Monday, October 12, 2015 09:00 AM


A high-density mix of office, residential and retail is what Tony Giarratana has in mind if he gets a shot at developing two parcels with surface parking lots on them near the Trolley Barns at Rolling Mill Hill.

Developer Pat Emery sees residential and retail, but is still trying to figure out whether offices would work on the overall 7.33 acres on Peabody Street, for which a city agency is seeking potential development partners.

Principals in Eakin Partners, The Mathews Co. and C.B. Ragland Co. are also reviewing the request for proposals the Metro Development and Housing Agency recently issued with an eye on participating in the process.

Even before a pre-proposal conference set for Tuesday to answer questions from potential respondents, MDHA has received more than a dozen expressions of interest, a spokeswoman said. That's no surprise given the prime location across Korean Veterans Boulevard from the new Ascend Amphitheater and with direct views of the Cumberland River and downtown.

"We see it as a prime development site that can support a very special development," said Giarratana, principal in Giarratana Development. "Our concept will likely be a high-density, mixed-use development."

The request for proposals said the parcels call for signature developments that will artfully knit the emerging Class A office market south of Broadway with the rest of Rolling Mill ...

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