Developer pursues ‘live-make’ project in Wedgewood-Houston

    Core wants to add to emerging district’s creative vibe.

    Nashville-based Core Development is hoping to undertake in the fast-emerging Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood a “live-make” project with a distinctive mix of light manufacturing, artisan and residential spaces.

    Core will appear before the Metro Planning Commission on April 10 to request approval of a specific plan to allow rezoning of about 7.3 acres bordered by Martin Street on the east, Merritt Avenue on the south and Hagan Street on the west. The land sits south of Herschel Greer Stadium and west of the Fort Houston creative complex in a part of South Nashville that is gaining redevelopment momentum and known for being home to various creative businesses and individuals.

    Currently the land (seen below in an image courtesy of Google Maps), which includes two parcels Core has acquired and two more the company has under contract, is zoned IWD (industrial, warehousing/distribution). The company seeks to have it rezoned to SP-MU (specific plan, mixed-use).

    “What is most important is that the SP, if approved, would create a new template for land-use,” said Andrew Beaird, Core Development vice president. “We would blend micro-housing and live-make housing units. It would involve urban craft-making and light industrial and artisanal spaces integrated with residential uses. We feel we would be pioneering some new residential product with this.

    Beaird said the ‘live-make’ concept is already thriving in Wedgewood-Houston, with the Core project to simply add to the energy. It would be the area’s first large-scale new mixed-use construction of its type.

    Core has submitted a concept plan (see below) to the planning department staff to provide a basic idea as to how the development could, in theory, look and function. If the SP is approved, the project eventually could include multiple buildings accommodating commercial, industrial and residential spaces.

    Beaird said the company would like to start in spring 2015 but stressed the effort is in its early stages and that Core continues to seek input from neighbors, area businesses and Metro Councilwoman Sandra Moore, in whose District 17 the property sits. Beaird noted the SP, if approved, would allow “a range of uses, density, bulk standards, etc., that would govern the development over time.”

    “In this case, what is unique is the mix of uses, what we are calling a ‘live-make’ community,” Beaird said. “The concept plan was included for illustrative purposes only and does not represent a specific development site plan/program that we would be committed to. Rather, the plan illustrates a development scenario that could be achieved within the SP zoning proposed.”

    Core has enlisted Hawkins Partners (land planning), Smith Gee Studio (architecture) and Civil Site Design (engineering) for the effort.

    “If the project goes forward, the intent is to have multiple architects involved over the course of the build-out,” Beaird said.

    “We have been working closely with SNAP (South Nashville Action People), have had multiple meetings, and continue to engage neighbors and Councilwoman Moore while working through the SP application process,” he said.

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