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  1. 13 points
    Update on details for the Hensler-Stiles portion of the development from Hastings Architecture website: 105,000 square feet of retail; 170,000 square feet of Class-A office; and 350,000 square feet of luxury high-rise residential. By reminder, this will break ground once the Eakin Peabody Plaza garage is fully functional, thus replacing all of the surface lot spaces where this Hensler-Stiles portion will rise. Some crisper renderings:
  2. 12 points
    A couple of renderings I haven't seen before (from Texcitement on Skyscraper Page). It will be 256' tall. And from Hastings.... She/he also says Ragland is rumored to be planning a 40 story office/hotel adjacent to this. No other details.
  3. 11 points
    Downtown 2004.......taken from a .sid file i had stored away on my computer. Gateway Bridge near completion. Alot has been accomplished in the past 15 years.
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    Apartment tower really starting to make an impact on skyline from the east. Looking west from intersection of Shelby Ave. and South 8th St: Looking west from intersection of Shelby Ave. and South 2nd Street:
  7. 11 points
    I don't think I can make it, I wonder what that meeting will be like. Maybe they will live stream it? Speaking of the Fairgrounds, some updates on the expo buildings. These things are HUGE, in that overhead picture, look how tiny that truck is off to the right.
  8. 10 points
    Another form going up for the crane tower foundation. Sorry if too many crane tower pictures...........not sure if i'll ever see this particular process again. Also wanted to show that big rig that just pulled up to the site.
  9. 10 points
    Amazon HQ construction. Looking north from Church Street.
  10. 9 points
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  12. 9 points
    New angle of medical office by realtors building:
  13. 8 points
    One more rendering from the Hastings Architecture page. Also, this explanation of the facade: At the same time, Hyatt Centric celebrates the imperfect city grid with a facade pattern abstracted from the historic SoBro street grid. More fine grain detail in the facade composition refers to the production and composition of the music and maker scene which make SoBro a vibrant neighborhood. Guest rooms and above-grade parking cantilever fourteen-feet overhead shading the entire ground floor of the southern façade. Raised guest rooms sit above neighboring podiums to take best advantage of city views. Clad in metal and perforated anodized aluminum panel, the materiality conveys a contemporary vocabulary to the city’s skyline. Ipe and copper panels accent the black and white composition introducing warmth and texture.
  14. 8 points
    Sorry if these two belong elsewhere since they're of London and not Charlotte, but the cantilevered building made me thing of LU2. The really tall buildings in London seem to be bunched up in two different ends of town. I guess between them lie the more historical buildings. Lot's of cranes there too.
  15. 8 points
    Downtown power player does it his way, plans Sinatra Bar and Lounge Enlarge Bill Miller NATHAN MORGAN | NASHVILLE BUSINESS JOURNAL By Marq Burnett Reporter, Nashville Business Journal May 14, 2019, 10:05am CDT Updated May 14, 2019, 10:47am CDT When Bill Miller gathers with his team to develop a new concept, he asks two questions to ensure he is zigging while others are zagging: What need is not being met, and what experience will blow people away in Nashville? The downtown power player and his company, Icon Entertainment Group, feel they’ve answered those questions with their new venture, Sinatra Bar and Lounge, which is slated to open in early 2020. Miller has partnered with Frank Sinatra Enterprises for the venture, a two-story concept that will occupy the first and second floors of the historic Southern Turf building, a Queen Anne structure built in 1839 in downtown's Printers Alley. “If you look for a trend, look for me to run in the other direction,” Miller said. “We prefer to be trendsetters over trend followers. We never look over our shoulders at what everybody else is doing because when you do that, you take your eye off the ball.” Miller remembers a time when “stars were stars” and fame commanded a certain level of respect. Now he believes it is much harder to find entertainers with that kind of staying power. “Sinatra looks like no one else, Sinatra sings like no else,” Miller said. “That’s a music career that spans three or four generations.” That level of longevity is something Miller strives to achieve when developing his concepts, so the partnership was a no-brainer in his eyes. “When you look at the global appeal of Frank Sinatra, I think literally that’s one of the very, very small handful of names that you can mention anywhere in the globe and have everybody instantly go, ‘Yeah, I know that guy. I dig that guy,’” Miller said. “It’s also something I think it’s something Nashville doesn’t expect. We have a track record of bringing things people don’t expect.” The Sinatra family seems pleased with the coming attraction as well. “We are thrilled that our dad, who loved good songs, good food and good spirits, will now be part of Music City’s creative and vibrant landscape,” Nancy and Tina Sinatra, daughters of the crooner, said in a news release. Added Tina, “The stately Southern Turf landmark is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and once housed a speakeasy and saloon; how cool is that?” For the ambiance, Miller took two of the places Sinatra frequented the most and merged them into one, combining the “cool, dark vibe of Manhattan” with the “uber cool, laid back vibe of Palm Springs (California)." Patrons will see curated photos of Sinatra and his friends while being serenaded by Sinatra’s greatest hits. The menu will feature some of the singer's favorite Italian recipes and classic cocktails. Downtown features a slew of attractions tied to country music stars, including Miller's own Johnny Cash Museum. Miller said his latest concept will stand apart from that crowd. “I don’t think there is any competition,” Miller said. “This is a stand-alone concept featuring one of the top five names in the history of entertainment. I think when we open the doors, the people will come.” In 2017, Miller purchased a majority stake Skull’s Rainbow Room, which is housed in the basement of the Southern Turf building. He eventually purchased the entire building. Since he owns the building, Miller said the Sinatra Bar and Lounge buildout will be in excess of $4 million. “What I’ve learned is don’t put too much into a building that you don’t already own because there is a lot of recoup involved,” Miller said. “With the Sinatra concept, we will be raising a new bar for ourselves — which is already pretty high — by presenting this lavish interior and vibe. It’ll be something that we’ve never done and something that’s never been done in Nashville.” In addition to The Johnny Cash Museum, Miller’s Icon Entertainment currently operates and manages The Patsy Cline Museum, Nudie’s Honky Tonk, House of Cards and Skull’s Rainbow Room. The company is constructing Johnny Cash’s Kitchen and Saloon, a 15,000-square-foot restaurant and bar, which will open in July. As his profile continues to grow in Nashville, Miller holds tight to an important lesson he’s learned over the years. “Don’t look back, don’t follow trends and go with your heart,” Miller said.
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    Charlotte Rising! from the convention center today.
  18. 6 points
    Tell me you don't look at this photo from the Amazon site and want to reach down there and pick up one of those tiny dump trucks or buckets and play in the dirt all day.
  19. 6 points
    It looks like there is another attempt to restore the Varnadore building...They still want their signage, but now on a different building and with solar panels! Residents complaining about original digital signage is what killed the 2018 proposal, so the last pic addresses that "from Bamboo Street" ps: this is a whole new rezoning filing. 2019-052 linke to PDF http://ww.charmeck.org/Planning/Rezoning/2019/049-064/2019-052%20site%20plan%20rev.pdf
  20. 6 points
    I really think the extensions you mention to car-centric places outside of 485 should be a very low priority. Silver down Wilkenson and Red along Graham/Statesville should be the biggest priorities. Even poor service could help redevelop a lot of land near the city that is empty/underused (including the railyard between Tryon and Brevard). This city has to get a lot denser to handle the population influx without becoming a worse version of Atlanta...
  21. 6 points
    Taken this morning. Almost doesn’t even look real from above.
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  24. 5 points
    ^ All I'm saying is that if you give people parking, they will need it. If you don't, they'll find a way to get there--especially if it's for work.
  25. 5 points
    Courtesy of Ashley Seagroves:
  26. 5 points
    Looking SW from intersection of 7th Ave. North and Church St:
  27. 5 points
    I have to fess up to really enjoying Frankies when we took a couple of kiddos there. A really ridiculous amount of stuff to do and very scalable cost.
  28. 5 points
    Born and raised here. The name is just a joke about Nashville being called on occasion "Nashvegas" and the city changing so much that I feel like a new transplant every time I visit downtown.
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  31. 4 points
    This afternoon, someone (or just the wind) moved/bumped the OxBlue camera for 650 South Tryon. You cannot see the street level anymore, where the majority of the current work is occurring, and it's quite annoying. https://app.oxblue.com/open/lh/650southtryonst
  32. 4 points
    Hope you all are ready. Coming in 2020. Signage now up on site. Hotel, office space, restaurants, retail, residences. NRE is doing the leasing.
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    Optimist Mill full list of retail tenants and food hall tenants. https://www.charlotteagenda.com/142625/everything-we-know-so-far-about-optimist-halls-food-and-drink-tenants/
  35. 4 points
    The Bailey (3 stories, 23 units) at SW corner of West Eastland and Cleo Miller Drive, has been open for over a year now. Some updated shots from their website.
  36. 4 points
    very short video on the construction at the Apex by Childress Klein but it does show where it is at right now. Southpark Rising. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=321979285383576
  37. 4 points
    Here is a video of Bryton the mixed use development at Hwy 115 and I-485 in south Huntersville. Great aerials of Frankies Fun Park great for kids. https://shopbryton.com/
  38. 4 points
    Thai Esane Restaurant will be opening in June inside a 3,500 sq. ft. space at street level along Demonbreun in the Element building. Capacity will be 120 inside, and 40 more on outside patio. Their location at 907 12th Ave. South will be closing on May 23rd. That particular piece of land looks to be developed into a still-unannounced mixed-use project. More at behind the The Nashville Post paywall here: https://www.nashvillepost.com/business/food-business/article/21068404/thai-esane-sets-june-debut-in-element
  39. 3 points
    Respectfully disagree re Carmichael Towers. I've been a pretty consistent UP voice in favor of historic preservation and against the loss of our historically significant architecture. However, I feel no such remorse or attachment to the Carmichael Towers, other than, yes, they have been a fixture on West End for a few decades. There is nothing (a) historically significant or (b) architecturally significant or (IMO) attractive about them. In fact, quite the opposite, they are fairly utilitarian in style and function (heck, @Baronakim himself posted recently that he felt a wee bit of "shame" from having been associated with the towers project while at Street & Street). I, myself, called Carmichael Towers my home for 2 of my 4 years at Vanderbilt in the early 80's. Despite that, I have no sentimental attachment to those painted cinderblock walls and carpeted floors, which felt somewhat dated even then. Vanderbilt is replacing these dorms now because their design is from an era that is out of sync with how colleges design and utilize on-campus residence spaces today. I think there were a couple of floor plans for the Carmichael towers, but the predominant arrangements were suites of 6 people sharing a kitchenette and bath. They were insular and none of the floors featured any common areas or places for students to interact (other than the building lobby and elevators). VU is not alone in doing this. Colleges across the country are replacing their 1960's/70's era dorms, with new facilities that feature a variety of collaborative, communal spaces, designed to encourage students to spend less time holed up in their rooms and more time interacting with other students and faculty. VU is taking it even further with their movement to a four year residential college format.
  40. 3 points
    I wonder if many who post here realize the significance of the looming loss of these four towers. First, and if you like building height, we will be losing four high-rises in one fell swoop. That hurts. Second, the buildings were designed by a legendary local architecture firm (I forget the name but have read about the project from the 1960s and the firm itself). So a part of our "design industry history" is being wiped out. Third, there are very few U.S. cities that boast four academic towers looming over a key street like West End Ave. The arrangement is highly unusual and distinctive and helps makes our Midtown noteworthy. Four, can you image had VU overhauled the interiors, improved the street-level activation and then, for example, painted the towers charcoal and given them some silver metal treatments?That would have looked stellar. Then VU builds the new neo-gothic tower on its existing footprint for a stunning one-two punch. The modern and the neo-gothic. Too late now. I admit, the towers are, to a degree, ugly and dysfunctional. But my points are clear as to the positives/potential positives. Very few folks who post on this board are lamenting the future loss of these buildings. To be honest, UP team members, I'm a bit disappointed that you haven't voiced at least a bit of disappointment. WW
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    I first drove the West Virginia turnpike quite some time ago (dates concealed) and it was a three lane road with the center lane restricted to overtaking in both directions. Pass at your risk, in other words. It also had a long tunnel, now abandoned, that appeared to be entering a mine and was constructed using similar methods and equipment. The tunnels and other parts were two lane only, without overtaking. The improvement over the snaking road along the creek at the bottom of the hill side was startling. The revelation to this flatland boy was to look down the mountain side from the road and see the cabins, abandoned vehicles and appliances, and poverty in the hollows and feel that the road was a museum of Appalachian desperation. It was not well travelled at that time, and the trick for through travelers was to take the toll ticket at entry and then drive well above the posted limit and at the end claim to have lost the toll ticket and have to pay the maximum charge which was what would have been the charge in any case. Otherwise the time stamp would betray the driver at exit.
  43. 3 points
  44. 3 points
    That's correct. The Sanders properties nearby including the 37206 Building at the northwest corner of 11th/Fatherland, the Shoppes on Fatherland and the southwest corner, and the restaurant building on the southeast corner all have MUL zoning; however, this parcel has CN zoning. Mark is seeking to change the zoning on that parcel to be similar to that of the parcel immediately to the north. At this stage I am not aware of any detailed plans for the property. I am in early discussions with the Metro Historic Zoning Commission and MDHA about how to handle the Five Points Redevelopment District, which is set to expire next year. The Five Points Redevelopment District Land Use Map http://www.nashville-mdha.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/2015-3-16-Fivepoints.pdf sometimes includes land uses that differ from the base zoning, and so with the Redevelopment District set to expire, property owners are in some cases seeking clarity about whether they would be able to retain mixed-use zoning entitlements if the redevelopment district expires and the base zoning reverts to CS and CN, which do not permit mixed uses without BZA Special Exception hearings, etc. When looking at the existing base zoning map, one will note that many of the "outer-ring" parcels in Five Points already have MUL zoning but the "inner ring" parcels in many cases have CS or CN zoning. The Van Dyke Bed and Beverage Building appears to be have been approved within the Redevelopment District guidelines but not the base zoning, which would not support a building of that size. So you can imagine how confusing the building permitting process is for property owners, prospective buyers, and the neighborhoods having this many layers of oversight if a building that does not meet the bulk zoning regulations for the base zoning is approved in some cases but not others. The expiration of the Redevelopment District would also mean that MDHA Design Review Committee design guidance about business awnings, signage, landscape buffering, and some other details would go away since the Metro Historic Zoning Commission does not review those details in Conservation Overlays. If I am reelected to represent District 6, I would like to have community conversations about cleaning up the zoning in the Five Points Redevelopment District area to match what the design guidelines call for and perhaps creating an Urban Design Overlay for the more commercial area to retain design guidance about some of the items that I mentioned above. In the mean time, I am open to working with property owners on a case-by-case basis to change their zoning from CN or CS to MUL-A since that zoning district most closely aligns with the MDHA Five Points Redevelopment District land use map and design guidelines and both of those documents were created through extensive public input processes.
  45. 3 points
    Axis 27 (formerly McKissack Park Townhomes, several three story buildings, 29 units) update: Excavation and some foundational work underway. Looking NW from intersection of 27th Ave. North and Delaware Ave: Looking NE from intersection of 27th Ave. North and Delaware Ave:
  46. 3 points
    Right now in Davidson County there are 33. In January of this year the total was 25. I believe that later this year we will top the previous single-month record of 36 from Jan. of 2018. 
  47. 3 points
    277 rail trail ped bridge is on the move: I am really glad this is moving forward, but I still wonder -- what happens when you get to Stonewall Station? Does everybody take the stairs down to Wholefoods for Fiji water and Macaroons?
  48. 3 points
    Went back today to try their lunch special.......7" deep dish pepperoni, salad and drink for $9. Very good lunch! I feel like i keep posting the same picture of the Drury lately, so i thought I'd post this pic.
  49. 3 points
    Wow! This sounds very solid! I’m almost relieved to hear it!! I’ve been worried about this project for months and honestly, I was losing all hope! With private developers and very prominent Richmonders sort of running this thing is reassuring...as long as the city government doesn’t get too deep into it because they can sure screw it up fast! This will be a boon for Richmond! I love the sound of NCAA tournament...and women’s Final Four? Heck yeah! We’ll have tourists crawling all over this place spending their money right here in Richmond! We need a place on the national and world stage...a legit place!! Aw man, I’m excited again! Can’t wait! Hopefully, by the time I get back from my deployment, we’ll being seeing some construction!
  50. 3 points



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