Council OKs controversial West End project

A $65 million mixed-use project planned in West Nashville cleared a key hurdle at Metro Council this week.

The Tennessean reports that the council approved a zoning change for GBT Realty Corp.’s planned project at 3419 Murphy Road in the critical second of three readings Tuesday night.

GBT's development is much different than a version the company originally proposed 10 months ago, and the version Metro Planning Commission endorsed in a 5-1 vote six months ago. In December, GBT stripped out all 250,000 square feet of office space in the project, adding 195 luxury residential units in its place and thus reducing the amount of traffic the development would generate (more people work in an office building than live in a residential one). The project also includes retail and restaurant space and a 175-room hotel.

Several neighborhood groups have expressed concern over the project, which led to months of negotiation with GBT, as we recently outlined here.