Metro officials and local developer Tony Giarratana say Avenue Diner LLC, which is developing 24-hour The Diner in SoBro, have violated the conditions under which Metro approved the project by fully demolishing a masonry building that previously anchored the southeast corner of Demonbreun Street and Third Avenue, The Tennessean reports.
Ron Pursell, an attorney representing Avenue Diner, whose partners include the owners of Tootsies Orchid Lounge and Rippy’s, thinks otherwise. Read more here.
The project was approved based upon the condition that more than 50 percent of the existing (that is, the previous) structure would remain intact, Metro Zoning Administrator Bill Herbert wrote in a June 12 letter to Pursell, according to the newspaper.
Construction continues while the parties debate which Metro department has the authority to review a variance request related to downtown zoning rules.
Giarratana, who wants to build skyscraper SoBro on an adjacent site, expressed concern about the project in a June 2 letter to a Metro Planning Department official, the paper reports.
A major residential project under construction in Midtown has undergone a name change.
Being co-developed by I & G Elliston Inc. at the northwest corner of 21st Avenue and Elliston Place, the building is now called The Dallas on Elliston Place. Its previous tentative moniker was 2110 Elliston.
The project’s website notes the name is a a tribute to both the late community volunteer and women’s rights activist Anne Dallas Dudley and to the historical location on which stood her former mansion, built in 1904 and the home of Dallas Dudley, husband Guilford Dudley Sr. and their two children.
The Dallas on Elliston Place (check the distinctive website here) will offer 105 one- and two-bedroom rental apartments. The Atlanta office of Birmingham-based Davis Architects is handling the design of the contemporary building, which will be clad in a gray stucco, with a masonry base.
Chicago-based LaSalle Investment Management and Giarratana Development of Nashville are teaming on the six-story project (read more here). The site was previously home to a building accommodating a dry cleaning business.
In an email, Tony Giarratana credited Nashvillians Mercedes Jones and David Ewing with suggesting the recognition of Dallas Dudley.
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.
Read more here.