Launched in July 2017, Envision Edgehill Apartments is a planning process focused on revitalizing Edgehill Apartments (formerly Edgehill Homes). While engaging MDHA residents at both Edgehill Apartments and Gernert Studio Apartments, the planning process seeks to incorporate participation and feedback from MDHA leadership, community partners, public and private institutions, philanthropic organizations and local and state offices to create a master plan that reflects the needs of the community.
The master plan developed through this resident-led, community supported process will result in a mixed income, mixed use community, ensuring a strict one for one replacement of the existing 380 public housing units, with adding both new workforce and market-rate rental apartments. In addition, the active planning process will look to evaluate the potential for new green space and desired amenities, as well as utilize a professional market study to determine the potential for commercial and retail services.
Within the planning process, participants are invited to participate in three work groups:
People: Support positive outcomes for families who live in the target development and surrounding neighborhood, particularly outcomes related to health, safety, employment, supportive services and education;
Housing: Transform distressed public and assisted housing into energy efficient, mixed income housing that is physically and financially viable over the long-term;
Neighborhood: Evaluate neighboring initiatives to ensure access to well-functioning services, high quality education, programs and services, public assets, transportation and recreation.
Through the completion of a competitive RFQ process, MDHA has selected Barge Design Solutions (formerly Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon) as the lead firm for the master planning of Envision Edgehill Apartments. Barge will provide project management, community planning, landscape architecture and engineering services. The consultant team also includes Tuck-Hinton Architects, Pillars Development, LLC (market analysis), MEPR (outreach and community engagement) and Wilmot, Inc (sustainability analysis). The team will assist Envision Edgehill Apartments through the three phase planning process, facilitate at least three community design charrettes and assist in the facilitation of the Housing and Neighborhood Work Groups.
Salama Urban Ministries, a youth development organization serving the Edgehill community for more than 30 years, facilitated the resident needs assessment/resident survey from October through December 2017. Working with a team of eight residents from Gernert Studio Apartments, residents from both Edgehill Apartments and Gernert Studio Apartments were given an opportunity to share their thoughts, opinions, wants and needs as it relates to supportive services, education, crime, healthcare, employment and the proposed redevelopment. We are excited to report that 312 surveys were completed, with 53 percent of residents from Edgehill Apartments participating and 63 percent of residents from Gernert Studio Apartments participating. Moving forward, our institutional partner, Dr. Kimberly Bess at Vanderbilt University, will complete the analysis report. The data will serve as the basis of work for the People, Housing and Neighborhood Work Groups.