Salemtown slated for cottage-style infill development

Development team looks to build 24 homes in fast-growing neighborhood

The fast-changing North Nashville neighborhood of Salemtown is slated to land another major infill project, with Salemtown Cottages awaiting Metro approval.

A trio of developers — MiKen Development, Aerial Development and H.R. Properties — is hoping to construct 24 freestanding single-family homes at Salemtown’s northwestern fringe. The development, which would offer the type courtyard arrangement that is gaining favor in various areas of the city, would be bordered by Rosa Parks Boulevard on the west, Buchanan Street on the south, the inner-interstate loop on the north and Seventh Avenue on the east. (See image, courtesy of Google Maps and check the conceptual layout here.)

If it materializes, Salemtown Cottages would join a 92-unit apartment building Evergreen Real Estate is developing at Rosa Parks and Hume Street (read more here). In addition, and on the southern border of Salemtown, Atlanta-based developer SWH Residential Partners has underway its 282-unit $40 million The Flats at Werthan Mills apartment building. (Read more here.) Also, Jim Creason (Fifth & Garfield) and Robin York (Sixth & Garfield) are currently completing multi-unit infill projects in the heart of Salemtown.

For Salemtown Cottages, Britnie Faith Turner serves as principal of Aerial Development, with Michael Kenner the principal of MiKen Development.

Kenner said the next step in the process is an April 10 community meeting (one has already been held) at Morgan Park Community Center. Metro Councilwoman Erica Gilmore, within whose district the proposed development would sit, is expected to attend.

“We want to develop in Salemtown with the support of Councilwoman Gilmore,” said Kenner, adding that Civil Site will serves as the project’s main engineer, with Village Real Estate Service’s City Living Team to market and sell the homes. He did not disclose the name of the architect.

“We’ve already submitted an SP (specific plan) and are waiting for comments from the Metro Planning Department,” Kenner said. “If everything goes well, we’ll get Planning and Council support and break ground within 90 days.”

Kenner said the development team will purchase eight different parcels on which Salemtown Cottages will be built only after all Metro approvals are finalized.

The homes, access to which will be limited to Buchanan, will range in price from $249,000 to $279,000 and in size from 1,450 to 1,750 square feet. They will be Energy Star-certified.