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VOL. 130 | NO. 167 | Thursday, August 27, 2015

One Beale, Tennessee Brewery Plans Go to Design Board

By Bill Dries

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Plans for two of Downtown Memphis’ most high-profile projects are set to go before a key development board next week.

Both the Tennessee Brewery and One Beale development teams have filed applications to be heard by the Downtown Memphis Commission Design Review Board at its Sept. 2 meeting.

A two-story addition to the Tennessee Brewery's north wing (far right) is included in plans that go to the Downtown Memphis Commission Design Review Board Wednesday, Sept. 2.

(Daily News File/Andrew J. Breig)

The massive Tennessee Brewery will add two stories to its north wing to accommodate five townhomes, according to the design review application from Looney Ricks Kiss. LRK is designing the building for 495 Tennessee LLC, headed by developer Billy Orgel.

The plans call for two stories of light-gauge metal, to be set back from the roof’s edge to minimize its visibility.

Overall, according to the application, the brewery building will include 45 residential units totaling 40,410 square feet, plus 1,413 square feet of leasing/fitness space, 7,801 square feet of office space and 4,765 square feet of commercial space.

To meet National Park Service standards for historic preservation that are essential to the financing of the project, original window openings in the brewery courtyard will be reopened. The application also includes details for the six-story Wash House, a new 70,957-square-foot building that will include 76 one-bedroom and 12 two-bedroom units.

Two other buildings were not included in the application: a four-story, 344-space parking garage and the Bottle Shop, a new building with 15 residential units and 3,447 square feet of commercial space.

The latest rendering of One Beale shows a more detailed hotel lobby between the two towers. The lobby would provide public access to the Bluffwalk and a handicap-accessible trolley stop.

(Hnedak Bobo Group)

A staff report for the skyline-changing One Beale project states the design is “appropriate for its context” because it is at the dividing line between the Downtown Core and the South Main District, though it “clearly takes its design cues more from the former than the latter.”

Carlisle Corp.’s plans for the $160 million project call for two towers atop a 641-space parking garage. The 30-story north tower would include 280 residential units and 13,200 square feet of commercial space, while the 18-story south tower would have a 255-room hotel, along with 22,000 square feet of meeting/conference space, 8,900 square feet of restaurant and café space, and an outdoor pool and amenity deck.

“The massing and scale of the building will not be out of character with other skyline-defining buildings in the Downtown Core,” the report concludes.

The location of One Beale’s loading docks and other service functions on Wagner Place is described by the review board staff as “a significant design challenge.”

“While it is not ideal to locate loading docks adjacent to a public street and sidewalk, the site affords no logical alternative for the location of the service side of the building,” the staff report concludes, adding that Wagner already functions in that way for most of the buildings on the east side of the narrow street.

The Bluffwalk pedestrian trail and a handicap-accessible trolley stop atop the river bluff would be accessible through the lobby of the hotel that serves as one of the development’s central features.

In addition to the access through the lobby, One Beale would build a set of pedestrian ramps starting at the corner of Beale and Wagner that would run parallel to Beale as a second way to access the Bluffwalk and trolley stop.

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