Monday, March 10, 2008

What Now?

There's no denying that whatever occurs at the corner of 46th and Charlotte Avenues will either make or break plans to revitalize this district. The congregation is back to square one in their search for a new buyer - one that could possibly preserve the structure or build anew.

Fortunately if they choose the latter, the UZO that is already in place will appropriately guide potential developers to ensure their proposed project adheres to the existing urban fabric.

Nancy DeVille, reporter for the Tennessean, wrote a follow up story in today's issue. A lot of questions surround the property and what will now go in it's place. Developers are showing interest, but the challenge is finding an operator/franchisee/tenant who would lease the space in the event of an adaptive re-use.

If you have an idea for what you think would work on this corner, please leave a comment.


Anonymous said...

Before I throw out a 'realistic' idea - few questions that you may have answers to: 1. Has the building been kept up to date (electrical, sprinklers, roof, plumbing)? 2. If want to re-use the 'historic' front, is it up to current codes? 3. What part of the building is preferred to be kept from demolishing - front only, steeple only? 4. Why all the 'community interest' (8+ people) now...building has been there for YEARS and no one cared or gave any input or finanical help. Thank you.

chris said...


thanks for your comment. unfortunately i cannot answer your questions with any real sense of accuracy. (1) Judging from some of the comments made from members of the congregation, the church needs a lot of updating as far as infrastructure goes (electric, plumbing, etc.). (2) I am not sure which codes you are referring to and I am not a codes expert. (3) As far as what parts of the building are most desirable for preservation - I would venture to guess the main church that stretches from Charlotte back to Alabama along the edge of 46th Avenue. I don't know what the condition of the funeral home is and I believe it is a tougher case for preservation since it's extreme alterations. (I believe it was originally a typical four square home that has seen a lot of cladding)

(4) I think it's apparent that the timing of the community's interest has a lot to do with the congregation looking for a buyer. A good number of residents (more than 8) were opposed to the Rite Aid proposal and only want to see smart sustainable progress at that prominent corner.

The fact that the community is currently engaged in the Detailed Corridor Design Plan for Charlotte Avenue has also drawn a lot of attention.

I hope I was able to answer your questions. I look forward to seeing your suggestion.