Fall start eyed for East Nashville mixed-use project

Gallatin-based developer Oak Tree Partners is targeting an early fall construction start on its mixed-use project planned for the former Hobson United Methodist Church site in East Nashville.

K. Clay Haynes, Oak Tree managing partner, said the company is pre-leasing space (a website is now live) within the site’s existing century-old structures. To be called Eastwood Village, the development also will include new construction and is slated for offices, a cafe and/or a restaurant, boutique retail and live-work units that could allow for small-scale artisan manufacturing.

The buildings (both the adaptively reused and the new) will span a collective 60,000 square feet, said Haynes, adding he is not ready to disclose an estimated cost to undertake the project.

Oak Tree will go before the Metro Planning Commission on Thursday, May 12, for approval of the project’s final specific plan.

Oak Tree’s efforts come about two years after the company paid $1.18 million for the 3.27-acre site, which is located at the southeast corner of Chapel and Greenwood avenues in Eastwood Neighbors (see here courtesy of Google Maps).

“In many ways, this project has been consistently shaped by community involvement,” Haynes said. “Our goal throughout the process has been to create a generational development. This goal will continue to influence every aspect of the process from the green space programming and architectural design to the detail material and construction quality. It's an audacious goal, but our team wants to create something that will be both beautiful and durable for another 150 years.”

The Eastwood Village site will be anchored by the historic Hobson Chapel building (opened in 1851) and the main church building, featuring a Greek revival sanctuary and constructed in 1924.

The development team also includes D|AAD Architecture, Dale and Associates, Firma Landscape Design and 1767. All are Nashville based.

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