MDHA approves North Capitol project

The Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency Design Review Committee today unanimously approved plans related to a restaurant project targeted for North Capitol near Germantown.

Ronnie Wenzler, DTZ senior manager, and Tom Gibson and Allen Arender, both of Holladay Properties, own the site, on which an American foursquare former home recently was razed. Local restaurateur Miranda Whitcomb Pontes is targeting the Geist building for a new concept (read more here).

The property sits within MDHA's Phillips Jackson redevelopment district and, as such, needs committee approval of both general plan and exterior form and function. It is located within a half block of First Tennessee Park.

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.

Relatedly, the committee unanimously approved the concept plan related to Buckingham Cos.’ proposed apartment skyscraper targeted for The Gulch (read more here).


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