Germantown site eyed for small infill project

Nashville-based Core Development Services is eyeing a boutique townhome project in Germantown that would give a nod to the commercial corner storefronts for which the historic North Nashville district was once known.

Core will go before the Metro Planning Commission Thursday, June 11, to request an amendment to the current specific plan zoning. If approved, the amended SP would allow a six-unit development. The current zoning permits four.

Core hopes to develop a building with four three-story townhomes and two live-work units. The six-unit infill project would sit at the southwest corner of the T-intersection of Taylor Street and Seventh Avenue North and across from Werthan Lofts and Rolf and Daughters. A 1960s-era triplex would be razed to accommodate the new construction.

Andrew Beaird, Core vice president of development, said a spring 2016 start is being eyed.

Beaird said the as-yet-unnamed project would feature a contemporary exterior design with the two corner live-work units to offer “kind of a commercial store-front feel.” The maximum height allowed on the site is 40 feet.

“This will be a nod to the older corner commercial spaces that were found in Germantown years ago,” Beaird said.

Core has enlisted Manuel Zeitlin Architects for design work and Barge Cauthen & Associates for land planning and engineering duties. Both entities are based in Nashville.

Beaird said the building’s exterior will be primarily brick and metal, with a material palette similar to that found at the new Werthan Lofts construction that fronts Taylor.

“The building will be a blend of contemporary and traditional architecture,” he said. “We want to relate to Werthan and Rolf & Daughters. From an architectural standpoint, that was kind of our starting place.”

Each of the six residences will have a structured garage.

“A key thing we set out to do is to have all the buildings’ residents to park onsite and not on the street,” Beaird said.

Beaird said the team is working with Metro Councilwoman Erica Gilmore, in whose District 19 the property sits, related to amending the SP zoning.

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