Green Hills apartment building slated for January groundbreaking

All-local team to handle development

Nashville-based developer Brent Smith is planning to break ground in early 2013 on a four-story residential building for the Green Hills commercial district, a project that will continue the area’s trending toward more large-scale development.

Slated for 2215 Abbott Martin Road and to not be visible from the street, the 64-unit building will offer two- and three-bedroom rental residences. It will be an addition to Village Green Hills Apartments, which will include 82 units when the new building is finished. The photo below (courtesy of Google Maps) shows the complex, some demolition of which will be needed, on the left.

Smith, who has created Village Green Apartments Partnership for the project and has finalized all rezoning efforts, said he is still completing design elements, with DA|AD handling architectural work.

In addition, the Metro Planning Department must still sign off on a site plan. If all goes well, Smith will break ground in January.

“We’re combining traditional and contemporary design elements,” he said.

Of note, Smith was a member of the development team that oversaw the reinvention of the former Belle Meade Theater. That development, anchored by a Harris Teeter and including apartments and retail, is called Belle Meade Town Center.

In addition, in 2009 Smith unveiled plans for a 300-plus unit development on the site of Village Green Hills. Local neighborhood groups opposed the project, despite the Metro Planning Department staff recommending its approval. Eventually Smith scrapped the plan.

For the four-story building, which will include structured parking, Smith is using, in addition to DA|AD, Crain Construction for general contractor work and Barge Cauthen & Associates for engineering efforts. He declined to say what entity will provide financing.

“We want this to be as 100 percent of a Nashville project as possible,” he said.

Village Green is located on the south side of Abbott Martin and almost catty-corner from the parking garage that accommodates the Dillard’s at The Mall at Green Hills.