Construction is moving forward on the $5.5 million renovation of Edgefield cottages, the public housing complex for seniors at East Nashville’s Shelby Avenue and Fifth Street.
In recent weeks, work has turned more visible on the Metro Development and Housing Agency’s plan to renovate both the interior and exterior of the cottages, turning the 1960s-era homes into modern, more functional units.
The agency announced the renovation project last May  when renovation work concluded on the nearby Edgefield Manor high-rise, which the one-floor cottages surround.
MDHA officials hope to have the renovation of the cottages complete by early 2013. Dollars are carved out in MDHA’s capital fund, according to MDHA spokeswoman Terri Woodmore.
As part of the Edgefield cottages overhaul, the area will also receive new street signage, landscaping, sidewalks and seating areas. There are also plans to renovate courtyards for garden planting, including a public courtyard for recreation.
The renovation officially began last summer.