When Tri Star Sports & Entertainment Group considered doubling the size of its Music Row office, it pitched an alternative parking strategy to Nashville planners. Instead of adding new spaces, employees would rely on Uber or Lyft rides to and from work, paid for by Tri Star, a business management company that works with celebrities.
The Metro Board of Zoning Appeals gave the concept the green light, and Tri Star employees embraced the new policy, which could be implemented before the office expansion, now planned for 2018, said Tom White, a land use attorney representing Tri Star.
White said it’s the first time he has seen a company pursue this method, but he is certain it won’t be the last.
“I think it will be the wave of the future,” said White, a partner at Tune, Entrekin & White. “We wouldn’t have nearly the need for additional parking spaces or parking structures.”
As Nashville’s growth outpaces infrastructure, local businesses are experimenting with new methods to confront parking demand and congestion problems. While city and state leaders have been grappling with solutions for several years, the urgency felt by business executives has spurred innovation, from flexible hours to blueprints that include self-driving cars.
For Tri ...