Wrecking ball to bring Germantown lofts

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 1:00am

Let the wrecking ball fall.

To make room for the anticipated Summer Street Lofts, demolition is slated to take place this week on a tired little Germantown building.

The current structure, which forlornly sits empty at the northwest intersection of Fifth Avenue and Madison Street, has long been an eyesore.

In contrast, the proposed project, to be developed by Germantown Partners LLC, will offer three small retail spaces and nine condominiums within two stylish brick buildings.


DA|AD, the good people who brought East Nashville the structure that is home to Sweet 16: A Bakery, are designing SS Lofts.

Germantown Partners� Scott Chambers, who teams with the classy Andree LeQuire, says the project simply awaits Metro granting a building permit.

If all goes well, work will begin in February, with residential units ready by the end of 2006 (Scott, cut me a deal on one of the residential spaces and I�ll serve as manager of the complex).

Chambers says the design of Summer Street Lofts will work nicely with that of the company�s Germantown Building, located across Fifth.

�We�re looking forward to creating some synergy with these two buildings framing the intersection,� Chambers says.

Framing is good for intersections, indeed.

G. Partners is localizing the development, starting with demolition courtesy of Strategic Environmental Contracting Inc. As general contractor will be Baron + Dowdle Construction, with Nashville Bank & Trust to provide financing.

Fridrich & Clark Realtor Richard Courtney, a gracious chap who deftly writes a real estate column for this rag, will handle sales and marketing.

A nicer Cumberland

Apartment/condo tower The Cumberland � arguably downtown�s most bland building rising 15 or more floors � is being given a desperately needed facelift.

Owner McKinney Properties Inc. has added a dark gray-brown (for you folks who known your color palette, the actual designation is �desert taupe�) to the Church Street and Sixth Avenue level exteriors of the building, with a new sign and awnings to follow.

Mark Gillespie, McKinney vice president, says Nashville-based Gresham Smith & Partners is providing architectural consulting for the updates, with Phillip Petty the lead man for the sign effort.

Good choice, as GS&P does quality work.

Word is the sign, to be manufactured by Nashville-based August Enterprises, will play nicely off the eye-catching Bennie Dillon Building sign.

�There are some historical reasons for this,� Gillespie says, adding that the new awnings will be black cloth (to replace the generic green awnings currently in place).

If all goes well, the new-look Cumberland will strike a handsome pose � something it has failed to do prior to now.

Park it

Excavation work is almost finished on the Hill Center at Green Hills parking facility. Jimmy Granbery, H.G. Hill Realty Co.�s straight-shooting CEO, says the approximately $70 million lifestyle center development is slated to be completed no later than June 2007. Originally, the project was to have been finished by April 2006.

Squarely on Harrison

The first phase of Craighead Development�s Harrison Square is fully under way east of the Bicentennial Mall at Fourth Avenue and Harrison Street. Four of the 15 condominiums, slated for completion in June, have been presold in what eventually will be a 63-unit development.

The affable Bill Hostettler, Craighead�s pointman for the project, says the units will sell for $177 per square foot (rather inexpensive by downtown standards), with the exteriors to feature pitched roofs, copper gutters and lots of brick.

Nashville-based Allard and Associates, which is perhaps best known (for better or worse depending upon whom you ask) for traditional designs, is the architect.

Finalizing 2222

Work has begun on the entrance to the 2222 Building in 12South. John Hays, chief manager of 2222 developer The Graymont Group, says the entrance � about which some have expressed concerned due to the building�s first level being well above the sidewalk � should be move-in ready by the end of February.

Hays said local architect Preston Quirk and interior designer Aimee Singelyn have collaborated on an eye-catching design that will result in an attractive street-level entrance.

William Williams writes about Nashville�s man-made environment. He can be contacted at wwilliams@nashvillecitypaper.com.

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