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Fairlane Hotel | Manuel Zeitlen remodel

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A while back WW had an article on the Hotel Oliver coming to Nashville, and the building they were looking at was the 12 story monolithic building on 3rd and Union which has no windows on the south side facade. 

 

It appears something is being done inside albeit not much. Has anyone heard of this recently? With a dozen or more older buildings being rehabilitated, and the announcement of the Noel Hotel and the Museum Hotel, it would seem this project could be in the near future.

 

There is also a possibility that floors could be added to the structure, at least a nice decorative cap for height and definition with nice signage on top. 

 

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John, you know of and hear about a lot more details than I do, but are you sure you're not referring to the 70's midrise at the corner of 4th and Union?  I seem to recall some proposal about that building a few years back.  The classical building you mention at 3rd and Union is already condos (no?).  And that one does have windows on the south facade. 

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John, you know of and hear about a lot more details than I do, but are you sure you're not referring to the 70's midrise at the corner of 4th and Union?  I seem to recall some proposal about that building a few years back.  The classical building you mention at 3rd and Union is already condos (no?).  And that one does have windows on the south facade. 

You are correct, 4th and Union! My bad.

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Since this renovation is underway, thought we could bring this topic back up.

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I hear this is about to start as well. WW and a few others recently had articles about the legal troubles with this property and it has been a 2 year delay.

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They have started work inside the building. I look to see this ramp up any time now.

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This will be a great remodel. I get as excited about the remodels as I do the new projects, especially if they have the greta signage on top. This is a great location for a hotel! These are the same people that did the Oliver in Knoxville.

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I think of this when I hear the term "fairlane"

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Like the one at which I used to drink every Sunday mid-afternoon, In Norfolk Va. on N. Military Hywy, some 30 years ago (it too bit the dust :angry:).  I'm sure that there probably 200 or more Fairlanes tucked away throughout the country back in the '60s, not to mention the 1000's of the Found-On-Road-Dead versions since the mid-'50s, that ended up in the balers at the likes of Steiner-Liff (PSC).
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No news on this for months. WW did say the developer is slowly moving inside, but I have not noticed any movement in this place since people moved out 3-4 years ago. It may have been as much as 5-10 years ago since this was occupied.

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25 minutes ago, RonCamp said:

Movement is taking place inside.  It's going to be an incredible project - with at least one additional, very exciting component that has yet to be announced publicly.   

A 500 foot spire on top making it the tallest structure in Nashville?

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Something "over the top" for the blank wall facing south?

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On March 1, 2016 at 11:02 AM, RonCamp said:

Movement is taking place inside.  It's going to be an incredible project - with at least one additional, very exciting component that has yet to be announced publicly.   

I have heard so I will not say anything. I first started this thread in May 2014, so this has taken a very long while.

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I have long thought this is an attractive building, especially for one built in the late 1960s. 

 

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Yes. The second half of the 20th Century really did a "number" on most cities.  Basically, it's clear that the old bones (street and block dimensions) were simply too small for the monstrosities that came along during that era. Still happening, but with much more creativity than was done back in the day.. where whole blocks were leveled just to put up another bland office tower.  What comes to my mind is the stretch of Avenue of Americas in midtown Manhattan. 

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On March 1, 2016 at 3:47 PM, MLBrumby said:

I have long thought this is an attractive building, especially for one built in the late 1960s. 

 

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Original home to Fidelity Federal when Judd Collins used to do their commercials. Opened in 1968 I believe when this was still considered a tall building.

On March 1, 2016 at 4:02 PM, MLBrumby said:

Yes. The second half of the 20th Century really did a "number" on most cities.  Basically, it's clear that the old bones (street and block dimensions) were simply too small for the monstrosities that came along during that era. Still happening, but with much more creativity than was done back in the day.. where whole blocks were leveled just to put up another bland office tower.  What comes to my mind is the stretch of Avenue of Americas in midtown Manhattan. 

Yep, one 50 story tower after another in Manhattan. So many huge skyscrapers over 600 feet I cannot even count them overtime I go up there.

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From today's Nashville Post:

Nashville-based hotel developer BNA Associates has landed a $15 million loan related to work on its 13-story boutique hotel The Fairlane, Nashville Business Journal reports. Hopkinsville, Kentucky-based Planters Bank provided the loan.

The hotel, which will see the adaptive reuse of a modernist former office building with an address of 401 Union St., will offer 73 rooms. Philip Welker oversees BNA Associates, with Nashville-based Crain Construction handling the construction manager role.

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With only 73 rooms their rate projections must be really high. They won't be able to have many amenities due to the size of the building so they will have to make up with product design and service. This one will be interesting to watch, from a hotelier's perspective.

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They will have a fairly significant non-room rev component.

19 hours ago, memphian said:

With only 73 rooms their rate projections must be really high. They won't be able to have many amenities due to the size of the building so they will have to make up with product design and service. This one will be interesting to watch, from a hotelier's perspective.

 

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