Hot Neighborhoods Brace for More Building

    Many of Nashville’s urban neighborhoods are expecting big growth. 12South, Elliston Place, Music Row, Sylvan Park and Edgehill – just to name a few! – are all expecting new developments in 2012. Much of this new construction has already begun and more is in the works. Residents of these areas should expect to see more apartments, condos, shops, restaurants, and maybe even parking garages to address the current lack of parking in many of these hot spots in the coming year.


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    In 2011, West Nashville saw nearly 40 new restaurants open within a few-mile radius. Dozens of new retail stores have come online. More students are attending its colleges.

    With hot neighborhoods, though, came growing pains. And they became increasingly apparent in 2011.

    Like, parking and traffic. And where are all these new students and urbanites going to live?

    It shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that 2012 is looking to be punctuated with meetings, discussions and more construction striving for solutions to those sticky growing pains.

    A lot of that apartment construction is well under way, especially in 12South, Elliston Place and Music Row. The buying and renovating of aging, makeover-hungry bungalows in areas such as Sylvan Park and Edgehill Village is looking to be quite the trend for 2012 as well.

    And, although problems with parking are still likely to dominate community meetings in these areas, 2012 undoubtedly will include more discussion about the need for a stronger mass-transit system. Like, in the Gulch, where the city’s free, downtown circulator bus has been growing in popularity.

    Here are some of the big things happening in 2012 for some of West Nashville’s hottest neighborhoods:

    Music Row/Edgehill Village/Hillsboro Village

    1. Discussions will continue among Edgehill Village developers regarding the building of a parking garage that could include condominiums or apartments on its upper floor.

    2. Action is likely to be taken on a proposed connection of Acklen Avenue to Magnolia Boulevard.

    3. Stonehenge DCM, developers from the Atlanta area, have announced an 86-unit apartment project slated to open on Music Row in about 12 months at the intersection of 16th and Horton avenues. Rental rates for studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments still are being evaluated, but Stonehenge’s Todd Jackovich said the units will be marketed to young professionals. A two-story vacant office building occupies the site. The building will be demolished to make way for a five-story apartment complex, which includes two levels of parking, including one underground.

    4. Music Row’s talented occupants will begin their partnerships this year with Davidson County’s elementary and middle school populations through Music Makes Us: The Nashville Music Education Project. Schools still will have marching band and glee club, but thanks to an avalanche of promised donations and music industry volunteers, students also will have the option of joining a rock ’n’ roll band, or performing bluegrass or hip-hop, or signing up for a songwriting class or a course in DJ remixing. The expanded offerings will hit the high school level in 2013.

    5. The Belcourt Theatre this year was selected as one of nine theaters across the country by the Sundance Film Festival to host an evening of film and dialogue with a filmmaker featured at the annual festival in Park City, Utah.

    Sylvan Park/West End/Elliston Place

    1. Franklin-based developer Southern Land Company, known best for the Dwell apartment complex off McEwen Drive in Williamson County, has broken ground on Elliston 23, or E23. It’s a multimillion-dollar complex of 331 apartments on top of upscale restaurants and boutique clothing stores, set to be completed in 2013. The brochure boasts apartments with the features of a luxury hotel: sleek appliances, coffee lounge, eco-friendly and outdoor cabanas with flat-screen TVs.

    2. The new McCabe Community Center, sandwiched between the golf course and Sylvan Park’s popular business district, will hold outdoor concerts and other events at its amphitheater.

    3. Talks surely will continue among Sylvan Park business owners and city leaders about possible solutions to the parking crunch. Among the options being looked at: working out an agreement with the McCabe Golf Course and new community center to use the lots at off-peak times, said Metro Councilman Jason Holleman, who represents Sylvan Park. Another is to rezone a private piece of property that sits behind the commercial business district and turn it into a parking lot. Also, increasing the walkability of the area by reworking the intersection at 46th Avenue and Murphy Road to create curbs. The change actually would create less parking space on-street, but improve the safety of the area.


    4. Although 2012 will see the end to stores such as f.y.e entertainment on West End Avenue, Vanderbilt University continues to be a draw for business. For example computer retailer MacAuthority planned to open a new store last weekend on West End Avenue, near the new Barnes & Noble Vanderbilt Bookstore and the school’s campus.

    5. Plans continue for a makeover of Centennial Park. Drafts of the possible improvements include replacing roadways and parking lots with green space, water structures and gardens. The draft also includes new structures, monuments and water features. Among them are two musicians corners, an amphitheater, a winter garden, jogging loop, a second café, restrooms, a Parthenon reflecting pool and a cascade of fountains spewing water into the air.

    The Gulch/12South

    1. A $50 million, 23-story apartment building at 12th Avenue South and Demonbreun is expected to be completed this year. The project was initially proposed as a 28-story condo tower just as the housing market stumbled. Ray Hensler, president of Market Realty Advisors, last year switched the concept to upscale apartments.

    2. Construction is set to get under way at 1515 Demonbreun, a 250-unit apartment building in an area bordering Music Row and across from Rhythm condos. The project is another venture of Bristol Development Group, which, along with Market Street, developed the Icon and Velocity.

    3. Market Street Enterprises plans an apartment complex nestled between the Icon and Velocity at Pine Street and 11th Avenue South. By 2013, 300 one- and two-bedroom units ranging in price from $900 to $2,000 a month will be available for rentals. The plan also includes about 16,000 square feet of retail space.

    4. In the former Polar Icehouse Storage property on 11th Avenue North between Church Street and Charlotte Avenue, developers expect 302 apartment units by spring. Georgia-based partners TriBridge Residential LLC and Stonehenge DCM are developing the Eleven North Apartments project on nine acres.

    5. As plans are carried out to improve Sevier Park, to include additional parking spots, construction continues to be a mainstay on 12Avenue South. The intergalactic-looking Urban Grub promises to open sometime soon. The restaurant will boast Southern-style seafood, including a raw bar with oysters and Latin dishes such as enchiladas.


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