The developer of Salemtown Cottages is targeting an end-of-January completion date for the residential project, with 16 of the 24 finished homes now sold.
Michael Kenner, president of MiKeN Development, said five of the final eight under-construction homes are also under contract.
Kenner (pictured) said the project, located on the northern fringe of North Nashville’s Salemtown at the northwest corner of the intersection of Seventh and Buchanan Street (see the site here courtesy of Google Maps) will be noteworthy in that the homes will offer Nest learning thermostats, which are self-regulating and can be controlled remotely. Kenner said he believes this will be the first Nashville development of its type with homes fully controlled by Nest learning thermostats.
The Metro Planning Commission on Thursday approved two requests for specific plan zoning related to projects targeted for North Nashville, including that of Columbus-based Lifestyle Communities.
LC envisions LC Germantown to be built on the northeast corner of Second Avenue North and Madison Street. Details of the project, which will rise on 4.7 acres, have yet to be released. Read more here.
The commission passed the LC SP request 7-0.
In addition, the commission passed with an 8-0 vote a request to rezone to SP properties located at 1614 and 1616 Fourth Ave. N. in Salemtown to allow seven residential units. Read more about those plans here.
Columbus-based Lifestyle Communities will go before the Metro Planning Commission on Thursday, Dec. 11, to request specific plan zoning for its mixed-use project planned for Germantown.
Read more about the project here.
In addition, the commission will vote on a request to rezone to SP properties located at 1614 and 1616 Fourth Ave. N. in Salemtown to allow seven residential units (read more here).
Check back with the Post on Friday, Dec. 12, for results of the votes impacting the two North Nashville-related projects.
In a move that will please advocates of pedestrian-oriented placemaking — and that could place additional positive focus on the city north side — the Metro Development and Housing Agency this summer plans an $800,000 effort to install or replace approximately 14,000 linear feet of sidewalks in North Nashville.
The project is part of MDHA’s place-based strategy for community development, in which community development block grant (CDBG) funds are concentrated for investment activities, the agency said in release. North Nashville was designated as the first priority neighborhood under this strategy, and approximately $800,000 of CDBG funds are allocated for infrastructure improvements.
It is no secret that Nashville’s historic near north side (with its various neighborhoods sometimes collectively referred to as North Capitol) is attracting major developer interest. Germantown, Hope Gardens, Salemtown and Sulphur Dell are getting major infill projects, with Buena Vista also attracting attention. (Read more here.) Though the sidewalk work will not be done in these districts, one could contend any streetscape work within the old school north side (the areas located west of the inner-interstate loop for which is not known for its post-1950 construction projects — Meharry Medical College and Tennessee State University notwithstanding) sends a positive message.
Developers are more likely to do work in pockets of general areas with functional and attractive streetscape infrastructure (including streets, curbs, pedestrian crosswalks, utility poles, street signage and stormwater management systems). With the north side seeing that infrastructure continue to improve, look for more development activity on the near north side — and perhaps beyond.
From the MDHA release:
The Project includes the installation of new and replacement of deteriorating sidewalks in both residential and commercial areas. Sidewalk improvements in residential areas will be primarily in the vicinity of Albion and Alameda Streets between 25th and 32nd Avenues North, as well as the south side of Seifried Street (between 24th and 25th Avenues) and the east side of 24th Avenue from Lacy Street to Clarksville Pike.
“Neighbors have long awaited sidewalks on Seifried and Lacy Streets for over 41 years. I know they will be very pleased to hear this good news,” said District 21 Councilmember Edith Taylor Langster.A new sidewalk is planned for the north side of Rosa L. Parks Boulevard between Great Circle Road and Mainstream Road, a busy commercial corridor. Sidewalks will be constructed according to Metro Government specifications and on existing right-of-way. The Project is nearing the end of the design phase, and MDHA staff will contact adjacent property owners prior to beginning construction.
“Sidewalks are a critical component of a healthy community,” stated Angie Hubbard, MDHA’s Director of Community Development. “They improve the walkability of the neighborhood, increase accessibility to services, promote pedestrian safety, and can serve as a tangible sign of redevelopment efforts.”CDBG funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and are administered by MDHA on behalf of the City. This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the enactment of the CDBG program.
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