50 South Bemiston Grows. Refined Design Revealed.
Back in February, Green Street, along with Sterling Bank and HDA Architects, submitted a plan to the city of Clayton for a 20-story apartment tower at 50 South Bemiston. The project was originally unveiled at the beginning of December 2021 in an invite for neighbors to attend a community meeting to discuss the proposal. The site is currently home to a Sterling Bank branch and some Mid-Century office buildings.
Earlier this fall, the project was pulled from the Clayton Pending Applications page on their website. This led some to speculate that the project was either dead or placed on indefinite hold until the future of the economy is more accurately known.
Today, the project was resubmitted with a refined design that, according to a document submitted to Clayton, mimics Nashville’s 505 Church Street building (save for the gently curved facade of 505).
The redesigned structure has grown from original 20-story design to now be 24-stories and 280ft in height. The revised plan now includes 254 luxury apartments, a decline from the original 280 units, and 342 parking spaces, another decline from the original plan of 380. The “L” shape of the original plan has also been changed in favor of an “I” shape. The tan terra-cotta facade elements on the previous plan were also removed in favor of glass.
What remains the same is the plan for a new bank branch and home office for Sterling Bank along with the demolition of the buildings on Bemiston and at 7745-51 Carondelet Avenue.
Floor plans show that each residential floor will include 12 units on levels 5-24. The breakdown of units, based on floor plans, is set to be:
63 Junior One-Bedrooms
Floors 3 and 4 will conceal the parking garage along Bemiston and will be shared residential and amenity levels. Office space for Sterling Bank will be located on the 2nd floor and the new bank branch will be joined by the residential lobby and a small retail space on the first floor. Like in the original plan, no retail space will be included on the ground level of the garage fronting Carondelet Avenue.
As a result of the changes and inflation, the development cost has increased from the original $100 Million price tag to $105 Million.
The revised 50 South Bemiston proposal will eventually go before the Clayton Architectural Review Board and the Clayton Board of Aldermen, but dates for those meetings have not yet been set.
The Bemiston proposal is Green Street’s second true tower proposal in Clayton. Just a block away, Green Street and Midas jointly proposed a 25-story hotel and condo tower at 10 South Central. This site was home to World News. That project will include the region’s first Canopy by Hilton Hotel, 75 condos, and retail space.
Additional renderings and elevations are in the gallery below. The last rendering in the gallery is of the old plan.