MDHA defers vote on three-tower Gulch project

Committee also approves Germantown, Gulch, SoBro projects

The Metro Development and Housing Agency Design Review Committee deferred voting Tuesday on the site plan proposed for a three-tower project to sit on the Gulch site recognized for the building that long accommodated gentleman’s club Déjà Vu.

Austin-based Endeavor Real Estate Group, which would undertake the project, requested the deferral Monday night. The company has a contract to buy the property bordered by McGavock Street on the north, 12th Avenue on the east, Demonbreun Street on the south and 13th Avenue on the west.

Endeavor was to have requested a height variance (specifically, it will ask MDHA to extend to a greater segment of the site the maximum height of 28 stories allowable under the Downtown Code at the intersection of 12th and Demonbreun). In exchange, Endeavor would deliver a project, to be called 12th & Demonbreun, with a public plaza.

The office building (called the West Building in the info packet) could rise 21 stories on the southwest segment of the property. The residential and hotel buildings (called the North Building and the South Building) would each stand up to 28 stories and include retail spaces. The site plans show either building could go on either corner of 12th and Demonbreun or 12th and McGavock Street.

The 12-parcel site is owned primarily by local real estate investors and developers Dave Arnholt and Jim Caden. Endeavor would acquire the property from the two and from at least one other entity, according to Metro property records.

Dallas-based HKS would serve as architect.

Relatedly, Endeavor is expected to break ground by year’s end on 12th & Broadway, a mixed-use tower to feature apartments and a Whole Foods grocery and to be located at the northwest corner of the intersection from which it derives its name.

In other business, the committee approved, subject to a final approval, a Germantown residential project that has been modified.

The Mainland Cos. said the project, a combination of new construction and the rehabbing of the historic Elliott School, has changed due to market conditions.

The project (read more here) will now be undertaken in phases.

The committee also approve a conceptual plan to allow the owners of downtown-based specialty hotel SoBro Guest House to modify the existing building, a move that would yield a rooftop deck, offices and storage space. The latter two elements would be located on the east side of the property, with the rooftop deck to front Fourth Avenue South on the site’s west side.

Married couple Ann Waddey and Jack Waddey own the property, which has an address of 310 Peabody St. (Click on the above image to see a rendering.)

Powell Architecture and Building Studio is handling the design.

The team will next go before the Metro Planning Commission.

Also, the committee approved a proposal to update the outdoor space of the Watermark restaurant in The Gulch to accommodate The 404 Kitchen. The latter is slated to move from across 12th Avenue South to the Watermark space by the end of fall to the nearby 12th Avenue space soon to be vacated by Watermark restaurant.

Executive Chef Matt Bolus and his team will maintain the current restaurant space located adjacent to The 404 Hotel, according to a release. Details on that project are forthcoming. The 404 Hotel, located next to The 404 Kitchen, will remain.

Watermark, which is located at 507 12th Ave. S., is set to move by year’s end to the newly named, and nearing construction, Bridgestone Americas Tower in SoBro.

The 404 Kitchen, which operates from a converted, and very smallish, shipping container, opened in October 2013. Its address is 404 12th Ave. S.

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