Atlanta-based SWH Residential Partners is eyeing a 13.75-acre site at Germantown’s historic Werthan complex for a mixed-use development.
To accommodate the proposed development (a name for which has not been determined), three existing structures on the site will need to be razed. In addition, one is slated for partial razing and modification, and one will be rehabbed.
John Tirrill, SWH managing partner, said he will go before the Metro Historic Zoning Commission on Aug. 15 to request demolition of the structures.
“If all goes well, we would begin work on site in first quarter 2013,” said Tirrill, whose company also hopes to break ground by March 2013 on a residential building at Rolling Mill Hill. SWH, operating with sister company Chartwell Real Estate Partners, sold in January its other holdings at RMH.
Although SWH is still “in the early planning stages” with the proposed project (there are no renderings as yet), Tirrill is assembling a development team of Nashville-based entities.
Smith Gee Studio will handle architectural duties, with Littlejohn Engineering Associates to oversee engineering work and Hodgson & Douglas to serve as landscape architect. Tirrill said a bank has not been selected.
The Metro Planning Department staff has recommended the zoning commission approve razing of the buildings, noting their demolition would meet design guidelines for the Germantown Historic Preservation Zoning Overlay. The structures in question are post-1950-constructed and do not qualify for National Register of Historic Places nomination. This point is noteworthy given the overall Germantown district has multiple buildings constructed between the late 1800s and 1945.
SWH plans an adaptive reuse for the building located on the northwest corner of Fifth Avenue North and Taylor Street. In addition, a segment of an existing building (pictured here) that Werthan Packaging continues to use may be saved, though Tirrill said its long-term future use is undecided. The large building that fronts Fifth Avenue and that features the Werthan Packaging Inc. logo and lettering would be razed with commission approval.
Tirrill said SWH has yet to purchase the site from Werthan, which makes pet food bags and now operates primarily from a facility in White House, Tenn.
The SWH project would sit next to The Lofts at Werthan Mills, an adaptive reuse residential project that has been completed in phases.