Founded in 2013 by Michael Kenner, MiKen Development is a neighborhood centric development company that believes in creating projects around community engagement and consensus building based out of Nashville, TN.

Contact Info

Web:   mikendevelopment.com

Email:   miken@mikendevelopment.com

Location:   1211 57th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37209

Contact:   Andrew Newby      |      Phone:    (571) 425-8479


Excellence in Development Award

for The Phoenix Development in Nashville


In 2018, Miken Development received an award for The Phoenix Development located in Nashville, TN. This particular development stood out as a pioneering, entrepreneurial effort to re-energize the neighborhood which has also resulted in the re-branding of the neighborhood which is now called, "The Nations."

It was impressive that Michael Kenner, of Miken Development, really invested himself in this project and really focused on making the neighborhood stronger while respecting the history of the community.

The Phoenix project is extremely well designed and has a great relationship to the street with parking cleverly hidden behind the project. Miken Development used the Housing Incentive Pilot Program within a couple of units to allow for greater affordability.


Another notable change to the neighborhood sprang from the ULI Event's Urban Design Forum, where Michael Kenner, along with other young leaders set off to make 51st Avenue a complete street. This change has positively affected the dynamic of the neighborhood, making The Nations a destination "where people now want to live, walk, play, eat, and entertain, all on one street," says Michael Kenner.

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The Excellence in Development Award

ULI (Urban Land Institute) Recognizes The Phoenix on 51st

The Urban Land Institute Nashville District Council has awarded eight Middle Tennessee projects with Excellence in Development awards — with 1201 Demonbreun, Bridgestone Tower, Hill Center Brentwood, Lifeway Corporate Headquarters and Station 40 winning in the private sector–large project category.

More than 650 members and guests gathered for ULI Nashville’s 10th annual awards event...

Friend of Public Space Award

Nashville Civic Design Center

In 2015 Michael Kenner received the Nashville Civic Design Center’s prestigious “Friend of Public Space Award” for his work with TURBO (Tactical Urbanism Organizers) and promotion of walkability in the urban core.


Hamilton County Herald

Holtzclaw Avenue Property to Feature Mid-Level Housing & Commercial

Michael Kenner was driving down Main Street in Chattanooga when he saw the tips of sculptures peeking over the buildings that line the Southside thoroughfare. When he turned right on Holtzclaw Avenue and saw the building that stood there, he fell in love...

Urban Land Institute

2019 ULI Spring Meeting

Following his service in the U.S. Military, Michael Kenner remained in the Seattle area to begin a career in real estate. Starting from the ground up, he spent three years finding land for other developers in Seattle before returning to his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, in the aftermath of the Great Recession, to found MiKen Development in 2013...


2019 In Charge - Development

The 2019 edition of the wide-ranging In Charge compendium of Middle Tennessee's top business, political and civic leaders is our 10th. Like those before it, it was pulled together with lots of help from our friends at the Scene and Nfocus and represents the best of the best in the Nashville area...

Chattanooga Times Free Press

Chattanooga's East Main site to hold new $40 million project

A Nashville developer is planning $40 million in new residential and retail space in one of the largest new projects to date in Chattanooga's hot East Main Street corridor...


Nashville's best-designed new developments awarded

A trucking warehouse remade into a music-education center and a commercial complex that spawned a new downtown Brentwood core were honored as some of Nashville's best new developments by the Urban Land Institute...

Nashville Developments

Treaty Oaks Cottages

Rows at the Annex

Phoenix on 51st