The Cleo Welcomes Residents

This month the first tenants will be moving into The Cleo, the latest development in East Nashville’s luxury apartment renaissance.

The building, occupying 4.66 acres at 1034 W. Eastland Avenue, will house 291 units including one and two bedroom apartments and studios. Amenities include a pet spa, bocce court, soundproof music studio, and free bike share. The building also has commercial space with potential for restaurants and boutiques, though no businesses have been confirmed.

Though move-ins will begin this month, construction will not be fully complete until mid-June, according to Birmingham-based LIV Development, which began work on the project in 2015.

Long-time residents may know that the site was formerly home to the Nashville Rehabilitation Hospital, owned and operated by Sophia’s Heart, a non-profit provider of transitional housing. It was purchased by LIV Development for a reported $5.9 million, or about $29 per square foot.

“The project name was derived in part from Cleo Miller, the doctor who built the original hospital on the site,” Tammy Yeargan, director of marketing for Fogelman Management Group, which will manage the property, said. “Dr. Cleo Miller was a Vanderbilt graduate and was known for doing a lot to help the local community here in Nashville.”

Some East Nashville residents may be concerned that such a property will threaten the small, local businesses and unique flavor that makes the neighborhood distinct from downtown. The Cleo is in walking distance of Barista Parlor, Porter Road Butcher, and The Groove. It’s a concern that the developers want to dispel.

“East Nashville is authentically Nashville and we want our residents to support the local flavors, hidden hangouts, and unique ships that call East Nashville home,” Yeargan said. “The developer wanted to really embrace the character of the eclectic neighborhood and placed a significant concentration on the architecture and interior design. We want The Cleo to be a development that our neighbors are proud of.”

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