NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A main thoroughfare to downtown is getting a facelift. Hermitage Avenue will soon boast a new streetscape with sidewalks and greenery, as part of the Rolling Mill Hill project.
The redevelopment of Rolling Mill Hill is part of a larger rebirth of Rutledge Hill, one of Nashville's first suburban neighborhoods.
The goal is to bring real community feel to the so-called “in town neighborhood.”
The Metro Development and Housing Agency is responsible for the project that will improve infrastructure and sidewalks from Lindsley Avenue to the Korean Veterans Bridge.
Old utility poles will be replaced with underground electrical and water systems, in addition to a pedestrian-friendly streetscape.
Businesses will soon fill the old trolley barns, high end apartments have replaced the old General Hospital and more affordable, workforce housing is just down the road.
Work has been completed along the east side of Hermitage Avenue but will continue on the west side until the fall.
In the meantime, it's a bit of a traffic headache.
“It's interfered with quite a bit of our business,” said Doug Moody, a cook at the popular Hermitage Cafe. “The parking is a lot harder.”
Prior to construction, customers were able to drive right off the road and into a parking pace. Now, they have to make their way through a gap in the concrete barriers.
A spokesperson for the Metro Development and Housing Agency told Nashville's News 2 they are working diligently to keep businesses along Hermitage Avenue informed on the project and making sure there is access to all businesses.
- March 15, 2011: Rolling Mill Hill makes downtown living affordable
- Dec. 29, 2011: More downtown condos being marketed as apartments
- Sept. 24, 2009: Rolling Mill Hill condos auctioned off to bank