Wednesday, May 22, 2024
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Next Steps For Magnolia Ridge & Rose Bud Village Developments

The Highlands Residential Services Board got a look at the floor plans and renderings for the Magnolia Ridge Apartments and Red Bud Village located off Buffalo Valley Road.

Consultant Alvin Nancy said the proposed Magnolia Ridge Apartments would have 77 units. He said the Red Bud Village apartment would include a pair of two-story buildings designed to look like townhomes.

“It would complement what we’ve already done at Hickory Valley,” Nancy said. “So, it would complement what you guys have done up here at Oak Tree Towers, so when we’re talking about coming into that community, I don’t think we’re thinking about stark differences as much as we’re seeing things that blend. Creating a neighborhood. Creating a community.”

MHM Architects Nathan Honeycutt and Chris Woodcock presented information of the neighboring complexes to the board. Woodcock said he has been in contact with the city of Cookeville about a shared water retention area that would serve both communities. He said the Magnolia Ridge design includes private spaces for the community to gather outside.

“You’ve got your community building that’s literally on access with that green space, right, and when you come in, you’re on access with that green space,” Woodcock said. “So, there’s eyes on that green space, so there’s a sense of security, but it’s also a private enough thing to where, you know, kids can go there and play. A family can have a cookout. It feels like it’s a little park.”

He said the designs for Red Bud Village are almost identical to the design that was used to build the Hickory Valley complex. The designs include two-bedroom units of 800 square feet and one-bedroom units of 650 square feet. He said keeping the buildings uniform with those that the housing authority already operates would help ease maintenance. Executive Director Dow Harris said an environmental report for the Red Bud Village has been submitted, bringing the project closer to groundbreaking.

“Our plan timeline would be late summer, early fall,” Harris said. “Which would be a good time for what civil work needs to be done, what earth work needs to be done could get in there and get it done, and we could actually see buildings coming out of the ground before winter. That would be great.”

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