Hensler unveils luxury apartment building rendering

Nashville-based developer Ray Hensler has unveiled a rendering (see below) of his proposed 23-story $80 million luxury high-rise apartment tower slated to anchor the northwest corner of 12th Avenue South and Laurel Street in the Gulch. For those who advocate height with urban buildings, Hensler's still-unnamed tower appears to be about 270 feet tall.

Hastings Architecture Associates is handling the design work. Of note, the local firm has contributed to the design of many of the city's most significant large-scale buildings completed since 2000, including, among others, Freeman Webb Co. Building, McCabe Park Community Center, Midtown Lofts, Roundabout Plaza, SunTrust Plaza and Terrazzo. In short, the always optimistic (and always successful with his projects) Hensler is working with some design pros.

Though Hensler — who could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon — has discreetly said during 2012 that his plan was to break ground by the end of the year, the Nashville Business Journal is the first to report the details and reveal the image. Speaking of which...