Germantown restaurant 5th & Taylor to open by April's end

A key pocket in Germantown is beginning to hum with activity, with the looming opening of the fast-changing area's next restaurant driving the momentum.

Chattanooga-based restaurateur and chef Daniel Lindley told the Post Monday he is “three to four weeks” from opening 5th & Taylor in Germantown.

The restaurant will occupy about 6,200 square feet of a masonry building owned by Atlanta-based developer SWH Residential Partners and called The Warehouse at Taylor Place, which is located next to The Flats at Taylor Place apartment building at 1515 Fifth Ave. N. (See the site here courtesy of Google Maps, with The Warehouse at Taylor Place in the lower right of the image.)

Lindley, a five-time James Beard Award semi-finalist for the “Best Chef: Southeast” category, will offer American fare with a regional emphasis.

Relatedly, SWH is “in discussions with several prospective tenants” for the other space in The Warehouse at Taylor Place, according to John Tirrill, SWH managing partner.

“We have not signed letters of intent or leases with any,” Tirrill said. “We have about 7,500 more square feet to lease and we’ve been taking our time. Roughly 4,500 to 5,000 could be creative office space. And for the balance of the space, we’d like to find a retail tenant that would both complement the neighborhood and Daniel Lindley.”

As to The Flats at Taylor Place, Tirrill said the building is 70 percent rented and 60 percent occupied. The team is targeting 100 percent leased by July.

To the west of The Flats at Taylor Place sits about 3.5 acres of raw land SWH owns. Tirrill said no development looms anytime soon.

“We’ve gone back and forth on it and have decided that we’re going to take a break from construction and let the [Sounds] ballpark open and some of the other developments in Germantown unfold," Tirrill said. "Then we will evaluate in a few years what we want to do with the land.

“It’s amazing how the area has changed the last three years,” he added.

Apr 1, 2015 7:00 AM

Completion date targeted, image released for Germantown project

Phoenix-based Alliance Residential Co. today announced a second quarter 2016 completion date and released a rendering for its Broadstone Germantown luxury apartment building under construction in Germantown.

The five-story building, which will offer 276 units and ground-level retail space of about 5,000 square feet (targeted for a restaurant), will be bordered by Madison Street on the north, Second Avenue on the east, Jefferson Street on the south and Third Avenue on the west. (See the site here courtesy of Google Maps.)

Texas-based Meeks + Partners is the architect.

In a release, Alliance Development Director Andrew G. Steffens said Broadstone Germantown will appeal to Nashville’s fast-growing millennial community.

“Alliance Residential is excited to enter the Nashville market with a big splash,” Steffens said in the release. “The moment a resident steps inside their new home, they will experience luxury apartment living at its finest complimented by unique and highly amenitized facilities that encourage community and activity within the Germantown neighborhood. Nashville is an important and well-known market to us, and we have gone to great lengths to create an asset that fits the fabric of this historic community.”

Broadstone Germantown will feature a swimming pool with private cabanas, in-pool lounge seating, a swim-up bar and a rooftop sky deck with views of the Nashville skyline and Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. The sky deck will offer a 4,000-square foot entertaining area with a bar, fire pit, sun deck and indoor bocce ball. At night, the space will double as a small live music venue with a stage, lighting and sound board.

Broadstone Germantown will be Alliance’s first Nashville project. The company is targeting other sites in the city — including a property on Franklin Road that straddles Berry Hill and Melrose — for additional infill developments.

(Image courtesy of Alliance and Meeks + Partners)

Mar 25, 2015 11:11 AM

Early fall opening eyed for Barista Parlor Germantown

The team behind the Barista Parlor x Germantown project is targeting an early fall opening for the café known for its artisinal coffee.

Andy Mumma, BP owner, said full rehabbing looms for the building, which is located at the southeast corner of the Fourth Avenue North and Monroe Street intersection (see here with Drum Supply House designation in an image courtesy of Google Maps).

“All I can say right now is it BPxGT will again look different [than the two existing Barista Parlor spaces] and have its own vibe,” Mumma wrote to the Post via an email message. “We'll start posting pictures and info soon on our blog and social media [sites].”

Our SouthComm colleague Dana Franklin has more here at the Scene about the project.

Mar 20, 2015 10:44 AM

Germantown-area site sells for $500K; buyer seeks developer

Local real estate investor Rusty Dunn has acquired for $500,000 a North Nashville site he hopes to pitch to prospective apartment developers, The Tennessean reports.

The 0.73-acre property is located at 1729 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. in Buena Vista and next to a parcel Dunn already owned. Dunn now controls, according to the morning daily, 1.84 acres that are located across Rosa Parks (a.k.a. Eighth Avenue North) from Germantown, a mixed-use district that ranks among the city's hottest for infill development.

See the site here courtesy of Google Maps.

Mar 20, 2015 7:00 AM

August opening targeted for Germantown eatery project

Nashville-based Fresh Hospitality is targeting an August completion for its adaptive reuse project involving Germantown’s historic Peafowl Theatre Building.

The structure will house three eateries — Cochon Butcher, Octane Coffee and Juice Bar and Little Donkey — and the company’s offices and be called Germantown Market.

Matt Bodnar, Fresh Hospitality partner, said work is now underway to overhaul the interior. The company recently landed a permit, valued at $1.7 million, for the effort.

Brentwood-based Biscan Construction is serving as general contractor, with Nashville-based Gobbell Hays Partners enlisted to provide design work.

The building is located at the southeast corner of the Fourth Avenue North and Madison Street intersection. 

“We’re very excited to be getting started on the project and can’t wait to get Germantown Market open,” Bodnar (pictured) said.

Read more here about the project and see the property here courtesy of Google Maps.

(Image courtesy of Fresh Hospitality and Gobbell Hays Partners)

Mar 17, 2015 2:20 PM

Commentary: Mainland makes wise choice with MZA

Last week’s announcement that The Mainland Companies has an agreement to buy the historic Germantown building home to Centerstone is noteworthy for many reasons, including the fact the Nashville-based company has multiple urban sites under contract and is primed to put its infill development stamp on the city.

Perhaps lost in the news (read more here) is Mainland’s enlisting Manuel Zeitlin Architects for what will be an adaptive reuse of the handsome masonry building, located at 1101 Sixth Ave. N. (See the site here in an image courtesy of Google Maps.)

Playing things discretely given it has yet to acquire the property, Mainland is not saying if the Wedgewood-Houston-based MZA will simply reinvent the vintage masonry structure’s interior or both handle that and the design of an addition (which likely would be very small given limited space considerations).

Regardless, the design firm is more than capable of giving new life to what many still call the Elliott School Building. Fine examples of MZA’s adaptive reuse work can be seen with SoBro’s Ragland Building and INK Building, additions to the University School of Nashville, and Gulch stalwarts BOHAN Building and Mercury View Lofts.

True, there are many local architecture companies that can take an existing historic structure and, whether designing an addition or not, provide a contemporary update while respecting its historic form. However, few if any do so with the same flare and distinctiveness as MZA.

Firm founder Manuel Zeitlin (pictured) declined to comment on the Germantown building project specifically. But when asked his approach to such efforts in general, he offered the following:

“In a lot of the adaptive reuse projects we’ve done, we try to get back to the heart of what a building originally was and then infuse new vitality with the creative use of space that might enable users to experience older buildings in new and exciting ways.”



Mar 9, 2015 6:45 AM

Demo underway at Germantown site slated for apartment project

Demolition is underway at the Germantown site on which Charlotte-based Proffitt Dixon Partners will develop its Fountains at Germantown apartment building.

Stuart Proffitt, company co-managing principal, said the demo of the buildings last home to R.D. Herbert & Sons and the waste removal process at the 2.4-acre site will take about four weeks, shortly after which point a groundbreaking should occur.

The project will be the first in Nashville for Proffitt Dixon, which paid $4.5 million for the property at 1407 Third Ave. N. Fountains at Germantown will include 249 units.

The Brentwood office of Birmingham, Alabama-based Doster Construction is serving as general contractor, with Synovus having provided the construction loan. Nashville-based Smith Gee Studio is the architect.

“We’re excited to be underway,” Proffitt said.

Read more about the project and see an additional image here.

(Image courtesy of PDP and Smith Gee Studio)


Mar 6, 2015 8:30 AM

Developer seeks to buy historic Germantown building home to Centerstone

Mainland to look at 'creative possibilities' for masonry structure
Mar 3, 2015 8:37 PM

Permit issued related to Germantown project

Charlotte-based developer Proffitt Dixon Partners has landed a permit related to the demolition of existing buildings on the North Nashville site on which is plans an apartment building to be called Fountains at Germantown.

Herbert & Sons Roofing and Sheet Metal Co. most recently operated from the site and recently sold to Proffitt Dixon. The latter paid $4.5 million for the 2.4-acre property, which is located at 1407 Third Ave. N. 

Environmental Abatement Inc. will handle the work, with the permit valued at $84,000.

Read more about the project here.

Feb 24, 2015 6:45 AM

Mid-summer groundbreaking targeted for Germantown apartment building

Kansas City-based developer planning to release image in May
Feb 6, 2015 7:00 AM