A Dallas-based developer is eyeing for SoBro what would be one of the city's most distinctive skyscrapers.
Lincoln Property Co. has submitted to the Metro Planning Department details of a 30-story office high-rise, a leaning structure that would sit on the Korean Veterans Boulevard Roundabout at the intersection of Eighth Avenue South and Lafayette Street near the Music City Center. Lincoln has dubbed the project Circle South.
According to documents, Lincoln has enlisted Nashville-based Gresham Smith for design work and Hawkins Partners, also locally based, for landscape architecture duties. The team will go before the Metro Planning Commission Downtown Code Design Review Committee on May 28 to seek bonus height since the site is zoned for a maximum of 16 floors. Silver LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council is planned.
The leaning tower, as proposed, would rise about 460 feet above grade. As such, it would rank among Nashville's five tallest buildings if standing today. The team will request from the design review committee 30 floors of a possible 35 stories that could be offered via bonus height.
The documents note that activating the street will be "a series of retail tenant spaces" totaling approximately 15,000 square feet. The tower also will offer about 535,000 square feet of office space with a street-level lobby and publicly accessible open space.
Of note, the Stix art installation sits at the KVB roundabout, and the proposed skyscraper's lean takes cues from that project, which features pieces leaning in various directions.
The effort to land the bonus height comes after Lincoln paid $27 million for the property last November. Lincoln focuses on the development and management of residential buildings. For example, it developed the sites home to 909 Flats (in Hope Gardens across from the Farmers Market) and what was then called Aspire in Midtown (on Charlotte Avenue). The company also manages various local residential buildings.
The Post has been unable on multiple occasions to contact Lincoln officials regarding its Circle South plan.