From Today's Tennessean:
The Metro Housing and Development Agency's Design Review Committee today denied an application for a variance that would have permitted construction of a controversial 24-hour diner to proceed downtown.
Developer Avenue Diner LLC had requested a variance to allow for sidewalks on the side of the site that faces Demonbreun Street to have a narrower width of 12 feet. The downtown code requires a width of 15 feet to 20 feet.
The new application was required because the project is considered new construction because the previous building on the site has already been demolished.