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Camden Gulch is a proposed 16-story mixed-use development in the Nashville Gulch. Plans were revealed yesterday for how it will transform the current home of A+ Storage located at 909 Division Street. Camden Gulch is situated directly across the street from the Hilton Canopy & Homewood Suites (currently under construction) and the recently completed residential development, Harlowe by Greystar.
This development serves as another great example of how the Downtown Code’s criteria produces sound architectural design and thoughtful building function. It is also a testament to MarketStreet Enterprise’s vision years ago of what the Gulch could potentially become.
Camden Gulch will complete the infill on the south side of Division Street from 12th Ave South to 8th Ave South. These new developments have replaced either vacant land & parking lots or older small scale commercial buildings.
A request for final site plan approval for the property was recently submitted for the 1.99-acres site. Once approved, it will permit the 482-unit mixed-use development. Here’s the quick rundown:
- What’s Now: A+ Storage
- What’s Next: Mixed-Use Development
- Developer: Camden Property Trust
- Architect: Hastings
- Status: Planning
- 16- Stories
- 481- Units
- 537 Parking Spaces
- 7,300 SF of Retail
- Rooftop Pool Deck & Amenities
- Primary Materials – Brick & Glazing
- Maximum Height Within The Sub-district – 10 Floors
- Bonus Height Height Requested – 6 Floors
Overall, Camden Gulch is a 16-story building with 4 levels of covered parking and pool deck on level 15. The parking garage is concealed on Division Street with an apartment liner and sheathed with cement panels above the interstate.
Camden Gulch will create new pedestrian activation along Division Street. This is achieved by three proposed retail spaces along Division street as well as the building’s lobby.
Because the existing sidewalk can ‘t accommodate this use, the building’s property line has been set back approximately 5 feet. Additionally, the storefronts are set back even further to allow for outdoor seating. Slide the image below for greater context.
The entrance into the parking garage will become aligned with Overton Street. This should help with the flow of traffic, however, there are two critical pieces missing as it relates to pedestrian safety. There is no crosswalk from Overton Street that crosses Division Street. This means that in addition vehicular and bike traffic on Division Street, pedestrians now have to tend to cars from the building’s garage. A signalized crosswalk and stop sign from the building’s garage would be needed at a minimum to reduce accidents with pedestrians. The loading entrance is located south of the building.
The project seeks two modifications which do not meet the current zoning; given the overall building design they seem more of a technicality. There is a segment of the building shown in red below which varies from the required 10 feet of building frontage as the sidewalk curves.
There is another segment shown in red below which varies from the 15 feet setback requirement. This also appears to be a condition of the property’s radius.
The request filed with Metro is for the final site plan approval. Check back for more details as the development progresses through the planning and permitting phase.
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