by Emily Luxen
BERRY HILL, Tenn. – Metro Nashville's smallest satellite city is growing in a big way.
Berry Hill has seen a recent boom in new apartments and businesses that are energizing the city. Apartments are popping up in the hundreds along Franklin Pike. City Manager Joe Baker said more apartments are planned for the old Thoroughbred Motors site on Franklin Pike.
The Melrose, located in the historic Melrose theater location on Franklin Pike, officially opened Tuesday. It features 220 apartments, retail space, and three restaurants. Developers said the location was perfect.
“We pride ourselves on this project starting a revival and encouraging people to look at this area and see what it has to offer,” said Joe Parkes, President of Melrose Partners LLC.
“Our leasing office has been open three months and we’ve already leased over 100 units,” added Ed Fulcher with Fulcher Investment Properties. “ We’ve had 50 residents move in. This will really transform the Berry Hill area.”
As new residents move into the new apartments, the city’s population is expected to double. Mayor Beth Sartain said while the city is only one square mile in area, it offers big advantages to residents.
“We have our own police department, and are a safe community” said Mayor Sartain. “We have four city parks in our small area, there is always something to do and the people are great.”
Sartain said she expects the building boom to continue, as new developers continue to express interest in moving to the city.
“Everybody who moves to Berry Hill loves it,” said Mayor Sartain. “They wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
At The Melrose, all of the retail space has been leased, and new businesses are expected to move in over the next three months. The first of three restaurants, Sinema, will open this Summer.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org