An artist residence for Music City is in the works thanks to a partnership between the Nashville Music Council, Metro Development Housing Authority and Mayor Karl Dean’s office. Several cities across the country have artists residences, offering affordable housing to members of the creative community, and supporting them culturally and economically.
It remains unofficial, but MusicRow has learned that the Ryman Lofts at Rolling Mill Hill will be located downtown on Hermitage Avenue. The 60 apartment complex is being designed by Nashville-based Smith Gee Studio. Construction is set to begin in July 2011, with occupancy planned for Summer 2012. It will offer a floor-plan that is conducive to artistic endeavors, including ample common space. The one- and three-bedroom rental apartments will be easily accessible to downtown and the new greenway currently under construction on the bluff overlooking the Cumberland River.
The Hermitage Ave. location is near the one-time home of Captain Thomas Ryman, who oversaw the 1890s construction of the church which is today the Ryman Auditorium.