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  1. 13 points
  2. 12 points
    OK, so big post. I did not go to the neighborhood meeting but I got to walk through today at work. The part of the mill they're leaving intact (the part on the corner of Jordan and Brevard) Basement of said part Boiler room Inside boiler room Outside the boiler room/ smokestack Misc items (old bathrooms, heavy equipment, elevator shaft, etc.) More misc (equipment from old kitchen, roof views, etc) Dishwasher Steam cooker Part of the demolition The roof of the part that's staying Basement of soon to be demolished area. I hope y'all enjoy, hate to see most of this destroyed, but here's photos to prove it existed at one time. Cheers
  3. 9 points
    I lied, a few more. We found this old TV in one of the basement offices. I thought it was pretty cool We were also told that this building was used by the Civil Defense. The demo guys found this stuff left over from that time period. The dates on them were from the 60's. One was already open. Some value toilet paper.
  4. 7 points
  5. 7 points
    Fundamentally, building code is designed to do three things, in descending priority: 1) Prevent fire long enough for occupants to escape, 2) Prevent fire long enough for fire fighters to safely enter a building and fight it, and 3) Prevent building damage. If we use potential explosives as the baseline for fire proofing residential units, the code would treat them as "Hazardous" occupancies (like chemical warehouses or labs), and we wouldn't be able to afford to build anything ever again. Having said that, depending on the sprinkler system type installed and a few other things, residential units are "encased" by a fire rating of 1/2 to 1 hours, meaning the walls, doors, etc enclosing a unit will resist the passage of fire for that amount of time. Great care and attention is paid to wall joints, penetrations and other ways fire could otherwise "leap" or spread from unit to unit. For most of these wood stick-built projects, the entire superstructure (columns, floors, roof) are also rated 1 hour. So hypothetically an oxygen canister explodes. It compromises 4 apartment units. The fire suppression system is immediately triggered in the floors/zones and the sprinkler system (the supply is protected by code), deluges the building areas affected, and the fire alarm system automatically notifies the local fire department. The walls of the compromised unit will hold back the fire for at least a 1/2 hour. All residents safely escape via multiple means of egress, all of which are protected by their own 1 or 2-hour ratings. Fire fighters have good code-required truck access and water access, even on the upper floors, where they can plug into standpipe systems for water flow. All apartment buildings are considered commercial construction, and their fire protection systems are inspected regularly to ensure good maintenance. Yes, people can be stupid and irresponsible. But my point is that the building code already takes that into account. Deaths in commercial fires are extremely rare, and almost always happen in very old pre-code buildings. In total - including single family homes - only 3200 people died in fires in 2014. That is an astonishingly low number that has been going lower every year. I only ask that no one underestimate the massive investment of time, energy and money in fire prevention and protection that goes on in the built environment.
  6. 7 points
    If we must have castles then I wish we'd have one of these, maybe more than one:
  7. 7 points
    One last one, a really cool spiral staircase going into the basement. Unfortunately it's in the part being demolished.
  8. 7 points
    Thanks. I forgot that I had registered and was only reminded when I tried to register again and it said someone was already using my email. Hey, must be me. What's my handle and pass again? lol. The old photo from before was probably 2000 or so instead of 1998. The newer building to the right of Batman gave it away as I don't think it was there in 1998. The ones below I actually wrote the date on the backs of the photos. Dates the photos were taken are in the file name. Last two are right after the tornado hit DT back in April of '98.
  9. 6 points
  10. 5 points
    If you venture over to the Raleigh forum you'll see that one of the tinderbox apartment buildings we love so much burned to the ground overnight in a massive inferno. The building was under construction and the fire spread to adjacent buildings as well. I'm afraid it's only a matter of time before an incident like this occurs in our city. There's a reason constructing buildings of this scale out of timber is essentially banned in cities like Chicago. http://abc11.com/news/monstrous-fire-destroys-building-in-downtown-raleigh/1804792/
  11. 5 points
    I drove I-40 coming from Memphis around downtown at dusk yesterday for the first time in awhile and after I turned the corner headed towards the Charlotte / Church exit, the city didn't even feel like Nashville anymore. It was as if I was in another much larger city...and I-40 felt like it was actually in a bit of a canyon. Not only did the east side (downtown) feel and look much larger...but midtown seemed like a totally different area. There's just no way to capture on camera what it's like and how much it's changed.
  12. 5 points
    Oh my! That siding on the new Hines 222 Tower! Frightening! Looks like a high rise mobile home... but I don't mean to insult mobile homes.
  13. 4 points
    I will never understand the fuss about Ikea. It's like Swedish Walmart.
  14. 4 points
    We have been in a slowdown for a while although it does not seem so to the novice observer. The fact is we have a lot of large projects that are under construction and a number of others getting ready yo break ground, however many of the mid sized projects have completed and there are few on the drawing board. I follow the permits, construction bidding, and Metro Development Tracker and started noticing a notable slow down earlier last year. When I mentioned this at one of the forum meets, some of you all were looking at me like I was nuts. The fact that these ding dongs are just now saying we are in a slow down means they had their heads buried in the sand or they were busier than a one armed wall paper hanger. I suspect the later. According to some sources, we need a total of 3 to 4 thousand apartment units coming on line each year. So we have a current oversupply, but that will change late next year or in 2019. I think the numbers of the large hotels being announced has come to an end for a while. There will be a need for lower priced mid range hotels as these big boys want a larger share of the hotel dollar share than the little guys. We have several office buildings under construction or proposed and the fact that a few of them have not started is telling. For example the ones that are delayed on some manner are: Eakin West End 30th and Vanderbilt Place. No announced tenant Emory Spectrum 18th and Chet Atkins. No announced tenant Panattoni Music Circle . Demo was to have started last month.. no announce tenant Old CC site. no announced tenant One City office buildings, no announced tenant NW Mutual offices, retail. no announced tenants 222 Second Ave. I do not think it is at 50 % yet. I am thinking around 30 % but not sure Announced Mainland Office tower. No announced tenant This does not take into account the announced developments for Nashville Yards, Demonbreun Hill, River North. One that is still unannounced is the 12th and Demonbreun site. As far as residential high-rise projects go, there are no proposals except the Buckingham project in the Gulch, Endeavor on Broad, and the high-rise residential projects at the Rudy Law site and Demonbreun Hill. I do see the Endeavor project staring this year. I am not going to count the Rolling Mill Hill project as that is another area that may be up in the air for a while. Others that have been announce that have not started of note are WES, W hotel, 2nd and Demonbreun project. Now this is what I see starting this year: Holiday Inn on Peabody Duel Brand Hilton on Peabody The Joseph Margaretaville Hotel Hyatt Regency The Endeavor project Drury Plaza Hotel Demo on the old CC site. I am probably forgetting a few, but this is off the top of my head. I do not mean to burst the bubbles around here but I am usually pretty optimistic about these projects and would love to see everything built, but I have to be a realist.
  15. 4 points
  16. 4 points
  17. 4 points
    Throwback Thursday. What a difference two or three years makes, eh? Not sure of the exact date of this shot, but Bridgestone was not yet under construction.
  18. 4 points
    TBT: Map of Nashville around 1870. North is to the right.
  19. 3 points
    The draft Pulse corridor plan suggested extending Marshall Street in front of the Lowe's entrance, then adding mixed use development with a (underground) parking garage. Also there will be a BRT stop right in front of the Whole Foods, so I'm glad that the entrance is very accommodating of pedestrians.
  20. 3 points
    Dean was a great, forward looking mayor and will definitely have my vote for Governor... With some cooperation from the GOP legislature (laughably unlikely that would happen, I know...) he could do hte same for the state as he did for Nashville.
  21. 3 points
    The J.W. is only just now getting to the point of using uniform floor plates. Prior to this point, everything was being cast using custom forms that for obvious reasons take longer to build and complete. I think it'll catch up in short order.
  22. 3 points
    This is from a portion of a USA Today article published in the subscription portion of the TENNESSEAN this morning of which I subscribe to and why I am unable to provide a link. My takeaways from this are that the Predators connection is because of their ability to manage an arena which they have done super well in Nashville. Sounds like minor league hockey might be in the plans. And the seating is only to be 6,000. That makes a lot more sense. As I said before, Clarksville is a big City and still growing and accordingly will need better entertainment options. I hope this comes to fruition.
  23. 3 points
    Now working on the decorative crown on the SE corner of the building. Looking NW from intersection of Jo Johnston Ave. and 11th Ave. North: Looking north from Nelson Merry Street near 11th Ave. North:
  24. 3 points
    I've always admired this little building. I guess I better go pay my respects. However, eight stories is likely to seem rather imposing from Lafayette.
  25. 3 points
    That's insane. Just took a look back through the thread and it looks like foundation work wasn't completeled until September '16. That's 19 floors in roughly 7 months.
  26. 3 points
    A Ferris wheel for downtown Nashville? Maybe http://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/news/2017/03/16/a-ferris-wheel-for-downtown-nashvillemaybe.html
  27. 3 points
    BNA ranks #18 of best-run airports in country based on new rankings by American City Journal's Power Rankings of the Top 89 facilities in the nation: http://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/news/2017/03/16/power-rankingshow-nashville-compares-to-the-best.html
  28. 3 points
  29. 3 points
    "Recording Angel" at the corner of Demonbreum and Fourth Avenue South by Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
  30. 3 points
  31. 3 points
    Markhollin and Alley I hope you don't mind, but I used your pics to show a comparison since I believe they are roughly from the same vantage point.
  32. 2 points
  33. 2 points
    Wow, I hate that you pointed that out. Now that is all I see in that picture. I know we all exaggerate our disdain for some projects, but that is hideous. It really does look like they just threw up some metal roof panels that you would put on a barn.
  34. 2 points
    Let me start by saying I am a downtown dog owner, but I have found many downtown dog owners to never be satisfied with whatever will be provided whether it is pet parks, apartments/condos dog walks or outdoor dining accommodations. Many have acquired a dog or moved downtown without adequately thinking through the responsibility and feel their pet's rights supersede those of non dog owning humans. I understand it is not a fun task to take a pet to relieve itself, but when you got the pet you own that responsibility. I think there should be a registration and cost to pet owners to pay for these services that do not benefit all tax payers. If you want a Cadillac of pet parks then be prepared to pay for it through higher registration fees to use it. Owning a pet is a choice.
  35. 2 points
    Not trying to be difficult here because that is certainly an unfortunate fire, but the article states "The fire was mostly contained by Wednesday night, with no loss of life or major injuries reported, according to Edgewater Mayor Michael McPartland." If I'm understanding the posts on fire codes above, it seems that the fire codes worked exactly as intended in this fire. No one was seriously hurt and no one was killed.
  36. 2 points
    I wish the NFL and NHL would use this skyline shot when they air games. They either show the shot of just the batman building from the ghost ballet or skyline shots (before The Pinnacle Building). Nashville looks great in the above.
  37. 2 points
    With the worst traffic ever and ZERO sidewalks. I'm glad I only have to go into the office once a month, that place is a mess.
  38. 2 points
    Lest I ever regret my words, it's not likely. It is very difficult to burn down modern commercial buildings, regardless of their construction, and on top of that it is even harder for fire to spread. Last night's incident - as well as some similar incidents (this happened in Dallas a couple of years ago) - was on an active construction site in the middle of wood framing, long before any real fire protection systems are installed. Apart from some kind of explosion, the adjacent buildings were never in real danger of burning down. Their exterior walls did what they were supposed to do and greatly slowed the transmission of heat/fire to their interiors, where sprinkler systems would have snuffed it out in a hurry. Chapter 33 of the North Carolina Building Code covers safeguards during construction, including excavation, sanitation, protecting pedestrians & adjoining property, maintaining safe egress for workers (notably no one died last night), and the locating of fire extinguishers throughout a construction site. It further refers to the International Fire Code chapter 14 for more requirements for flammable liquids, explosives, smoking requirements, and welding or roof tar operations.
  39. 2 points
    Here are those pics I've been promising:
  40. 2 points
    25,000 is ridiculous. A 10,000 seat minor league hockey arena along 101st Airborne Highway however, would be a great addition to the city. It would have easy access from Fort Campbell and the City of Clarksville (150,000 +/- population). I think something of that scale would work and draw the soldiers and families who come from all over the USA to serve. And Clarksville itself is full of transplants. Clarksville desperately needs some form of home grown attraction and not rely on Nashville for entertainment so much. I can see a Single A minor league ballpark going there some day. Bowling Green already has one. Austin Peay has a very nice, 10,000 max seating arena, but struggles to draw more than 3,000 a game in a good year.
  41. 2 points
    It's insane how much that area of SoBro has changed in almost 20 years. Gosh the tornado was almost 20 years ago????
  42. 2 points
    An arena larger than Bridgestone, FedEx Forum, Rupp, and Thompson-Boling? In fact, at 25,000 seats it would be the 2nd largest basketball arena in the country, after the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. I just don't see it.
  43. 2 points
    Excited to see this finally get moving! I think the rendering looks great and I dig the activation of the street frontage with the 2 story cafe seating and secondary entrance on the sidewalk. It's not urban design perfection but this is a pretty good compromise for where we are in redeveloping the core with amenities that make the city more livable.
  44. 2 points
    With a gun pointed in his face, Tony looked Terry in the eye... "All this talk about Nashville being the 'it city'... it's all lies... isn't it? A slow down's coming.. isn't it, Terry?" "Never!" Terry retorted. *Tony wrestles Terry to the ground* "You tell me the truth about the building boom, or you're done!" yelled Tony. Battered and beaten, Terry looked up at Tony and mumbled "I.... I think we've seen the peak. There, I said it!" And it was at that moment, we all knew Nashville's fate.
  45. 2 points
    My first response was, "Oh... Oh, No.... that looks terrible". Then I thought to myself, it's probably going to look a lot better than it was before when it had no character. But as long as it's their money/property/and reputation on the line, I have nothing to say but, "Whatever floats your moat".
  46. 2 points
    I'd be very pleased if the 505 got this type of lighting on the top of their building.
  47. 2 points
    Up to the top floor (19th now). Put a roof on it, and I think she's topped-out. Looking NE from parking lot at Demonbreun and 8th Ave. South: Looking north from intersection of Demonbreun and 8th Ave. South: Looking east from McGavock St. near intersection with 8th Ave. Looking west from intersection of McGavock and 7th Ave. North:
  48. 2 points
    I'd like to see the Wikipedia picture of the skyline replaced with a clearer, brighter, and slightly closer shot of the last one above. The second one with Midtown would work too.



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