Hill Realty eyes Green Hills site for apartment building

Six-story structure would rise near Hill Center

H.G. Hill Realty Co. is targeting a Green Hills site for a six-story apartment building.

The Nashville-based development company will go before the Metro Board of Zoning Appeals on Thursday, Aug. 14, to request a variance related to the building's setback, according to Hill Realty CEO Jimmy Granbery.

The L-shaped structure would offer 90 apartment units and front both Bandywood Drive and Hillsboro Circle. As such, it would partially wrap two buildings, including one home to neighborhood watering hole Joe’s Place (see the site below in an image courtesy of Google Maps). The building would be located across Bandywood from Kroger.

Granbery said Green Hills is becoming more mixed-use and pedestrian oriented and, as such, more residential buildings are needed in its commercial core.

“Think about people walking to the Y, to Whole Foods, to the Regal 16,” Granbery said.

Granbery said the building will offer two-levels of parking and four stories of apartments. Southeast Venture, with which Hill Realty teamed on its 12South Flats project, is the architect. No rendering is available yet.

Hill Realty has enlisted local engineering and planning company Barge Cauthen & Associates to handle the BZA process.

Metro already had given Hill Realty approval for the project related to flood plane construction.

Relatedly, to comply with storm water regulations, Granbery said the building will feature a green roof, on-site water harvesting and a pervious concrete sidewalk. Specifically, the plans include a 15-foot wide planted bioretention area between the existing sidewalk and the proposed building. A cistern on the lower level of the garage will contain roof water to be used for irrigation. Any overflow from the cistern will spill into the bioretention area where it has additional opportunity to infiltrate, he said.

The site, which Hill Realty owns, currently serves as surface parking and is used by visitors to the company’s Hill Center Green Hills. The project will serve as Phase III of Hill Realty’s efforts, with the company having announced in March it had secured a lease with Williams-Sonoma, Inc., which will operate a Pottery Barn in a building planned for construction on the eastern end of the Hill Center and on the site on which a Bank of America operates (read more here).

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