During a recent interview with local developer Tony Giarratana, I asked the following question for which I did not use the answer in a story about micro-housing. Finding it interesting and not wanting it to go to waste, I thought I would share.
WW: You like to push the envelope, whether with skyscrapers, having a grocery store space in a residential building (unheard of for post-2000 Nashville when you included at Viridian in the mid-2000s), using high-profile design firms based in Chicago, parterning with major equity entities, and/or, now, micro-housing. Your thoughts?
TG: It’s true that we enjoy pushing the envelope. It’s important to note, however, that many of the ideas we bring to Nashville are ideas that have been successful in other cities. When we see a successful concept, we reach out to the architects, contractors and developers responsible for them. There are many benefits to this. We learn from their experiences (a/k/a mistakes) and are often introduced to great architects, contractors and developers that we did not previously know and that ultimately partner with us to bring their concepts Nashville. The fact that an innovative and compelling concept “hasn’t been done here before” has never been a deterrent to us.
The SoBro building last home to Music City Coin is slated to be demolished to accommodate a Premier Parking lot.
Metro has issued a $13,000 permit, with Demo Plus Inc. to handle the job. The address is 200 Fourth Ave. S., and Demonbreun Street runs along the site's north perimeter. (See image below courtesy of Google Maps.)
The parcel on which the green brick building sits is part of a larger site on which Giarratana Development wants to build mixed-use skyscraper Sheet Music. Giarratana founder Tony Giarratana co-owns Premier Parking with Ryan Chapman, the parking company’s president.
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Giarratana Nashville LLC is expecting to have three general contractor companies submit bids in January related to the developer’s proposed micro-housing apartment building to be located on the northwest corner of the 22nd Avenue North and State Street intersection near Elliston Place.
Tony Giarratana, the company’s president, said his team (which includes Chicago-based equity partner LaSalle Investment Management) would like to begin on-site work by spring 2014.
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Giarratana Development is targeting a late February start on its proposed luxury apartment tower SoBro.
Tony Giarratana, Giarratana Development president, said the company has received all Metro Planning Department and Metro Development and Housing Agency approvals with the exception of the west façade of the parking structure.
“We submitted revisions two weeks ago and we hope to get approved this week,” he said. “We’ve told MDHA we can start by late February or early March.”
Giarratana Development originally had hoped to break ground by the end of 2013.
Giarratana is working with Chicago-based Magellan Development Group LLC on the 33-story SoBro, which would include 342 luxury rental apartment units, 378 parking spaces and more than 18,000 square feet of Class A, ground-level retail space.
SoBro is planned to rise adjacent to both the Encore condominium tower to the west and The Pinnacle at Symphony Place office skyscraper to the north. The building would be bordered by Demonbreun Street on the north, Second Avenue on the east and Third Avenue on the west.
The development team has enlisted Chicago-based Loewenberg Architects to handle design work.