A sneak-peek at how the Historic Trolley Barns will look once renovations are complete. The buildings were built in the early 1940’s as part of the New Deal by the WPA. Now, they are being reborn to house a creative campus of non-profit and creative companies: Emma, Entrepreneur Center, Center for Nonprofit Management, Hands On Nashville, MDHA, Centric Architecture and others to be announced.
Nashville is known around the world for our creative community, so it was a great pleasure for us to join Mayor Karl Dean yesterday to kick-off two major projects that will support the arts and the innovators.
The Historic Trolley Barns are being reborn into a creative campus that will house Nashville’s premier non-profit and creative companies. Just up the hill along Hermitage Avenue, construction is beginning on Ryman Lofts, Nashville’s first affordable urban community designed specifically for artists.
“Nashville is known around the world for the work of our creative community and each year more people move here to Music City to pursue careers in the arts,” Dean said. “The Ryman Lofts speak directly to the uniqueness of the Music City identity and will continue to help cultivate the city’s culturally rich and diverse community by creating affordable urban housing opportunities for artists.”
Ryman Lofts is scheduled to open in 2012, and the 60-unit apartment community will include one-bedroom and three-bedroom units featuring unconventional floor plans, large windows, hard surfaces and significant meeting spaces that are conducive to artistic endeavors. The entire community was designed with artists in mind and with the help of a focus group made up of Nashville artists from a variety of genres.
Rolling Mill Hill rolls along with groundbreaking for Ryman Lofts, Nashville’s first affordable community specifically designed for artists, and the Historic Trolley Barns, Nashville’s new center for creativity and innovation!