Plans for Starwood Commons Highlight Walkable Community
Nashville, TN – During a community meeting on May 11, developers shared plans for the Starwood Commons mixed-use development on Murfreesboro Road. The 65 acres of land will be a mix of office, retail, residential and green space.
In particular, the housing will be a mix of townhouses, flats over retail space, assisted living and active adult housing, and single family homes – all of which will support the retail and four potential restaurants planned for the development. A four-acre central green space will be available to host community events, and the entire development will be walkable.
Mary Vavra, Urban Planner with Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc., said, “We are excited about reimagining the Starwood Commons SP with a mix of uses and a central green space. The park space is located around the backstage area of the former amphitheater where numerous artists performed. Residents and visitors will be able play and relax at the park as well as walk to surrounding shops and restaurants.”
The amount of office space planned for the community will assist in bringing jobs to Murfreesboro Road so that people can live and work in the same area, and will have a more positive impact on traffic than retail space.
“Traffic studies show a 22% reduction in trips over the previously approved plan,” said Ron Buck, the main investor in the project. “In talking with stakeholders and reviewing the data, we feel that this is the right decision for the area. We look forward to the sense of community that Starwood Commons will create for its residents and patrons.”
Kathryn Withers, who recently joined Barge Waggoner from Metro Planning said, “This amendment is much more in line with current market conditions and has the potential to create a new downtown for Percy Priest-Cane Ridge.”
Buck continued, “The initial community meeting was productive and I feel we are on our way to formalizing our request to amend the SP zoning after consultation with other entities, like the planning commission. If successful, initial construction could begin in the fall.”
The site is being developed by the partnership PBR & T, led by Buck. He has been involved in transactions with Armstrong Hardwood Flooring on 5400 Centennial Blvd., and the 400,000 square foot long-term lease-purchase with Nissan for its parts distribution facility in Murfreesboro, at the former Singer Sewing Machine plant.
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