I’ve had a lot of requests to find information about the development that’s currently in the clearing phase on Dodson Chapel Road. If you have seen the Urban Development Overlay for the Villages of Riverwood, then you probably know that in 2004, the Riverwood Apartments were proposed to be built in that space. While this could be disconcerting for some, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
As I receive updates on what’s happening with the Riverwood Apartments, I’ll post them here.
I finally got a reply back from my contact at Metro to get a digital copy of the Grading Plan that Pat Barki snapped some pictures of a couple weeks ago. Below you’ll find a digital copy of the Final Site Plans for the apartments that includes the Civil Plans, Landscape Architectural Plans, Roadway Improvements, Architectural Plans, and Electrical Plans. Something to take note of is that it looks like this build will be done with 2 phases on the build, and a 3rd phase for what looks like might be just grading or protecting the stream buffer between the apartments and behind the homes on Stonewater Dr.
It’s also worthwhile to note that the only entry to the apartments will be via the Greenway extension (more on that in a moment), or via Dodson Chapel. From these plans, there “will not” be an entry from within Riverwood to the apartments. According to the plans, they will have their own clubhouse and pool. They will have a total of 537 parking spaces that will include 19 accessible spaces and 30 garages. This plan claims that there will be 202 one bedroom, 130 two bedroom, and 20 three bedroom units.
This proposes a link from under the overpass through to Stonewater. The trail will begin next to 1721 Stonewater Drive, extend south to the stream buffer followed by a slightly east bend, and then make a 90 degree turn up into the apartments. It will snake through Phase 2 up into Phase 1, then as it passes by the entrance with a bit of a U shaped entry, it’ll continue along Dodson underneath 40.
I spoke with the owner of the property who’s developing the apartments. It was an encouraging conversation in that he provided as much information as I could expect to get in such an early stage. He said they are intending to have around 352 apartments. Some of them will have garages and be a carriage style abode in design (basically the garage will be right under the apartment). He also is thinking they may include elevators for upper levels for ease of access.
The owner emphasized that the apartments will be higher end. Along with that, the architectural style will be higher grade cladding, including stone and brick. As a side note, he specifically stated (and I quote), “I’m intending these to be the highest end apartments in Hermitage”. And for availability, he’s hoping to break ground in the Fall. The hope is that tenants will be able to start moving in about a year later.
As for the rumours of there being shops or any other commercial activities on the first level of the apartments, this is not true. They are not zoned for any sort of commercial use. In order to add anything like that the property would have to be rezoned. The owner verified he has no intention of doing this.