Oakland Court redevelopment plans near completion

Gray Taylor of McCarty Holsaple McCarty shows off some of the plans for Oakland Court to Carol Ghattas during the final public input session last Wednesday.

Murfreesboro Housing Authority and its consultants aim to send their plans for a revitalized and larger Oakland Court neighborhood to a state housing agency for approval and funding in early June.

MHA held the last of several sessions last Wednesday to show off its master plan for Oakland Court and gather the public’s thoughts. The plan will be sent to the Tennessee Housing Development Agency on June 4 for review and funding.

Due to changes in federal funding, Murfreesboro’s three public housing communities, operated by MHA, will be completely redeveloped over the next six to eight years, pending funding approval, the agency said in a press release.

The architectural plan presented to the public included road widths and examples of trees that will be planted along the streets and throughout the property. Residents were also updated on plans to temporarily relocate them. Once the new apartments are built, residents will be eligible to move back.

The plan calls for several steps to redevelop the public housing community. The city must rezone the property starting in June, said Margaret Butler, principal and vice president of architect McCarty Holsaple McCarty. Demolition of the 76 duplex homes would consist of two phases

The demolition of the public housing community’s 76 duplex homes will happen in two phases starting in 2020 and ending in 2023, according to the plan. A total of 150 new units will be built.

The new Oakland Park will have a more urban neighborhood feel. The apartments will have a mixture of one to five bedrooms. There will be single-family, duplex and triplex rental units in a mixture of one- and two-level designs. Buildings will be in traditional home styles such as Craftsman and Victorian, and have covered porches, Butler said.

Green space along East Lokey Avenue will open into an expanded park area around Oaklands Mansion and will include a covered pergola and a walking trail for an entrance to Oaklands Park. A community building with public space will be near Oaklands Mansion, according to the press release.

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