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Five Benefits for Buying New Construction

Categories: News | Posted: March 1, 2017 | Comments Off on Five Benefits for Buying New Construction

Outdated building codes, exorbitant remodeling costs, and lack of square footage are just a handful of the negative features associated with older homes.

New construction offers abounding opportunities and benefits. Today, we are exploring five benefits for buying new construction.

Modern Layout
US homes are 1,000 square feet larger than in 1973, offering numerous opportunities for luxurious modern features. Today’s homeowners enjoy a master suite with an en-suite bath, additional bedrooms and bathrooms, and a modern open layout.

Present-day homes are designed with the family in mind. Open floorplans allow for ease of entertainment, as guests can move from the kitchen, to the living room, opposed to being closed off in “formal” rooms.

Lower Operational and Maintenance Cost
New homes allow you to move in, knowing that key features are incorporated to save money on operational and maintenance cost.

The average remodeling cost is $36,000, but can be upwards of $100,000. New homes are move-in ready and do not require costly updates.

Regent Homes EnergySmart program ensures homes exceed building and energy codes, and reduce energy usage and water consumption. Advanced construction materials are used to create a healthier, quieter home for you and your loved ones. The result – a durable, sustainable, and cost-effective home that allows you to spend more time enjoying your new home.

Lower operational and maintenance costs will save you both time and money, two of your most valued resources.

Safety
A primary concern of families is safety. Buying new allows you to rest assured that your new home is up to code, built with new quality building materials, and free of harmful materials.

New homes allow you to start fresh, instead of moving into a home filled with unknown history. New homes provide a safer and healthier environment.

Warranty
New homes are an investment, which is why your new home’s warranty is one of your greatest assets. Everything in your home will be brand new, providing you with peace of mind.

Here at Regent, we provide a 1-year builder warranty which includes structural defects and defective materials which are not apparent upon your inspection prior to closing. The warranty is also extended to cover common construction deficiencies that can occur.

Regent Homes also offers an optional 10-year structural warranty through the Bonded Builder Warranty Program.

Many products in your new Regent home will also include manufacturer’s warranties, protecting your investments in the years to come.

New Community
New construction lends the opportunity to live in the best new communities. Whether you are seeking the perfect walkable community, or desire a modern family-friendly neighborhood, new construction allows you to take your pick.

Regent Homes builds in a number of communities, providing the perfect community that will meet all of your needs.

If any of these benefits interest you, a new home may be best for you. Interested in exploring your options? Visit our www.RegentHomesTN.com to learn more about our homes and communities. We offer the perfect home that will meet all of your modern desires.

Publix Is Coming To Berry Farms Summer 2016

Categories: Berry Farms, News, Williamson Co. | Posted: June 25, 2015 | Comments Off on Publix Is Coming To Berry Farms Summer 2016

Publix at BYDeveloper Boyle Properties announced this week that the grocery chain Publix will open a store in the Berry Farms community. The construction will begin this fall with an expected opening in Summer 2016. Berry Farms’ residents were the first to know when Publix shopping bags were hung on every front door in the neighborhood Tuesday morning.

“Publix will be a wonderful addition to Berry Farms,” said Jeffrey Caruth, Regent Homes sales representative. “Publix will add to the vitality of this traditional neighborhood development and provide a great convenience for residents.”

Publix will open the new 46,000 SF grocery store in Berry Farms at the corner of Lewisburg Pike and Goose Creek Bypass. It will be within walking distance for the residents.

Berry Farms is a 600-acre mixed-use development with a great location. It has all the benefits of an urban lifestyle and the added benefits of a suburban setting in Franklin Tennessee.

MTSU Construction Management Team finished in 8th place

Categories: News | Posted: February 5, 2013 | Comments Off on MTSU Construction Management Team finished in 8th place

PHOTO: MTSU’S 2013 competition team members include, from left- Jared Newell, Kyle Wix, Kelvin Owens, Andraus Hill, Jason Harrison and Brad Johnson.image-2

MURFREESBORO — MTSU’s Land Development/Residential Building Construction Management team finished eighth out of thirty-one teams in the construction management competition held January 22-24 at the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. MTSU’s team placements over the last ten years include finishing in the top ten nine times with seven of the nine being in the top five, with first place finishes in 2007 and 2012.

In this year’s competition, students were given 118-acres to develop, including an existing rock quarry to develop on the banks of Utah Lake in Saratoga Springs, Utah. The competition was judged by a panel of four people with varied backgrounds in the construction industry who were acting as potential project investors. Each team made a fifteen minute presentation of their proposal followed by a fifteen minute question and answer session. The panel determined which team had the most complete and financially viable plan. On the average each MTSU team member spent 300- plus hours completing their project booklet. The project booklet included financial figures, market analysis, sales strategy, scheduling, estimating, infrastructure/house plans, sustainability, cash flow and a management approach for the project.

Jason Harrison, MTSU Team Leader, was quoted saying “As far as I am concerned, being a part of the Residential Construction Management Competition (RCMC) this year has been one of the most influential aspects of my entire college career. Over the past few months, I have expanded my knowledge in many areas that are covered in the MTSU Construction Management program, both technical and interpersonal. While the CM curriculum is designed to prepare us for construction operations post-graduation, the competition gives those who are willing and fortunate enough to be involved, real‘world application of the topics learned in class. The last, but critical element of the local RCMC process is composed of willing students that are enthusiastic about construction.”

Our Land Development/Residential Building Professors were extremely influential as the team progressed through the competition project. This was exceptionally true for this year’s team, as we were all new to the competition. Team coaches and professors sacrifice personal time to prepare and guide competition team members, and were directly responsible for ensuring collaboration with the next essential component of this process – industry. Individual industry leaders and professors took time to go over ideas and questions MTSU‘S Competition Team had. Based on the questions asked appropriate feedback was provided by both industrial leaders and professors.”

“The competition is designed to give students the opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom to a real construction project by completing a management project proposal,” said Dr. David Hatfield, professor and head of the Land Development/Residential Building Construction Management and the Electrical Construction Management concentrations. “It is truly a tribute to our program and our students to perform so well at the national level,” said Dr. Walter Boles, chairman of Engineering Technology Dept. at MTSU.

“Our students did a great job at demonstrating their knowledge and skills in estimating, scheduling, safety, construction management, and building construction,” said Dr. Bud Fischer, Dean of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences. “This competition is a valuable “hands-on” learning experience that allows our students to see how all of these components come together as part of a construction management project.”

Leaders in the local construction industry recognize the importance of this competition and the Construction Management program at MTSU as evidenced in their comments after the competition. David L. Hughes, chairman of the board of advisors for the Land Development/Residential Building Construction Management concentration, says MTSU ranks “among the elite programs in the nation. The competition . . . is a real-life situation that we do every day in our industry . . . If this was a nationally recognized sport, MTSU would be in the hall of fame.” After learning of the team’s accomplishment, Mark Lee, a member of the board of advisors for the program and president of Murfreesboro-based SEC Inc., said via email, “The MTSU Land Development/Residential Building program continues to successfully train its students to compete on a national level. These young men and the university should be proud of their impressive accomplishment. They have shown they are well equipped to enter the construction management workforce and we are proud of them as well.”

Ross Bradley, vice president of development at TDK Construction and a member of the board of advisors for the Land Development/Residential Building Construction Management concentration, spoke about the importance of the concentration to leaders in the industry throughout the area with the population continuing to grow in Rutherford County. “Every 10 years, the Murfreesboro population almost doubles,” he went on to explain that the competition provides students with real-world experience and shows them the big picture. The recent boom in the industry has caused more demand for workers, leaving companies with a high demand for employment. “At the end of the day, there’s going to be a shortage of good folk,” said Bradley. “We need good guys to fill those shoes.”

MTSU’s program is affiliated with the Rutherford County Home Builders Association, Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee, Home Builders Association of Tennessee and the National Association of Home Builders.

Lenox Village plan nets AIA design Award!

Categories: News | Posted: March 1, 2006 | Comments Off on Lenox Village plan nets AIA design Award!

Lenox Village nets an AIA Merit Award for overall design from the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Member firms of the local AIA chapter submitted thirty four entries in the built and unbuilt categories. Eight projects were awarded in the divisions of honor, merit and honorable mention as judged by the Baltimore Chapter of the AIA.

Unsprawl Case Study Features Lenox Village

Categories: News | Posted: November 1, 2004 | Comments Off on Unsprawl Case Study Features Lenox Village

Lenox Village, Nashville’s first full-scale traditional neighborhood development, is nestled among wooded hills south of Nashville, Tennessee. The 208-acre development patterns itself after the traditional small Tennessee town, with a village commons, a variety of housing types in a predominantly Southern vernacular (ranging from apartments and condominiums to custom homes), and a mixed-use commercial area bridging the primarily residential portion of the neighborhood with the commercial corridor along Nolensville Road.

By turning an environmental constraint – a manmade farm pond that became habitat for the endangered Nashville crayfish – into an opportunity, by subsequently restoring the pond into its natural stream and mitigating riparian habitat for the crayfish, Regent Development, Inc. created a unique nexus between the built and natural environments.

Lenox Village, now about one-third complete, has already garnered regional praise. In January 2004, the Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee awarded city and Lenox Village representatives, including Regent president David McGowan, its Smart Growth Award. In 2002, the New Urbanist development won the AIA Merit Award for overall design from the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Sales have been brisk, both because the detached and attached homes are affordable, and because the neighborhood’s design, amenities, and accessibility offer an alternative to suburban development elsewhere in the area. “The idea that homes should be designed only for a family with two kids, a dog and an SUV only represents 30 percent of the market,” said developer David McGowan. “Lenox Village provides quality, affordable housing choices for people of all income levels and ages, as well as an important village retail center.” In the first year and a half, over 200 homes sold, and construction of the retail center is just beginning.

Nashville mayor Bill Purcell sees an even larger significance. Accepting the Lenox Village Smart Growth Award, he said, “Today, I receive this award for what it means to this neighborhood, Lenox Village, and all that it stands for. You have many thanks for what you have done but more importantly the model that this provides for what we can do in this city and ultimately as a model for the country. As I look out all I really see is blue sky.”

Fundamental, and Fundamentally Sound, Design

With a statewide planning law that ordered its cities and counties to set 20-year coordinated urban growth boundaries, and the Nashville Planning Department’s goal of reshaping regional planning policy by emphasizing design and community participation in new development, the framework for creating Lenox Village was in place.

Still, “It was very expensive because we basically had to develop a code” to enable the neotraditional design, said McGowan. What resulted, with assistance from city planners, is the Lenox Village Urban Design Overlay (UDO), a form-based code that outlines everything from opportunities and constraints to village concepts, the physical design plan to design review. It also codifies the specific regulating plan.

The Nashville firm of Looney Ricks Kiss was hired to create the Lenox Village UDO, which was adopted by ordinance in May 2001 and subsequently amended in July 2003.

According to the UDO, Lenox Village is designed with “time-tested, traditional planning principles to provide a safe, integrated street network, neighborhood amenities and a sense of community.” Village concepts include an interconnected street grid, alleys, pedestrian orientation, formal and informal public spaces, mixed-use village core, diverse residential building types, and integrated housing typologies with compatible architectural design.

The Design Plan is a set of regulations and guidelines, yet “shall be flexible to respond to physical site constraints, end-users’ needs, community desires and a changing market.” Variations in street and open space network design, individual block layout, and dispersion of housing types are allowed, “so long that it meets the intent of the regulations and guidelines.”

The Village’s Design Plan ensures New Urbanist principles persist during design and development, and include:

  • At tee intersections, streets should terminate on axis with a primary building form or architectural feature or an open space.
  • On corner lots, architectural features should address both the front and side streets (e.g., corner porches, side porches, bay windows, etc.) and blank side walls should be avoided.
  • Key corner lots, axis terminations and other prominent residential parcels should be reserved for custom homes where possible.
  • No townhouse or single-family detached house should face directly down an alley.

Common pedestrian passages may be provided between parcels to allow exterior access from front to back of townhouses.

Design elements across the neighborhood include five-foot-wide sidewalks separated from narrow streets by landscaped strips, street trees, decorative lampposts, and underground utilities. Streets are public while alleys are privately maintained.

Affordable, Neotraditional Housing

At buildout, Lenox Village will have from 1,200 to 1,400 units of housing, ranging in price from $90,000 to more than $300,000, and ranging in type from condominium to attached townhome, rear-loaded detached single-family home to front-loaded detached single-family home (on periphery only). The UDO permits up to 900 attached and detached single-family residences, up to 500 multifamily residences, and provides no limit for the number of live/work units. Condominiums and attached townhomes have been big sellers early, since they are among the most affordable products of their type in the area. Multifamily housing is “intended to provide an opportunity for a more inclusive community. The desired goal is for renters to purchase property in the UDO over a period of time,” according to the Design Plan. Custom homes are also available.

Detached single-family homes are predominantly two-story, many with six-foot deep porches, high ceilings, tall windows, and classic architecture. Homes may include sunrooms and lofts, and feature both attached and detached garages. Foundations are raised from 18 to 24 inches above sidewalk level to provide a bit more privacy, as front yards are shallow.

Up to 25 percent of the detached homes and attached townhomes can have above-garage carriage units, limited to 600 square feet of conditioned space, which may serve a variety of uses, such as office, private guest quarters, exercise room, and granny flat.

Home designs are regulated by the Village Design Codes, part of the UDO.

Mixed-Use Village Core

According to Lenox Village marketing materials, “The Village Center is designed for a mix of activities that you would expect to find in a small town, so that its residents can perform many of their retail, commercial, civic and social activities in a convenient, accessible, central place.” Architecture likewise respects that of a small Tennessee town, using authentic materials such as brick and stone on the facades and steps, and metal roofing on the stoops and porches. The Design Plan also provides for a vernacular for shopfront signage.

The Village Core’s design, as outlined in the UDO, is that it is “situated in such a way that creates convenient automobile access for the entire community while allowing residents from the village and other adjacent neighborhoods to walk to neighborhood retail and services.” Most of Lenox Village’s residential areas are within a quarter-mile of the commercial area.

In addition to neighborhood commercial services such as a cafe, deli, restaurant, barber shop, local grocery, drugstore, and small offices, the Village Core is designed to accommodate multifamily housing, as well as live/work units. Respecting the transect of the neighborhood’s small scale, taller and more compact multifamily apartments and condominiums are located adjacent to commercial uses. Attached townhomes lead from the Village Core into the less dense residential areas of the neighborhood. Construction on the commercial area will begin in fall 2004, and is expected to be complete witin four years.

All street facades within the commercial portion of the Village Core are designed to be comprised of storefronts. Parking is internalized both to the main Nolensville Road and the streets and residences within the neighborhood. Landscaped passages will be provided between buildings to provide access from rear parking areas to the building fronts.

Additional live/work units are located along a small, horseshoe-shaped neighborhood green, overlooking the stream and within the Village’s second addition.

Open Space and Habitat Restoration

When creating a vision for the site, the design team realized that “the two major form-givers to the site are the wooded hillsides and the stream that feeds the pond.“ The Lenox Village UDO explains that “the wooded hillsides create a backdrop for the village to the east, form a buffer between the village and future development to the east, and provide habitat for wildlife. Existing rock outcroppings and large boulders provide opportunities for discovery within this natural sanctuary.”

It continues: “The stream bed acts as a natural focal point from all sides of the site. A tributary to Mill Creek, the stream provides a continuous public amenity with the potential to connect to the planned Mill Creek Greenway. Access and views down to this green spine become a major determinate of the street, lot, and block orientation.”

In order to take advantage of and actually enhance this “amenity” – by removing the manmade, five-acre farm pond and rebuilding the stream – Regent Development was required to develop a habitat conservation plan describing the mitigation and minimization measures it would undertake to address the effects of the development on the Nashville crayfish. These endangered crayfish are limited to the Mill Creek watershed, taking cover under flattened limestone slabs and other rocks of the gravel and limestone bedrock substrate of Mill Creek and its tributaries.

Once the habitat conservation plan was complete (see sidebar), and a public involvement period ended, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a federal incidental take permit, pursuant to the Endangered Species Act. The 15-acre, stream-oriented greenway now serves as the predominant natural focal point of the community.

In addition to natural open space such as preserved hillsides and mitigated streamway, Lenox Village incorporates a hierarchy of more formal public spaces. The Village Green is a formal park near the Village Core that hosts a pavilion, used as the neighborhood’s primary outdoor gathering place. The Green includes public art such as a bronze statue of a child climbing a water spigot, flower gardens, and grass lawns. The Village Commons is set between Nolensville Road and the commercial area. Like the Village Core it is a formal park, but does not feature a pavilion or other large structure.

Neighborhood greens and other pocket parks are distributed throughout the neighborhood, often sited at the termini of streets, or along the streamway. These feature lawns and at least one tot lot so far.

Additionally, Lenox Village features a network of sidewalks and pedestrian paths throughout the neighborhood. The pathways also connect with adjacent neighborhoods.

Lenox Village in the Regional Context

The metropolitan Nashville region, like many burgeoning regions across the country, is at a critical point in its continued growth. While Tennessee has landmark smart growth legislation, and some mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented projects like Lenox Village are finding success, the challenge remains.

In June 2004, however, the metropolitan governance organization, Nashville Metro, received some good news: It was awarded a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to receive technical assistance from the Smart Growth Leadership Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that works with municipalities and regional organizations to comprehensively update existing subdivision and zoning standards. Their goal, overall and for the Nashville metropolitan region in this case, is to make the new standards “compatible and conducive to smart growth.”

A team of three professional planners will help the region “weed through a thicket” of outdated codes to create policy and regulation frameworks, review processes, and design standards.

Lenox Village plays a part because, as much as it is a successful community for the developer and its residents, it is also a showcase for the entire metropolitan region. More specifically, developer David McGowan’s experience is helping to define a new zoning district that will make it easier for developers to create traditional neighborhoods in Nashville and, when others follow suit, across the region.

“Our goal is to provide housing, transportation and development choices for different needs and life stages,” said Metro Planning Department director Rick Bernhardt. “To do so fairly and equitably, we must level the regulatory playing field and make it just as easy to develop a community with a mixture of retail, restaurants, townhomes and single-family homes as it is to build the conventional, single-use subdivision.”

A traditional zoning category would help alleviate the costs and time involved in developing New Urbanist communities. Lennox Village cost about 20-25 percent more than a standard subdivision would have just for planning, and the process took much longer, according to McGowan.

“I highly recommend the city look into creating a zoning category called a TN (Traditional Neighborhood) or TND (Traditional Neighborhood Design) zone that someone can adopt and that would allow them to work on a property,” McGowan concludes.

Until then, Lenox Village continues to build out using its urban design overlay a code for the neighborhood, a model for the region, and a vision for community “unsprawl.”

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Local Developer Receives Friendly Street Award

Categories: News | Posted: October 26, 2004 | Comments Off on Local Developer Receives Friendly Street Award

Walk/Bike Nashville has chosen local developer David McGowan as the recipient of the 3rd Annual Friendly Streets Award. McGowan developed Lenox Village on 200 acres of land in southern Davidson County. Rather than segregating land uses and housing types, Lenox Village boasts a mix of housing with sidewalks, front porches, and common areas known as village greens. A retail area is also located within easy walking distance of all the residences. “Mr. McGowan is a true pioneer in this type of development” says Walk/Bike Nashville president Glen Wanner. “Lenox Village clearly demonstrate how walking can be pleasant and convenient in a modern subdivision.”

Also receiving the Friendly Streets Award is retired Metro Health Employee Nancy Nace who helped launch Walk Nashville Week now in its 7th year. This year the event is expected to draw thousands of school children participating in Walk to School Day. Other events include Walk to Lunch, Walk to Work, and Walk for Active Aging. Nace served on the Community Health and Wellness Team, Walk/Bike Nashville, and worked to secure a $200,000 grant for Nashville to promote active living.

Both awards will be presented at 5:30 on Thursday, October 7th at the Downtown Partnership (Commerce and 4th Ave). The featured speaker will be Ed Cole, Chief of Environment and Planning at TDOT, who will discuss how TDOT plans to take a new look at the oldest mode of transportation. Bicycling and transit will also be in the mix as TDOT develops a multi-modal plan for the next 20 years.

 

Krebs: ‘Smart Growth’ Considers Those Without Kids

Categories: News | Posted: January 23, 2004 | Comments Off on Krebs: ‘Smart Growth’ Considers Those Without Kids

Recently I had a conversation with my brother, David McGowan, a Brentwood resident and real estate developer/builder who was the recipient of a 2003 Smart Growth award that recognized the positive impact of his Lenox Village community. This is Nashville’s first revival of Traditional Neighborhood Design (TND), and it’s located in south Davidson County near the border of Williamson on Nolensville Road.

Lenox Village and Southern Land Co.’s Westhaven in Franklin are the only Traditional Neighborhood Developments in the Nashville and surrounding area. What qualifies these developments as ”smart growth”?

”Last year we started 133 homes on 20 acres of land. Within 12 months, they have all sold and are in the final stage of construction. Now, you take Brentwood – it would take 133 acres to achieve 133 homes, and in Franklin it would take 60 acres,” McGowan said.

Why is that significant? According to McGowan, it is significant for several reasons: management of resources, tax revenue versus the cost of providing city services, and lifestyle choices.

The cost of providing services to a home on one acre is a lot higher than the cost of providing services to three homes on acre. ”With computers, today governments are able to calculate and know the cost of what is takes to provide city services based on road frontage,” McGowan said.

He predicts that cities will use that data to collect additional revenue based on the cost of maintaining roads, water and sewer lines and other services like fire and police protection, because the relation of the property tax collected is not proportional to the cost of providing the services to that home.

The cost of providing services and use of natural resources is one reason cities like Orlando have set minimum density standards instead of the maximum standards common to Williamson County. ”If a developer in Orlando wants to only develop a half-acre lot community, he would have to buy credits to provide higher density elsewhere or incorporate higher density somewhere into the development’s design,” McGowan said.

The other factor to smart growth is product diversity. When people think about homes, they automatically think about families, but that is not the case anymore. Appearing before the city of Brentwood Planning Commission last month, Tim Downey of Southern Land Co. told the city that in America today 70% of home buyers do not have children under the age of 18 living at home.

”The idea that homes should be designed only for a family with two kids, a dog and an SUV only represents 30% of the market. The other 70% is made up of older, empty-nest couples, gay couples and singles,” McGowan said.

These home buyers do not necessarily want to live in a large-lot, family neighborhood. In Lenox Village, many buyers have come from large Williamson County homes seeking to change their lifestyle to eliminate yard maintenance. Some Williamson county residents are buying homes for their parents or children because of affordability, according to McGowan.

Smart growth is about providing a multiple of housing products for multiple income levels where buyers can live together as a community, according to McGowan. The traditional subdivision is more about segregating people by income.

Williamson County has experienced exceptional growth over the past decade by attracting home buyers to our traditional subdivisions. The growth in our school system and the cost of running that school system is a testament to the success of that market niche.

Maybe now would be a good time to offset some of the cost of providing schools and services by approving communities for the other 70% of potential home buyers, those without children under the age of 18 at home – home buyers who want to live in a community because of the community itself, not just because of the school system.

Smart Growth Awards presented to Mayor and Lenox Village

Categories: News | Posted: January 1, 2004 | Comments Off on Smart Growth Awards presented to Mayor and Lenox Village

Local Home Builders Association honors Mayor Bill Purcell and Lenox Village for their anti-sprawl efforts.

The anti-sprawl community efforts of Nashville’s first neo-traditional mixed use neighborhood, Lenox Village, have been recognized in a Smart Growth Award given to Mayor Bill Purcell, Metro planning director, Rick Bernhardt, and Lenox Village president, David McGowan, at a ceremony Monday at the south Nashville development held by the Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee.

The ceremony was held in a picturesque setting at Lenox Village’s park pavilion located on the 101-acre development off Nolensville Road near Old Hickory Boulevard.

Ric Maddux, president of the Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee, siad the awards were held to recognize important steps taken by visionary leaders to positively affect the way in which various socio-economic citizens can live together in well-planned communities.

“Land is one of our nation’s most valuable resources. New urbanism is inspiring political leaders who want to solve social, economic and traffic problems while making their cities and towns more beautiful and dignified. Popular ’Smart Growth’ policies promote New Urbanism while reducing sprawl. These policies are now at the top of the agenda for the nation’s mayors and governors and we are pleased to be honoring these men today with our first Smart Growth award,” Maddux said.

In accepting the award in the park pavilion overlooking the neighborhood, Mayor Purcell said Lenox Village is an example of how together Nashville is as a city.

“Today, I receive this award for what it means to this neighborhood, Lenox Village, and all that it stands for. You have many thanks for what you have done but more importantly the model that this provides for what we can do in this city and ultimately as a model for the country. In standing here today to accept this award, as I look out all I really see is blue sky. I think that is how the home builders and all of us should feel about the potential of this city in years ahead because we are so together,” Purcell said.

Long-time builder and developer David McGowan, president of Lenox Village, LLC, said he was honored to receive the Smart Growth award for a project which has meant so much to his company and now his community. “This Smart Growth Award recognizes both the private and public sectors’ efforts to create a special place for people to live and work. Lenox Village provides quality, affordable housing choices for people of all income levels and ages as well as an important village retail center,” McGowan said.

Since opening the Lenox Village model homes in October 2002, over 200 condos, town homes and single family homes have been sold. The diverse housing is designed for various income types and ages thereby creating an authentic community.