Smith Gee Studio is leading the master planning and architectural design for a 14 acre mixed-use redevelopment of a 100-year old industrial site between Nashville’s historic Germantown and Salemtown neighborhoods. Completed in 2015, the first phase of this mixed-use project includes a 282-unit, 3- and 4-story multi- family building on the corner of 5th Avenue and Hume Street and a 1950’s 16,000 s.f. adaptive reuse brick and bow string truss warehouse building at the corner of 5th Avenue and Taylor Street.
SGS was instrumental in facilitating neighborhood meetings, gaining community buy-in, and securing historic zoning commission approval without opposition. Occupying a parcel that originally housed a cotton mill, and throughout most of the twentieth century served as a large industrial manufacturing site for the Werthan Packaging Company, the project remediates this heavy industrial brownfield site that once bifurcated the adjacent Salemtown and Germantown neighborhoods. Now, the site knits these two neighborhoods together while simultaneously infusing a wealth of new open, green space, and public art into the site.
The Flats at Taylor Place apartment building repurposes an abundance of industrial relics salvaged from the Werthan Packaging Plant and incorporated into the design. Print rollers, gears, industrial railing, signage, oversized sliding doors and rail track that once serviced the site have been thoughtfully peppered into the outdoor plazas and courtyards, amenity spaces and signage program.
The building was inspired by the neighborhood’s history as a working class, industrial community and specifically reflects nearby industrial forms. A glass and steel amenity bridge mirrors existing conveyor bridges on site and houses the fitness center, club room and a rooftop terrace with views to downtown. All sides of the building are lined with stoops and courtyards that conceal the parking garage and meld with the historic neighborhood patterns.
The 16,000 s.f. warehouse has been repurposed as retail + office space and home to one of Germantown’s hot new eateries, Fifth and Taylor.
The project blends the old with the new, residents with community amenities and neighborhood patterns with industrial forms while tying two long-divided neighborhoods together.
“SGS has become our “go-to” architects, particularly for complex, mixed-use, urban sites. The designers at SGS are very talented and creative. They are good listeners and team players. SGS produces top-quality and timeless designs that can be built within our budgets. The cumulative value of the projects SGS is currently working on with SWHR is in excess of $160MM.”
– John Tirrill, Managing Partner