MDHA enlists Washington-based company to help reinvent Cayce

The Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency has hired EJP Consulting Group to will lead the process of creating a redevelopment plan for James A. Cayce Place in East Nashville.

MDHA has yet to announce if the residential buildings within the massive Cayce complex will be demolished or rehabbed. Cayce, located south of Shelby Avenue, is Nashville’s oldest and largest public housing development, with the first phase having been completed in 1941.

Based in Washington state, EJP is a women owned business that specializes in the redevelopment of public housing communities and increasing the self-sufficiency of public housing residents. EJP has previously worked with MDHA on the implementation of several HOPE VI redevelopments, including the Sam Levy Homes and the John Henry Hale Homes.

“I’m pleased MDHA will have the opportunity to work with EJP once again,” Phil Ryan, MDHA executive director, said in a release. “The firm’s experience in revitalizing public housing nationally and in Nashville ensures we’ll be working with people who have extensive knowledge of best practices in public housing and are committed to seeking input from all of Cayce’s residents and stakeholders.”

Rhae Parkes, and EJP Consulting partner, will lead the consulting team. Parkes has overseen public housing planning initiatives in Chicago, St Louis, New Orleans and Richmond, Va.