$602M project begins to turn Cayce Place into mixed-income community

Envision Cayce Redevelopment Plan
(Courtesy: MDHA)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Plans to turn an east Nashville public housing community into one with mixed-income housing are about to be put into motion.

After years of research and meetings, construction on the “Envision Cayce Redevelopment Plan” will start this summer, according to a spokesperson with the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA).

“We had many focus groups and the plan that we present today is what’s based on their input,” said Traughber.

The project hopes to convert Nashville’s largest public housing complex into a $602-million, mixed-income community that would include a library, grocery and pharmacy, among other stores.

“It needs to be torn down and built back up, basically, because they are old,” said Tina Brown, a single mother-of-six who has lived at Cayce Place for six years.

Traughber said the apartments date back to the 1940s.

She also explained current residents will never be without a place to live.

“We’ll build on currently vacant land,” she said. “We’ll move current residents into new buildings, demolish the old buildings, and then build new buildings in their place.”

Right now, Cayce Place has more than 700 units. Upon completion, the project could have about 2,390 units; 41 percent or 968 would stay low income, 15 percent or 358 would be affordable housing, and 44 percent or 1,064 would be market rate units.

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