The Metro Planning Commission has amended the city’s downtown code in a move that could prove interesting to monitor related to future development.
Craig Owensby, Metro Planning Department spokesman, described the modifications as “housekeeping” in nature.
Among other modifications, the amended downtown code shows updated and more accurate parcel lines and also now adds reference to Metro’s major and collector street plan.
Read the code here.
Bristol Development Group continues to focus on its Bristol 12 South targeted for the Nashville district from which the project's moniker is derived. Though the Metro Planning Commission recently disapproved a rezoning that would allow the project to move forward, Bristol is working on an alternative plan, according to David Hanchrow, the Franklin-based company’s chief investment officer.
Post Managing Editor William Williams recently caught up with Hanchrow (pictured) to gauge his thoughts on the effort (see an image and read more here).
Many 12South-area residents and business owners have voiced concerns about Bristol 12 South as previously proposed, with a key being the overall height (four stories) and massing of the original iteration. You altered that design with a more modest segment of the building rising four floors and the structure, as such, playing more so like a three-story building. Then you changed to a three-story building only. That plan had the support of the Metro Planning department staff and many neighbors. Plus it and met the standards of the urban design overlay proposed for 12South. Where do you stand now?
There were a number of issues at play most recently. There was still some concern from a small but vocal group of neighbors. I certainly appreciate their concerns and passion for their neighborhood. But we felt we had listened to people and had planning department staff support. Another thing working against us might have been the timing of Nashville Next, the adoption for which is pending. That combination gave a number of commissioners pause.
But we are by no means walking away from this. We will look at other options and consider comments from neighbors and planning staff and get a plan we hope will be more accepted the next go-around. We are still very engaged with the Tabernacle Baptist Church officials.
When is the latest you must close on the acquisition of the church property before the deal is dissolved?
It wouldn’t be appropriate to comment on a prospective transaction.
What is the next step?
Smith Gee Studio is our architect and Littlejohn is our engineer. We are planning to meet with the church and the design team very soon and talk about how we move forward.
If the project materializes in a new form, could the building offer retail and/or parking for non-residents?
One thing we’ve learned — and that was different from what we heard originally — is that the building needs retail. We had no retail space in the original plan because we had heard that retail would lead to parking problems on the side streets. Now we’re hearing most folks want retail. Whatever we do in the next proposal will most likely have a retail element to it.
Could the building offer condos?
That is a market-driven question and we will keep our options open. Condo construction financing is hard to obtain and, given the apartment market, we feel confident this can be successful as an apartment project. But as any good developer would do, we are not ruling out options.
Given the setbacks, what realistically is the earliest a demolition and groundbreaking could take place?
We are not going to submit a new plan before Nashville Next is adopted (expected this summer) and we’ve had a chance to review the Nashville Next suggestions for the area.
Today’s Metro Planning Commission meeting will involve votes on a handful of proposed projects.
Perhaps the most significant is a two-story office building Towery Development is targeting for Music Row (read here).
In addition, the commission will vote on a change to the downtown code related to Jefferson Street, an urban design overlay for the site of what was to have been Village of Riverwood and on a rezoning to allow for 26 cottage-style residences on Hart Lane near Madison.
The meeting starts at 4 p.m.
Check back with the Post Friday for results.
Nashville-based Pinnacle Hospitality Partners is targeting two hotels for the Music Valley area near Opry Mills and will request the Metro Planning Commission revise its zoning for the area to permit the project move forward.
Specifically, Pinnacle will request a revision to the preliminary plan related to final approval for a portion of the Music Valley Commercial Planned Unit Development Overlay located at 107, 125, 201 and 211 Music City Circle and at 2460, 2500, 2506 and 2510 Music Valley Drive (18.03 acres), approximately 1,880 feet north of McGavock Pike.
Pinnacle wants to develop a Residence Inn and a Hilton Garden Inn.
A date on which the commission will vote on the request has not been set.
The family entity hoping to develop a project 12South has received a Metro Planning Commission vote deferral regarding rezoning.
The Howell brothers, via their The Shop Trust LLC, on Thursday were to have requested the commission amend the Green Hills-Midtown Community Plan and rezone from residential to specific plan-mixed use parcels with addresses of 1109 and 1111 Montrose Ave.
The commission will now vote Thurday, Feb. 12.
If the requests are approved, the homes and the land on which they sit could eventually accommodate offices and 17 surface parking spaces (read more about the project here). Of note, the Howell brothers currently operate C.A. Howell & Co. nearby at 2704 12th Ave. S.
The Shop Trust owns the buildings from which 12South businesses Edley’s Bar-B-Que, Harb’s Oriental Rug Services, Summer Classics and 12South Dental Studio operate.
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