Smyrna’s Downtown Master Plan recommends widening Washington Street to two lanes that link to historic Depot District and add parks and trails.
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- The apartment development will kick start revitalization to historic downtown, official says
- Developer expects to be leasing apartments by September 2021
- Architecture will blend with nearby Depot District, developer says
- Apartments also near future Zama Park, which includes walking trail
SMYRNA — Crews recently started grading on South Lowry Street to prepare for the $50 million Alta Depot development of 308 apartments by the town’s historic district.
The Smyrna Town Council unanimously approved the zoning for this 18.6-acre project September 2019 in hopes the apartment complex will spark redevelopment to an older commercial area that’s also part of U.S. Highway 41. The apartments will be on the east side of Lowry and north of Fire Station 4 on the former Lane Cedar Mill property
“This development is important in that it’s the first time in over 30 years that we’ve had such a significant amount of money invested in the downtown area,” Councilman Tim Morrell said. “This development will support our local downtown businesses, and that will lead to more jobs and economic growth to our downtown area.”
This rendering shows what the Alta Depot development will look like in adding 308 apartments by Smyrna’s historic district on the east side of South Lowry Street and north of the town’s Fire Station 4. (Photo: Submitted)
Town leaders want the older commercial area to have more traffic and prosperity just as the thriving Sam Ridley Parkway has, Morrell said.
The future apartments will be a short walk from the old Downtown Train Depot area on the other side of Lowry and the CSX railroad. The Depot area has included redevelopment and renovation of older commercial buildings, and is known for its farmer’s market, outdoor concerts and other events.
The town is also building a nearby Zama Park that honors a sister city in Japan and includes a walking trail between the Depot District and the future Alta Depot apartments. The park will be on the west side of Lowry Street and south of Washington Street.
Hercules: Project will ‘Kick start revitalization’
Grading work has recently started on 18.6 acres on the east side of South Lowry Street north of Fire Station 4 for the Alta Depot development of 308 apartments by Smyrna’s historic district. (Photo: Scott Broden/DNJ)
Alta Depot is expected to have apartments available for rent by September 2021, according to a press release from Justin H. Wilson, the managing director of public relations for Hall Strategies in Nashville.
The developer for the Alta Depot is Wood Partners, a national multifamily real estate and acquisition company, according to a press release. Alta Depot will contain one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments encompassing six multifamily buildings and seven carriage home buildings.
Alta Depot’s site had been pinpointed for redevelopment for many years by town leaders as the mill on the site had been long vacant, the press release said.
“This is a great project to help us kick start the revitalization of downtown,” Smyrna Town Manager Brian Hercules said in the press release.
Architecture will blend with Depot
Wood Partners Managing Director Andrew Steffens said in the press release that his company worked very hard with local Smyrna leaders and neighbors to deliver a project that will revitalize the entire area.
Ultimately this led to including elevators for senior residents, providing access points for school buses, and dedicating land and dollars to the town for storm water improvements and a pedestrian path that will lead to the nearby soccer park, the press release said.
“Alta Depot will offer market rents with a suite of amenities and features unlike anything else in the market,” said Steffens, whose office is in Nashville. “We’re particularly proud to begin construction in Smyrna and become an invaluable part of the community and its resurgence.”
Every detail of Alta Depot has been closely considered to provide synergies for the downtown area, so the architecture will blend with the historical surroundings, including the old Downtown Train Depot, between Front Street and South Lowry Street, the press release said.
Amenities at Alta Depot will include a saltwater pool, a fitness center with a child-friendly playroom, a club room with distinctive areas to gather, cyber lounge, dog park and dog wash, and many other spaces that create a sense of community.
In addition to Alta Depot, Wood Partners is also building two apartment complexes in Nashville: Alta Foundry near downtown and Alta Union in the Nations development.
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