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VOL. 130 | NO. 245 | Thursday, December 17, 2015

Board OKs New Apartments Near Tennessee Brewery

By Madeline Faber

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A plan approved Wednesday, Dec. 16, at the Board of Adjustment meeting effectively doubles the residential units in the Brewery District development.

The building going up in the Brewery District will bring 149 new units to the southwest corner of Tennessee Street and Butler Avenue.

The Tennessee Brewery development team has received Board of Adjustment approval for a 130-unit apartment building on the southwest corner of Tennessee Street and Butler Avenue.

(Daily News File/Andrew J. Breig)

The proposed building, known as Phase II of the Bottle Shop, will connect with the 19-unit Phase I between the 358-space Bottle Shop parking garage and the eastern edge of Tennessee Street.

It will also accompany the 58 units planned for the restored Tennessee Brewery and the 90 units planned in the to-be-constructed Wash House.

Effectively, the Bottle Shop apartments will wrap around the garage and obscure it from the vantage points of West Butler Avenue and Tennessee Street. The entrance will be on Mina Alley.

Developer Billy Orgel took the project before the BOA because the development exceeds residential density benchmarks and the design called for a five-foot balcony encroachment into the public right-of-way.

The proposal came with its share of criticism from residents of single-family homes, condos and apartments in the area.

The opposition cited concerns over density and the strain on Mina Alley, a two-way road which is 20 feet wide.

“Tennessee Street is not Front Street, it’s not Main Street,” one resident said.

In response, the developers cited a traffic study when the parking garage was under design that states no safety issues or congestion is expected on Mina Alley.

The original proposal called for 148 units north of the garage and 19 units in the smaller building. That was amended Wednesday to reduce the 148 units to 130 units.

“That’s the same number you have in The Lofts,” said Orgel’s representative, Michael Fahy.

While zoning laws allow for of up to eight stories, the developers agreed to make the proposed building no taller than five stories. They also dropped their request for the balcony encroachment easement.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 23 23 1,365
MORTGAGES 21 21 1,068
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 6 6 196
BUILDING PERMITS 117 117 3,173
BANKRUPTCIES 42 42 795
BUSINESS LICENSES 2 2 331
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0