Summer start eyed for work at Geist site on north side

A trio of Nashville-based developers has unveiled redevelopment plans and is targeting a late-summer start for the historic John Geist property located on Jefferson Street between Third and Fourth avenues, one block north of First Tennessee Park on the southern fringe of Germantown.

As first reported by Nashville Business Journal, local restaurateur Miranda Whitcomb Pontes is targeting the Geist building for a new concept, full details of which have yet to be disclosed. 

Ronnie Wenzler, DTZ senior manager, and Tom Gibson and Allen Arender, both of Holladay Properties, own the site. The trio (which acquire the property for $750,000 in 2014) redeveloped a vacant warehouse located adjacent to (and to the east of) the Geist site. That structure is now called the BowTruss Building.

Arender, Gibson and Wenzler have tapped Berry Hill-based D|AAD to reinvent the building (sometimes called The Forge given it was used for blacksmithing) with a new structure to its west and an outdoor space to its east. Nick Dryden, D|AAD founder, will oversee that effort.

Allen said Whitcomb Pontes will take the approximately 2,000 square feet in the historic North Nashville building (see here courtesy of Google Maps), with the team seeking a second restaurant operator for a new building that will span 3,500 square feet.

As to the design of the future new building, Arrender (pictured) said the team wants a blend of contrast and cohesion. A historic replica will not be attempted.

“It will not be an attempt to match the building that exists on site but [rather] complement the existing building,” he said, adding that the primary exterior material will be brick.

Given the site sits within the Metro Development and Housing Agency’s Phillips Jackson Redevelopment District, the agency’s design review

Whitcomb Pontes told NBJ she is hoping to open her restaurant by late spring 2016.




(Image courtesy of D|AAD)



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Holladay Properties has secured a permit to begin major work on the Charlotte Avenue buildings it will market as office space to be called The Sheds on Charlotte.

The company’s Holladay Construction Group will oversee the work, valued at about $3 million. Specifically, the effort involves rehabbing the 1940s-built corrugated metal sheds, according to Allen Arrender, Holladay Properties’ Nashville-based vice president of development

“This work will continue to early summer,” Arrender said.

Located at 2200 Charlotte Avenue, the former industrial sheds will be transformed into a light-filled office and retail complex linked with courtyards. Nashville-based Tuck-Hinton Architects is handling design work.

Holladay is partnering with Cassidy Turley principal Ronnie Wenzler — known for having teamed on the local Sawtooth Building and BowTruss Building projects.

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