NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – On Tuesday afternoon, the Metro Nashville Historic Zoning Commission approved recommendations for the reconstruction of two buildings along North 2nd Avenue that suffered major impacts from the Christmas Day bombing .
Representatives of the 170-0176 Second Avenue North Rehabilitation, Demolition and Reconstruction Project have made their request to the Historic Zoning Commission. “Whenever there is a project that seeks construction, selective demolition in historic neighborhoods, the Historic Zoning Commission reviews those plans and either approves or denies. This is for the approval of the reconstruction in this historic district, ”said Dave Johnston, the manager in charge of the company working on the project.
Johnston spoke of three specific things; stabilization of buildings, reuse of salvaged materials from destroyed buildings and revitalization of this area. “We still have to go through the building permit process, but we’ve been through the historic process. I was cleared to take this road, ”said Johnston.
Going down this reconstruction road involves several things for these buildings along North Second Avenue. The requests they made, which were approved, included immediate stabilization of buildings to repair gutters, steel bracing and additional protective mortar atop the exposed masonry walls.
The reconstruction also included the demolition of 172 2nd Avenue North and the selective demolition and reconstruction of the First Avenue facades for 174 and 176 2nd Avenue North using existing materials and the selective demolition of the side walls of 170 and 174 Second Avenue. North.
“Preservation is really important. We are in a historic district. So as much as we can save from these buildings, the better. Second, it is the character and the atmosphere that we want to create. that’s the value, ”said Johnston.
Other businesses on 2nd Avenue are supporting the upcoming changes to these heavily damaged buildings. “I think it’s good that they are bringing new things while maintaining the historic property, because I would hate to see all those beautiful buildings out there disappear and be leveled. I think it will probably breathe new life into the city we have been missing since last Christmas and it will be generally positive for businesses, ”said Niko Santiago, director of The Stillery.
“I support the demand from building owners. We have full confidence in David Johnston, the team and the owners. They have demonstrated throughout the cleanup and demolition process that they are determined to bring 2nd Avenue back to life with its character and history intact and enhanced, ”said Betsy Williams, Music Suites, North Second Avenue. .
The end goal of the reconstruction plan for 170-176 Second Avenue North includes a new pedestrian link between Second Avenue and First Avenue. “Hopefully we end up with a hotel and that really starts to liven up and activate the northern part of Second Avenue,” said Dave Johnston, the manager in charge of the company working on the project.
Johnston said their next step after Tuesday’s approval from the Metro Nashville Historic Zoning Commission is drawing and engineering, but they are still expected to appear before the Historic Zoning Commission.
“To build the building, we have to get the design approved. Thus, the materials we use, the rhythm of the openings, the scale of the openings, the proportion of all the rooms, all of this must fall within the guidelines of historical preservation. So they will have another chance to see it, ”said Johnston.
Johnston said it will probably take 2 years before this is done.
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