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The initial renderings of the 5-building winning-bid for MDHA lots 1 & 2 near the Trolley Barns at KVB and Hermitage Avenues next to the Cumberland River. The Hensler portion is the 20-story glass residential tower, along with several two-story brick retail buildings that will echo the style and red/brown brick of the Trolley Barns and the water processing plant that borders both lots. There is also a long 3-story glass structure that resembles the glass/metal style of the Eakin office building. Not sure if this is a massive parking garage or more retail (or both). One unique aspect of the tower is that the roadway running from SE to NW dissecting the middle of Lot 1 will run through a 3-story-tall tunnel/opening in the base of the residential tower allowing for views of the riverfront skyline from within the complex at ground level. The Eakin 5-story, 150,000 sq. foot glass/metal office building will run the length of Lot 2 facing Hermitage Avenue. There will also be some retail as part of the lot, and some green space facing the trolley barns. Hard to tell if there are parking levels underground. http://www.tennessean.com/story/money/real-estate/2016/07/28/sneak-peek-residential-office-and-retail-coming-near-trolley-barns/87645424/ Overall, except for the 3-story opening at the base of the Hensler structure, the designs are the epitome of mediocrity (something akin to what one might find in a suburban office park), and not only show a lack of vision, but also seriously under-utlize these massive spaces. What could have been a landmark set of buildings that would be part of the gateway into the CDB/SoBro from across the KVB Bridge, are insufficient and, dare I say it, lame. For those who wish to voice their concern over this disconcerting decision, please do so to Jim Harbison, MDHA's Executive Director at [email protected] His office line is 615-252-8410. Media/Communications line is 615-252-8420, and e-mail is [email protected] also, contact Mayor Barry's office: [email protected] Also two others involved in community development are Erik Cole and Lonnell Matthews; [email protected] and [email protected] v. Looking NW from the Trolley Barns at Lot 1: