Work to soon start on new Midtown Avis building

Car rental business moving to make way for Giarratana project

Work is expected to start within the next two weeks on a new building to accommodate the Midtown location of Avis — a project that is being dictated, in part, by the future construction of a mid-rise apartment tower.

Michael D. Shmerling & Co. LLC owns the .21-acre site, the address for which is 1803 Church St., on which the vehicle rental business building will be constructed.

This week, the Metro Codes Administration Department issued a permit, valued at $71,462, to allow construction of the Avis building. Nashville-based MTLC Inc. will serve as general contractor.

Manuel Zeitlin Architects is designing the one-story structure for the site.

Once the building is finished (likely by September), Avis will move from 1816 Church St., which is owned by Shmerling entity Michael D. Shmerling Partners GP. Relatedly, the partnership will soon sell to Giarratana Development, which plans a 17-story building to include retail space and 238 apartments. Giarratana Development has the site under contract and will demolished the current Avis building and an adjacent structure last home to a gas station and convenience market.

Tony Giarratana, Giarratana Development founder, told the Post recently his goal is break ground no later than the first quarter of 2015 and that a year’s end start is possible.

Shmerling is chairman of XMi Holdings, parent of XMi Commercial Real Estate.

“[Avis] is looking forward to getting started as soon as possible to make way for development on the other site,” said Henry Menge, managing director and principal broker with XMi Commercial Real Estate.

Read more about the move and the Giarratana project here and here.