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  1. Let me clarify... it's technically not a garage... it's a below grade parking lot that is enclosed on each side, and they also did a courtyard type of space with trees and other plantings. There was a little outrage over the original building in that space being torn down and nothing of significance being built in its place. Sorry, I just wanted to respond to the question about the parking at Snodgrass.... please forgive me for going off topic.
  2. In the 80's there were alleged plans to build a twin to that building. That was supposed to have been part of the reason the building next to it was torn down. Those plans were scrapped and the parking garage was built.
  3. I thought the City Lights lawyer thing might have tipped you off... LOL!!! I understand with the street name changes. Being that I've not lived in Nashville for almost 22 years, I'm used to all of the old street names. I actually didn't know until this topic that Charlotte Pike is now MLK, Jr. Blvd. Hell, it was bad enough when people consistently referred to it as Charlotte Ave instead of Pike. And, we all referred to that main thoroughfare in East Nashville as Gallatin Road when it was actually Gallatin Pike. I never remember seeing Gallatin Ave. as identified on Google Maps from Main Street to Cahal Ave. And, Clarksville Pike is generally referred to as Clarksville Hwy. No point in talking about pronunciations of certain street either... LOL!!!
  4. Good points. But I was really being more sarcastic than anything else... Sorry if my post came across as being serious. Although, there were people concerned about the James K. Polk building toppling over.... (no joke). People didn't understand the engineering that went into ensuring that wouldn't happen.
  5. I just thought I'd add another visual perspective taken from Google Maps of just how small the lot is. This is the backside of the Otis building. I also wanted to determine if TSU owned any of the land on the backside of the Otis building and it appears that TSU does not. I'm assuming the guardrail pretty much follows the property line. NYC has built towers on smaller lots. So, it is possible to say the least. Minus those of us on this site, is Nashville ready for a tall skinny? Will another tower blocking the view of the Capitol become an obstacle? Will TSU argue that views from the windows on the north side of its building will be blocked and hire the City Lights lawyers? Will the State of TN be angered by a tall building competing with the Snodgrass Tennessee Tower that is so iconic? Will some organization somehow claim the existing building has some historical value because of it's modernistic design? Will Nashvillians oppose a tall skinny building out of fear it will topple over as they are driving down MLK Jr. Blvd? Will Tony oppose his own idea to build a tall skinny because it would block scenic views of the rolling hills to the north that will be seen from his proposed 60 story tower on Church St.? So many questions. So few answers...
  6. Unless something has changed over the years, TSU students were not allowed to park in those State parking lots across Charlotte Pike. The TSU downtown campus surface parking lot handles the bulk of the student parking. Students also park along 10th Cir. Ave. North if they were able to get a space. There have been discussions about building a garage in place of the campus parking lot. There is a rumor that Amazon or Tony has interest in building on the TSU parking lot that would tie into the TSU building and provide parking that would be dedicated to TSU. I've yet to see anything to confirm that rumor. But it keeps coming up in small TSU circles. Amazing. That tiny lot is zoned for 30 stories with unlimited bonus height, yet sites 5-10 times that size in the CBD might be capped at 10, 15 and 20 stories. Only in Nashville... LOL!!!
  7. I'm in love with the potential for this area. Hope it can shift even closer to Charlotte Pike. On a bit of a nostalgic front, I'm going to miss the dairy tanks that tower along Church near 15th Ave. N. .... wish they could somehow survive as landmark for the area and turned into an art piece. That would be really cool.
  8. Amazing how that area now looks in 2022. What a transformation!
  9. Don't come to DC... LOL!!! The density is great. The variation in height... not so much. Even in areas where the height restrictions have been relaxed, the developers build the new stuff around the same height, so there's still very little variation. The topography probably causes more of the variation than the buildings themselves. Anyway, I actually think that with the low rise buildings in the area of Rosa Parks, which I hope will remain, and with NY's near by, this hotel will be fine. I'm more concerned about the taller buildings all being around the same height and not having any identifiable features to set them apart at their tops. Give us some overlapping arches, metal beams that angle and light up at night, something different to finish off the tops.
  10. Why would 80 feet be the maximum height on James Robertson Pkwy? Please don't tell me to protect views of the Capital?
  11. If Nashville could get developers to do buildings with varying design styles to finish out the tops of the buildings, the views would be so much more spectacular. I love that shot from mid-town looking east. But it makes me want to see more diversity in the tops of the structures. Not all of them, but it would just be nice to see a few pyramid tops, domes, angles and slants, etc.
  12. At least the people on the east side of CL will still have a view of whatever that crap is next to their building... looks like a gas station, a couple of small surface parking lots for one or two small stand-alone buildings. Oh, and they can still get glimpses of the amphitheater and at least for a while the 4th of July fireworks. Oh, and to the west they'll have beautiful views of several lovely new skyscrapers that will save them money on their AC bills in the summer. Not bad really ...
  13. Let me be very clear before I make this statement... TSU has not made any formal statements or announcements regarding the MLB stadium. That being said, it did come up in conversation between a TSU official ( someone who would have knowledge of any plans) and a small group of alumni during the TSU National Alumni Associations Annual Convention which was held in Miami Beach, FL in early June. When asked how would such a deal work with a state funded university, it was stated that it is being examined as a possible land lease to the MLB ownership group and/or contingencies that include specific facilities for TSU and shared revenue with various components of the overall project, and possibly funding the return of a baseball team at TSU. That same TSU official was asked if that would be discussed during their presentation at the convention and they stated no, because the discussions are not at a stage to present information publicly. The TSU official did say that the MLB ownership group continues to reach out to TSU to discuss next steps and knows that they have eliminated other sites, which the TSU official would not disclose. The TSU official couldn't comment on what other sites are still under consideration.
  14. Nashville, Gatlinburg and pretty much any vacation spot. Hotels at all levels tried to create mini-resort like rooms. Some went waaaaaaaaaaay too far. Especially in the Pocono's.... this was the prize suite and it still exist (though they've taken away "some" of the 80's features... LOL!!!
  15. I've searched, because to be honest I think the original brick color of the then Sheraton Hotel would have worked better with the newer stuff going up around it today. If I recall correctly, it was a really dark brown brick color. The entrance to the hotel actually sat a little closer to the corner of Broadway and I believe it had brass railings and columns. Don't quote me on that part. That may have come later in a renovation. I'm not sure when the building was built. But, in the 1960's and 70's that hotel was one of the top hotels in Nashville. The large SHERATON sign atop of it was iconic if you were driving eastbound on Broadway, especially at night when it was lit-up. Until the Hyatt Regency (now a Sheraton) was built, the Sheraton on Broadway was considered the go to hotel for events because it was the largest for quite some time. There wasn't any other hotel in the downtown core that had the location and amenities of that Sheraton. The Sheraton struggled once the Hyatt Regency opened and when the Opryland Hotel opened in the late 70's. That was shortly followed by the Radisson opening in downtown. So, the Sheraton found itself in a battle to stay relevant. A battle that it just couldn't win by the time the Loews Vanderbilt opened and even smaller, but more updated properties along West End. Newer hotels like the Marriott and Embassy Suites in the airport area also hurt. The only real savings grace was for a hotel operator to take over it and reduce it to a modest hotel property.
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