Giarratana pays $12M for site set for tower


A groundbreaking looms for a downtown mixed-use tower planned for Church Street following Nashville-based Giarratana LLC having paid $12 million for the site.

To be called Prime (previously known as 801 Church), the 38-story tower from Nashville-based Giarratana LLC will have 350 residential units and two retail spaces (one each at Parks and Church and at Ninth and Church, respectively), according to a document. The address is 801 Church St., at the intersection with Rosa Parks Boulevard and with Nashville Yards unfolding nearby.

Chicago-based Speedwagon Properties was the seller of the three-parcel property. It paid $13.75 million for the unimproved site, which covers 0.43 acres, in June 2018 in a deal that also included property at 814 Church St., home to the art deco Mastrapasqua Building.

Led by founder Tony Giarratana, Giarratana LLC previously landed from the Metro Planning Commission eight floors of bonus height that were transferred from the development company’s nearby Cohen Building. The company preserved that historic building, in part, so as to capture the bonus height. (Read more on that here.)

Of note, Prime is being designed by Chicago-based Goettsch Partners, which has designed Giarratana LLC’s 34-story Alcove tower (formerly called 900 Church) now under construction. The Prime project takes some design cues from the latter.

Prime will feature a 511-space parking garage (with access from both Rosa and Ninth) and a lobby facing Church. The two retail spaces will offer a collective 2,645 square feet.

At approximately 430 feet tall, the building would rank among Nashville’s 10 tallest if standing today. It will sit next to a modernist building home to The Westview condominiums. At one time, a one-story parking structure operated from the site.

“The Giarratana team is thrilled to be part of the exciting transformation underway around Nashville Yards,” Giarratana emailed the Post in August 2020. “Our [Alcove and Prime] towers share complementary architecture and will serve as a new, visually-stimulating gateway into downtown from the west.”

In addition to Goettsch Partners (GP design architect Vladimir Andrejevic designed Giarratana LLC’s 505 with Solomon Cordwell Buenz, who also is Chicago-based), the team for Prime will include Los Angeles-based general contractor AECOM Hunt, which also is handling work on the Four Seasons project underway on First Avenue.

Other team members include DeSimone Consulting Engineers (structural engineering); Nashville-based Barge Design Solutions (civil engineering and land planning); Lee (mechanical engineering); Bala (electrical engineering); RWDI (wind tunnel work); Nashville-based Premier Parking (parking) and Reflections Window + Wall (enclosure and installation work).