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3717 West End Ave.

Nashville-based developer Lee Zoller is looking to reinvent a West End Avenue site with a three-story modernist residential building.

Specifically, Zoller envisions eight for-sale luxury condominiums in a building that would offer parking on the first level and the two-level residences on floors two and three. The project is called The Lloyd.

If approved by the Metro Board of Zoning Appeals, the project would unfold on a two-parcel site with address of 3717 West End Ave. and 101 Leonard Ave. The site is home to two two-story apartment buildings that front West End and a single one-story apartment building positioned behind the pair.

Zoller said he is targeting a late-summer start. Via an LLC, he paid $2 million for the properties in January 2020, according to Metro records.

In April, Metro Board of Zoning Appeals attorney Jon Michael ruled the project as proposed would not comply with rooftop amenities and height restrictions. Zoller has hired land-use attorney Tom White, a founder of local law firm Tune Entrekin & White, to appeal that ruling. He said he is not seeking a variance related to height but, rather, an interpretation of the code and rooftop amenities.

“Based on our research, we don’t agree with the zoning administrator’s interpretation and are asking the BZA to offer its interpretation,” Zoller said. “We want to be consistent with the other properties along West End between Bowling Avenue on the east and Wilson Boulevard on the west."

A June 17 BZA meeting is tentatively slated. Zoller said that, if the BZA upholds Michael's ruling, the project will still move forward but without the rooftop amenities.

Zoller has enlisted the Nashville office of Austin-based STG Design for architectural work for The Lloyd. He would undertake the project via his Division Street Development LLC.

Zoller said the residences are expected to be priced starting at $2.3 million. Village Real Estate's The Kirby Group will handle marketing and sales. No presales will needed to begin construction, he added. Of note, The Lloyd will over a prominent lobby, secured parking and a fitness facility. The eight units are expected to range in size from 2,065 square feet to 2,850 square feet.

The local office of Chicago-area-based ARCO/Murray will be the general contractor, with Brentwood-based Benesch (Chip Howorth) to handle civil engineering duties. Nashville-based FirstBank is providing the loan. 

The property sits within Metro Councilmember Kathleen Murphy's District 24.

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