.

    The development will be located at the southeast corner of the intersection of Merritt Avenue and Pillow Street (see here courtesy of Google Maps).

    Andrew Beaird, Core vice president of development, said the project will offer both flats and townhomes, with the residences ranging in size from 700 square feet to 2,000 square feet. The residences will start at prices “well below $300,000,” he said.

    Manuel Zeitlin Architects is handling the design. Core is not ready to release an image, Beaird said. Civil Site Design (engineering), Hawkins Partners (land planning) and Carter Group (construction management) round out the team, he said. All four are Nashville based, with Carter Group’s office located in WeHo.

    “Core is working with its consulting team to advance project planning and permitting,” Beaird said. “The Pillow Street project will be unlike anything developed to date in Wedgewood- Houston, incorporating enhanced natural lighting, outdoor amenities and heightened functionality within efficient living formats. This project will provide affordable housing types within a quickly trending market.

    Metro Councilman Colby Sledge, in whose District 17 the property sits, praised Core for its approach with the project.

    “The plan we agreed to provides density while preserving tree canopy and minimizing impact to adjacent neighbors,” Sledge said. “Core has been a thoughtful, engaged development partner with residents in Wedgewood-Houston, and I expect this project to reflect that good relationship.”

    Beaird said Core considers itself a “steward of Nashville’s built environment.”

    “[The company] seeks to innovate within our specific context in partnership with neighborhoods,” he said. “We cannot afford to rely on previous successes as markets always evolve. And every neighborhood — every street — is unique.

    “Wedgewood-Houston has great potential, and we can only aspire to enhance what already makes it special,” Beaird added.

    Core, which owns the 1.1-acre property and has specific plan zoning in place, also is developing Six10 Merritt at The Finery and Twelve60 Martin at The Finery, both of which are under construction east of the Pillow site and on the northeast and northwest corners of the intersection of Merritt and Martin Street.

    “Six10 Merritt and Twelve60 Martin will begin delivering in August 2016 and February 2017, respectively, with only a few remaining units left to sell,” Beaird said.

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