Tamay Ozari, owner of L&L Restaurant Equipment Co. located on Charlotte Avenue, plans to move out and build a complex with 240 apartments, an organic grocer and a restaurant. Other elements could include a coffee shop or a distillery, rounding out exactly the kind of mixed-use development so popular today, as Ozari well knows.
2424 Lofts will happen first, effectively serving as Ozari’s coming-out party as a developer of mixed-use and/or multifamily projects.
Ozari said the 240 apartments will be one-bedroom and two-bedroom units. He describes them as New York-style lofts. To him, that means open floor plans, high ceilings, brick walls and rustic wood flooring. He wants to keep an original, organic feeling.
Ozari has worked with architects at Gresham, Smith and Partners, one of the largest such firms in Nashville, to produce renderings. Ozari told me he is having discussions with developers, some of whom have raised the possibility of doing a joint venture. He said he hasn’t made any decisions.
Ozari first needs to move his own business out of the building. He needs much less showroom space these days, he said, because of his growing catalog and online business.