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The Capitol Hotel at 701 Union St. is looking at a 5 story addition for 24 rooms and more parking.  Studio A Architecture has been hired by Continental Inns of America.  The addition would face Polk Ave., across form the Ben West Library Building. 

More behind the Nashville Post paywall here:

https://www.nashvillepost.com/business/development/article/21067504/downtown-hotel-eyed-for-addition
 

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3 hours ago, markhollin said:

Some more images of the Heaven's Door Spirits and Center for the Arts at 614 5th Ave. South have been released.

It sounds like the name of a cult :tw_grimace:

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1 hour ago, NashvilleObserver said:

It sounds like the name of a cult :tw_grimace:

"Welcome to Heaven's Door! Here's your whiskey-tastin' glass and a pair of black Nikes, c'mon in!"

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as a purveyor and collector of whiskey,  that is hands down my favorite upcoming project.

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John Sevier State Office Building rehab update.

Looking NE from intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd (Charlotte Ave.) and 6th Ave. North:

 

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First Baptist Church expansion (4 stories) update.  Former structure razed.

Looking SW from intersection of Broadway and 6th Ave:
 

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New 25' tall electronic sign being placed at NE corner of 4th Ave. South and Symphony Place.  Not sure if it is for Symphony or for whom?

Looking SE from intersection of 4th Ave. South and Symphony Place:

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The plans for Metro to purchase the Morris Memorial Building are starting to come into focus.  Documents show a committee is vetting a variety of options for the interior of the building, which is currently owned by the National Baptist Convention. appears the city wants to convert the 100-year-old building into an African American history museum covering areas not already covered in the Civil Rights Room at the Downtown Library nor the African aAmerican music Museum being built at 5th & Broadway. This would be primarily on the 2nd floor.  The first floor would feature a 3,500 sq. ft. restaurant and some office space.  The top three floors are still open for debate.  A current draft shows office space on the 3rd floor, and then affordable housing units on the 4th & 5th levels. 

Ashford Hughes, the mayor’s chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer, said in a phone interview Monday that the building was once the epicenter of black commerce in Nashville. That makes preserving it important to the mayor, regardless of costs, Hughes said. With a baseline budget in mind, the committee is focused on narrowing down funding options for the renovation before releasing its final recommendations to Briley early next month, Hughes said.

Cost would be $12.8 million for the building and lot, and approximately 12.2 million for the redevelopment of the spaces. 


PDF of some layout ideas here:

https://media.bizj.us/view/img/11313282/morris-building-draft-study.pdf

More behind the NBJ paywall here:

https://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/news/2019/05/13/exclusive-documents-shed-new-light-on-metros-plans.html?iana=hpmvp_nsh_news_headline


 

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Hail Yeah!! Perfect location!!

One nice thing (about the only nice thing!) about not living in Nashville is coming back every few months and seeing all the changes-its exhilarating!!

 

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First Baptist Church addition (4 stories) update.  Razing of existing structure nearly complete.

Looking north from church parking lot, 1/4 block east of 6th Ave. South, and 1/2 block south of Broadway:

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On 5/13/2019 at 7:14 AM, markhollin said:

New 25' tall electronic sign being placed at NE corner of 4th Ave. South and Symphony Place.  Not sure if it is for Symphony or for whom?

Looking SE from intersection of 4th Ave. South and Symphony Place:

Sign at Symphony Hall, May 5, 2019.jpg

I walked past this during the pre-draft activities and honestly thought this was something for the draft. Could this be a downtown parking board telling people what garages have spaces? seems like an odd place for that. Maybe it will be some form of programable screen that major events can connect into and display, ala CMA Fest??
 

On 5/13/2019 at 3:26 PM, markhollin said:

The plans for Metro to purchase the Morris Memorial Building are starting to come into focus.  Documents show a committee is vetting a variety of options for the interior of the building, which is currently owned by the National Baptist Convention. appears the city wants to convert the 100-year-old building into an African American history museum covering areas not already covered in the Civil Rights Room at the Downtown Library nor the African aAmerican music Museum being built at 5th & Broadway. This would be primarily on the 2nd floor.  The first floor would feature a 3,500 sq. ft. restaurant and some office space.  The top three floors are still open for debate.  A current draft shows office space on the 3rd floor, and then affordable housing units on the 4th & 5th levels. 

Ashford Hughes, the mayor’s chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer, said in a phone interview Monday that the building was once the epicenter of black commerce in Nashville. That makes preserving it important to the mayor, regardless of costs, Hughes said. With a baseline budget in mind, the committee is focused on narrowing down funding options for the renovation before releasing its final recommendations to Briley early next month, Hughes said.

Cost would be $12.8 million for the building and lot, and approximately 12.2 million for the redevelopment of the spaces. 


PDF of some layout ideas here:

https://media.bizj.us/view/img/11313282/morris-building-draft-study.pdf

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I'm sorry, but for even a draft this seems a bit preposterous! I get having a building with affordable housing have a dedicated revenue stream, but let the ground floor/2nd floor tenant carry that burden. This city needs more affordable housing. Eliminate the office and increase the amount of housing.

Secondly, those unit on the courtyard side of the building are pathetic. A living quarter that is the same depth as an Electrical and Riser Room?? That would be a big fat nope. Affordable housing isn't just about having a place to sleep. These units aren't hotel rooms. People who move into these units are typically doing out of a last resort and need to have a space where they can get back on their feet. Unit 09 shows an example layout of the space and I cry if it is true and am angry at who thinks that is a viable living quarter. People need a space to live, sleep and get their life in order. 

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Lots of folks in places like Boston live in apartments of similar size to unit 9 in the proposed Morris building rehab. (I know because I lived in one of them in Beantown for three months in 2003.) The ability to have a clean, safe, and convenient living space with easy access to transportation via the Music City Central is a great living option for people who have few options in our “It” city. I’m for this project and hope we get more of this type of thing to ease the crunch for those on the lower end of our growing city!

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The smallest apartments that are being built in Boston are economic studios at around 450 SF. Looking at unit 09 I would be shocked if that unit is even 400 SF, also I would not really call it an economic layout. I agree entirely that having a clean, safe and convenient living space is essential for living, but if people are not comfortable, then it won't succeed as living quarters. If we could get something closer to Unit 01 - but as a 1-bedroom version - I believe it would be much more successful. Low-income needs to feel less like  tenements and more like havens for people.

Quite honestly too, people that typically live in the smaller units have places they can go because they can afford to. people living in these units are most likely going from home to work and back to home and pinching every single penny as they go. This units should be comfortable apartments. not tight hotel rooms. These are not spaces just for sleep, but rather Sleep, Live, Rebound, Get yourself back on track. 

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My apartment (above the UPS store) in the building pictured below was probably about 250 square feet. I could reach everything in the fridge while sitting on the end of the bed. I was delighted to have the place at a reasonable cost in such a pricey city. 

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My first apartment in Atlanta was 17' x 17' which if I did my math right is only 289 square feet.  I loved that place and was there for 2 years.  I would've stayed, too, if my job hadn't taken me elsewhere.  There are times I wish I still lived in a small place.  I saved a pile of money not just on rent but since I had very little storage space, I didn't buy much "stuff."  Lots of people these days enjoy living in such small spaces, note the whole "tiny house" movement.  IKEA has fantastic showroom displays of how to furnish small apartments.

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This is a 300 square foot floor plan:

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The floor plan of a 324 square foot apartment:

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I was talking with a colleague who works specifically with affordable housing and she did pass some information along that helps put the Morris Building into perspective for me....

The state housing authority THDA's minimum size guidelines:

  • SRO units: Shall contain at least 150 square feet (common kitchen/ bath)
  • Efficiency units: Shall contain at least 400 square feet
  • One-bedroom units: Shall contain at least 600 square feet
  • Two-bedroom units: Shall contain at least 800 square feet
  • Three-bedroom units: Shall contain at least 1,000 square feet
  • Four-bedroom units: Shall contain at least 1,100 square feet

The current layout of the Morris building appears to be best suited for the SRO units, where essentially the individual units aspects would be bedroom/workspaces and then have a communal kitchen and common space. Residents could have their own space to organize their life in the 150/200 square feet and then have a larger kitchen living commons on each floor. It's a little more  boarding house style, but that is probably the most efficient use of the space. All the examples of the IKEA tiny house is a single space, square, efficient layout. A lot of the spaces in the Morris building are long and rectangular and are harder to use efficiently.

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