Officials representing the proposed Germantown Cohousing project will go before the Metro Board of Zoning Appeals today to request a parking variance.
Diana Sullivan, a commercial real estate broker with Franklin-based Parkside Realty and spokeswoman for the group hoping to undertake the communal living project, said the group has letters of support from the Germantown Neighborhood Association and from Metro Councilman Erica Gilmore.
“We’re required by Codes to have 30 on-site parking spaces on site,” Sullivan said of the BZA meeting. “We have 30 spaces but eight — with five in tandem — are not codes compliant.
“We have been working with architects who serve on the Germantown Neighborhood Association in an effort to come to terms regarding parking on site,” Sullivan added.
The Metro Historical Commission already has approved Germantown Cohousing, with a few contingencies.
To date, 10 parties are on board with the plan, with the group hoping to secure 10 more in what would be a 25-unit development to be located at the southwest corner of the Fifth Avenue North and Taylor Street T-intersection in Germantown. Residents will live in homes far smaller than on average, have access to a commons house and grounds, and share many items (read more here). Final design plans and unit prices are expected by Feb. 1, Sullivan said.
Brian Bowen, who lives in a co-housing development in Colorado, is the architect for the project.