Council gives final approval to major Midtown project

Following the Metro Council’s approval Tuesday night, Indianapolis-based developer Buckingham Cos. is hoping to break ground this summer on its approximately $120 million mixed-used project in Midtown.

Last night’s vote, the third and final, allows for the developer to have rezoned the 1.75-acre site, which contains the parcel once home to Mario’s (lost to a fire) and structures accommodating Ken’s Sushi, Benchmark and Wendy’s. The site is high profile in that it addresses three major Midtown streets: 21st Avenue, Broadway and Division Street.

Buckingham, which is working with the LaGasse family (which has long owned the properties) and Littlejohn Engineering Associates, plans a project that will include a 19-story hotel, retail and residential space and structured parking. (See a larger image here.) James Weaver, a Waller attorney who specializes in land-use matters, said the site is worthy of a high-end project.

“Our client could not be more pleased with tonight’s vote and the reception it has received since coming to Nashville,” Weaver said. “Councilperson [Erica] Gilmore is to be commended for her leadership on this important project and everyone from the mayor’s ECD director, to the Metro Planning staff, the Planning Commission, and the fine folks at traffic and parking in Public Works have gone above and beyond the call of duty to make this project a reality. Buckingham is proud to be a part of Nashville’s future.”

Nashville-based Crain Construction will serve as general contractor for the project.