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Everything posted by barakat

  1. On that candidate's website, it says he will appoint a "transportation director" to oversee a transit plan. I thought that was Steve Bland's job.
  2. It's worth noting that steelworkers have walked off the Westin and SESAC building sites. I didn't know they were paid such low wages. http://www.middletnjwj.org/unrepresented_ironworkers_strike_to_improve_standards
  3. Update on the greenway: It's already built, but will remain fenced off until all the construction projects are complete. The state garage is expected to be completed in late Fall 2016. The private development on 3rd Ave. is expected to begin by Fall 2015 at the latest. New signage will be posted soon to direct greenway traffic to Jackson St, detouring around the north side of the ballpark.
  4. I'm not sure this has been shared before. It's the Hard Rock Hotel that was proposed for the SkyHouse site. http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/16408197/17th-Avenue-Broadway-Nashville-TN/
  5. It looks pretty good, but the trend of putting a "ramp" on the tops of buildings might need to end soon. It's a weird trend. Others that come to mind are Icon and Indigo on West End. I'm not sure about the curved glass part, but it's thoughtful to the curves of the MCC and is probably a more 'expensive' part of the design.
  6. These plans for First Baptist Church look a lot different than what was seen most recently. http://www.esarch.com/places/detail/first-baptist-church/39/
  7. This was also a concern of my from the beginning. Initially, the developers/planners said the greenway would remain open during games. Obviously, this has changed, and they need to address how greenway patrons will navigate the area during games. Each event will be a clusterf* regardless. I'm not complaining, though. Another thing that needs attention is the great danger pedestrians face when trying to cross Jefferson anywhere between 3rd and 7th. The crosswalks are clearly marked that peds have priority when waiting to cross, but drivers speed through regardless. I'm the guy that always stops (and receives honks and glares from annoyed drivers) when someone is waiting to cross.
  8. Here are some details of the 21c Museum Hotel. http://www.nashville.gov/Portals/0/SiteContent/MHZC/docs/2015%20Meetings/4%20April/SR%20222%203rd%20Av%20N,.pdf
  9. There are several listings on MLS in Bordeaux for older, affordable homes. What's seems to be missing, however, are to-the-studs renovations and new construction with high-end finishes. The area definitely has advantages, but it's missing the type of retail and housing that many people would expect in an evolving neighborhood. Another positive aspect is the amount of vacant, developable land. I love some of the lots on Alpine Hill, and the area around Gardner Lane. The views are nice.
  10. Clarifying what happened with the McDonald's. They decided to refurb the existing building to avoid having to conform to the UDO. As a compromise, they added a new building segment to the 12th Avenue side to bump it a little closer to the street. If they had demolished the entire building after the fire, they would have had to conform to the UDO. Similar situation with the diner, as far as that goes.
  11. I'm sure this is old, but I don't remember a Hard Rock Hotel proposal ever being mentioned for the corner of 17th and Broadway. http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/16408197/17th-Avenue-Broadway-Nashville-TN/
  12. Curious if anyone went to this presentation last night about the Printer's Alley hotel. http://www.civicdesigncenter.org/urban_design_forum
  13. From the image in the brochure it looks like the currently dead plaza on the east side will be come a major entrance, with a car drop-off.
  14. Wonder if the exterior additions to UBS will happen this year? There are a couple new images in this PDF. http://www.colliers.com/-/media/Images/Properties/idb/c/7/6/b8a048754250be68c4c5925365e3/Deaderick%20St%20315%20JS%20DR.pdf.pdf?la=en-US
  15. Michael Graves died today, architect for the new federal courthouse.
  16. That proposal is in San Francisco, not Nashville. http://www.socketsite.com/archives/2010/08/222_2nd_street_seeks_certification_and_exceptions_this.html
  17. The NBJ piece mentions flooding as one reason for all above-ground parking, which completely makes sense. http://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/blog/real-estate/2015/03/nashvilles-newest-and-most-expensive-office-tower.html
  18. I like this design for these reasons: The Liggett building is preserved. The entire block is used, no surface lots. Lots of retail. The height is more than would be normally allowed under DTC zoning [was a variance needed?]. It's subtle in these images, but pattern in the glass will be very attractive when built. Regarding the garage complaints - so if all the parking were underground, this would be 14 stories, and probably twice as expensive. I don't understand why people complain about above-ground garages when the facade doesn't reveal the purpose. Hayes is right - this building will activate the park in significant ways. It's a good design, considering all the constraints. It has to be appealing to top-notch office tenants, and I believe this will be the case.
  19. The office building may look nothing like this, but there was a little foreshadowing in this park image.
  20. The MelPark Townhomes project was previously announced, but here are images and a site plan. http://www.pgplans.com/viewer/viewer.php?job=795&section=1491&file=001T1.pdf
  21. A Noshville employee says that the developer of the proposed apartment highrise on that property is working to acquire the JJ's market building for an expanded project. I guess that isn't surprising, but I would consider that another loss.
  22. The Tennessean article says it's limestone and granite.
  23. I don't remember the time frame, but that is one option for that section of the park. If a tunnel isn't constructed under 31st, another option is upgraded pedestrian crossings and amenities to connect the hill to the rest of the park. Phase one and two are supposed to be done by May: http://www.nashville.gov/Parks-and-Recreation/Planning-and-Development/Park-Plans-and-Projects/Centennial-Park.aspx and the breakdown of the six phases is on page 64 of this: http://www.nashville.gov/Portals/0/SiteContent/Parks/docs/planning/Master%20Plan/Master%20Plan.pdf
  24. Core drilling is going on today in the alley beside the proposed building for the 21C Museum hotel.
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