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Edgefield High-Rise Renovations Complete | 2011-05-28

Edgefield High-rise and Cottages Home to More than 220 Seniors
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and MDHA Executive Director Phil Ryan joined local leaders and residents Saturday, May 28 at 10:00 a.m. for a Memorial Day Open House and ribbon cutting on the newly renovated A renovated unit at Edgefield Manor.Edgefield Manor high-rise residential tower and announced another major renovation project for the Edgefield cottages. 
“Seniors who live here at Edgefield Manor now have attractive and functional units to call home,” said Dean.  “The energy saving upgrades to this high-rise will pay dividends in cost savings for years to come and will reduce the city’s carbon footprint. I’m pleased to be here today to cut the ribbon on the newly renovated high-rise and to announce that renovations to the cottages here at Edgefield will begin this fall.”
The cottages will be renovated inside and out to a more modern, functional design. New street signage, landscaping, sidewalks and seating areas will be installed and courtyards will be renovated for garden planting, including a public courtyard for recreation. Renovation of the cottages is expected to begin this summer.
“MDHA has been working for more than a decade to remake community housing in the Nashville area,” said Ryan. “From the Hope VI projects at Levy, Vine Hill, Preston Taylor, and J. Henry Hale to the renovations underway at our high-rise residences like Edgefield, our properties are more attractive, comfortable and energy-efficient than they’ve ever been.”
The $2.8 million renovation of the Edgefield high-rise was funded through a combination of federal funds, including funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The contractor for the project was R.G. Anderson Company and the architect was Hastings Architecture.
Originally constructed in 1965, nearly 190 seniors live in Edgefield Manor’s high-rise tower. Taking cues from the design and layout of downtown lofts and condos, MDHA totally renovated the units into modern, loft-style apartments that maximize the livable space and storage. The renovations also included a number of energy-saving upgrades. State of the art Variable Refrigerant Volume (VRV) heating and cooling systems replace window air units and are expected to reduce heating costs by up to 60% and cooling costs by 30%. When combined with other VRV systems in MDHA’s community housing, the agency expects to reduce carbon emissions by more than 603,000 pounds per year. MDHA also added energy-efficient appliances, low-flow water fixtures, energy efficient lighting and solar panels to the roof of Edgefield Manor. The solar installation, along with panels installed at Parthenon and Madison Towers, made MDHA the largest solar power generator in Nashville-Davidson County and one of the largest in Tennessee.
MDHA has now completed renovations to two seniors-only high-rise towers, Gernert and Edgefield. Renovations are currently underway at Parthenon Towers, Hadley Park and Vine Hill Towers.
The Metro Development and Housing Agency administers a variety of urban and community development projects, works to increase the availability of affordable housing, and leads and supports revitalization efforts in downtown and neighborhoods throughout the city.