Members of a 50-person stakeholders group tasked with helping steer Nashville's efforts to create an inclusionary zoning ordinance will gather for the first time tonight at 5:30 at the Howard Office Building downtown. The group, which includes Metro Council members as well representatives from the development sector and housing advocates, will help gather community feedback on the goals and ways Metro Planning should consider. Consulting firm Economic & Planning Systems, which runs four offices in the western United States, is conducting a feasibility study for Metro Planning.
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Buckingham Cos.' efforts to build a tall residential tower at a prime spot in The Gulch were met with opposition from residents of the nearby Terrazzo development. A number of those people have now hired noted local real estate attorney Tom White. But that, writes Adam Sichko at the Business Journal, doesn't mean a big fight is brewing. Said White to the NBJ:
"I feel very strongly that the best advice I can give is to see if we can get some common ground," White added. "We don't intend to roll over on every request Buckingham wants. But when someone can do something as a matter of right, you want to be very careful you don't come out and oppose something that might be a more creative and better solution."
Over at The Tennessean, Getahn Ward reports that global developer and property manager Lendlease is in talks to move its offices from Midtown's Palmer Plaza to the 1201 Demonbreun building rising in The Gulch. Lendlease officials are in the market for at least a floor of the building, where the typical floorplate will be 26,000 square feet.
And lastly, the North Carolina owners of Tupelo Honey Cafe have picked Oct. 19 to open their Cool Springs restaurant in Boyle's Meridian development adjacent to Interstate 65. Tupelo Honey is setting up shop in the almost-7,300-square-foot former Bosco's space and will be able to seat 172 people inside and another 50 on a patio. The kitchen will serve up scratch-made Southern food as well as soups, salads and sandwiches. Initially, its hours will be for dinner only, with lunch starting on Nov. 2. Check out more info here.
The Metro Planning Commission on Thursday voted to approve rezoning for two key projects: The Manning at Belle Meade (read here), pictured, and Evergreen Real Estate’s townhome development eyed for the Blair and Belmont boulevards intersection (read here).
In addition, the commission voted to approve a request to revise the preliminary plan and final site plan that will allow the Metro Development and Housing Agency to undertake a four-story 68-unit apartment building at Cayce Place Apartments in East Nashville.
Brentwood commissioners voted Monday night to eliminate residential development options in the city's Town Center district, citing the need to assess the impact of about 400 units that have been completed or are now being built.
"Our infrastructure is scarce and we can't overrun it," Commissioner Mark Gorman said.
"[Brentwood] is a very special suburban city and it's a great place our residents call home ... I can't help what's gone on in Town Center. Now there are ... 403 residential units in the Town Center downtown area. It's unfortunate that it all happened with that Tapestry. Maybe some would have been okay but right now it's too late and we can't fix what's happened."
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