Green Hills project would be distinctive by courtyard standards

Woodmont Hopkins would offer strong orientation toward three streets

Nashville-based Landmark Realty Services is planning for Green Hills an approximately $17 million residential development that would rank among the city’s more distinct infill projects.

Currently being called Woodmont Hopkins (a final name is forthcoming) and to span 8.75 acres, the project would offer some characteristics of a courtyard development. However, 16 of its 28 free-standing single-family homes would address one of three streets:  Graybar Lane, Hopkins Street and Woodmont Boulevard.

In contrast, most of the city’s similar residential developments undertaken since 2000 are located on smaller sites and offer a physical arrangement with no more than two streets (and often only one street) having homes facing them. The other borders of those developments (visualize, for example, Chesterfield Court, Fatherland Court, Gale Park, Germantown Court and West End Station) include — instead of public streets — alleys, train tracks, interstates, open land, private drives and adjacent buildings.

Landmark has enlisted Nashville-based planning and landscape architecture company Hawkins Partners to execute the site plan to allow for an effective functionality and public realm orientation, according to Steve Ezell, company president.

“The neighborhood has been very involved in the planning process,” he said. “We’ve been so pleased with the support so far as we arrive at a mutually acceptable project.”

Landmark Realty — which has developed, among others, Arundel Court, Dorset Park and Moore’s Landing — will need various Metro approvals, with a Nov. 14 appearance before the Metro Planning Commission the next step in the process. The Metro Council will also need to OK the project.

Five homes currently on the site would be demolished for Woodmont Hopkins. Each of the five is rental. If all goes well, Landmark could break ground in April.

With such strong home-to-street orientation, and with new sidewalks to be constructed along Graybar, Hopkins and Woodmont, Ezell is hopeful Metro will embrace the project.

“The first thing we did was contact Councilman Sean McGuire and the Metro Planning Department staff,” Ezell said. “Then we started meeting with the neighbors.”

Ezell said that the project will balance an appropriate people and building density (to maximize attractive street orientation) while still maintaining more than one-third of the site for common spaces managed by a homeowners association.

“So owners will have private spaces as well,” he said. “The setbacks are designed within the existing context of the site. And we have made great efforts to save the tree canopy and we will add a half mile of new sidewalks.”

Related to this, the homes will have garages places on their backsides and two private drives will allow for mail delivery, recycling and trash pickup to be conducted out of the public’s sight. Access will be via Graybar and Hopkins. Benham Street is not expected to extend from Graybar to Woodmont as part of the project.

Ezell said Woodmont Hopkins homes will range in size from 3,500 to 5,000 square feet. The company has yet to announce an architect.