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For the first time in our Nashville Urban Planet Meet-Up’s 14 year history, we are not gathering physically, but via Zoom this Saturday, May 2nd from 10 AM to noon Central Time. If you would like to participate, please send me your e-mail address via private message by Friday evening, May 1st, and we will get you the particulars for logging on.  It will be great seeing/hearing from members scattered around the country and globe. There may be some hiccups  along the way in this digital realm, but let’s all be patient as we work our way through the process together.  Once everyone is logged-in on Sat. morning, we will go over a few ground rules to help with the communication flow.
 

  • Meet any new folks in attendance.
     
  • Cranes up: Sixth South (2), 19th & Broadway, Vandy Tower (3rd), Nashville Warehouse Co. 
     
  • Cranes down:  Vandy Tower (1 of 3), 5th & Broadway Office Tower 
     
  • Total cranes currently up in Davidson County: 34; so far this year: 40
  • Topped Out: Amazon One Tower (23 stories), Vandy Tower (21), Element Hotel OneC1TY (6), Linden Row (4), Avid Hotel (4), Elm Hill Flats (3), Lindsley Place (3)


    AGENDA: 

     
  • Forum leadership is in agreement that since the Coronavirus Pandemic is so overarching and complex, it would be difficult to try and have group discussion in this virtual format without getting deep in the weeds.  There has been plenty of discourse in the news, as well as within our thread entitled “Economic Conditions - Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. and Global.”  And this includes plenty of opinions on how things are being handled medically, scientifically, socially, and economically.  Since this is a forum committed to development in Nashville, let’s agree that we simply don’t know the long term effects that Covid19 will have on our area, or, for that matter, Nashville’s budget woes as a result of the virus AND the tornado damage from early March.  But one thing is certain: construction is still booming, and many announcements are being made daily of new projects coming in the pipeline.  It would appear that the development sector is remaining quite bullish on Nashville. So, let’s focus on these elements for our meeting.  Perhaps with time we will be better able to get perspective on the big picture, but let’s fix our eyes on what we can observe clearly now.
     
  • We finally have renderings and diagrams for the massive Circle South project.  Only one shows the residential tower (looks to be 34 stories, about 330'), but the bulk of what has been released is regarding the 30 story, 418', 535,000 sq. ft. office tower, that will include 15,000 sq. ft. of retail space on ground level, and inclusive of 11 levels of parking (3 below ground) totaling around 1,700 spaces (314 of which will be public parking).Newly appointed architects Gresham Smith and Hawkins Partners, along with Lincoln Financial (the developers) will go before Metro Planning Commission Downtown Code Design Review Committee on May 28th to seek bonus height for the site which is currently zoned for just 16 floors. 
     
  • Ritz Carlton is rumored as possible replacement at One KVB  site (SE pie piece off of KVB and Lafayette at Music City Roundabout).  No size or developer known yet.
     
  • Flank Inc. will build a 25 story tower with 380 residential units and multiple retail units totaling 30,700 sq. ft. at this site to be known as Gibson Residences as an ode to the Gibson (Valley Arts) building that will be torn down to make way.There will be a 6 story pedestal running the entire length of 12th Ave. North between Church and Grundy that will include 5 levels of parking. ESa will be the architect. Ragan-Smith Assoc. will handle engineering/land planning, and Hawkins Partners will be the landscape architects.Other features will include an amenities deck (located on the second floor above the retail fronting Church) with a fitness center, a sports lounge, a library, a kitchen, social lounges, meeting rooms and a swimming pool. Renderings available.
     
  • More details have been released for the Reed District: 6 buildings ranging (although another document said there may be 8 towers)from 19 to 39 stories. Section 1 of the site seemingly would offer a 39-story residential/hotel high-rise on the northwest corner of 15th Avenue North and and Broadway. This apparently will be an L-shaped structure. Also in that section is seen a 27-story office tower positioned at the southwest corner of 15th and  Hayes Street and a 26-story office building located at the northeast corner of 15th and Broadway. Section 2 of the site seemingly would offer a 19-story office tower located in the middle of Hayes Street between 15th and 16th avenues. That section also shows a 39-story residential/hotel high-rise and a 27-story office building with a shared base. The buildings would be oriented north/south, with the 27-floor structure fronting Broadway and the 37-story tower positioned at southeast corner of Hayes and 16th intersection. Some rough diagrams available.
     
  • 127 Rosa Parks will now be a 23 story tower with 426 hotel rooms under several unknown brands, meetings rooms, 6,500 sq. ft. of restaurant/retail space, and an above-ground garage with a 200 car capacity. No residential units are part of the plan anymore.  No word on financing or construction timeline. The new plans have been filed with Metro, but no word on when a vote would be held for approval because of the Coronavirus shutdown. Earl Swensson Assoc., will be the architects, Ragan-Smith will handle civil engineering, Bell and Assoc. will be the contractor, Wimberly Interiors will handle interior design. A new rendering available.
     
  • The Speedwagon property at SW corner Rosa L. Parks Blvd. and Church St. has had core drilling this month.  Rumors are a 28 story structure on that site.
     
  • Michael Hayes/Ragland full block surface lot site at KVB and 2nd Ave. has had core drilling this month.  No word on what might be going on long term on this premier site in downtown.
     
  • A couple new renderings fro Sixth South (11 & 12 stories, 297 units) are available.
     
  • Cornerstone Square, the 7 story, 48,000 sq. ft. 1894-era brick building at 530 Church St. (once home to Harvey's Dept. Store) is going to be rehabbed into a short-term rental hotel on its 2nd, 5th, and 6th floors. Currently those levels are used for office space. Maddox Development LLC is the owner and is proposing the changes to Metro Planning and MDHA for review. In 2014 there was a major exterior update renovation to the structure. 
     
  • Not sure exactly what this is, but Atlanta's Two Capital Partners has landed a $13.4 million construction loan tied to the 5 story building at 211 7th Ave. North.  They plan to build 58 one-bedroom residential units on the address of 213 7th Ave. North, which is currently a courtyard space.  No renderings or further details.
     
  • A homeless transition housing and training center is being planned by the Mayor's office at the NW corner of Gay St. and 2nd Ave. North (505 2nd Ave. North).  Originally this was going to have 92 apartments, but is slightly larger now.  No rendering available yet. When this was first conceived it was to be part of a land swap with Tony Giarrantana's Paramount Tower land swap, but has since been placed on this small city-owned parcel.
     
  • Manek Management announces that the hotel brand will be Radisson RED for the 333 Union St. boutique project, featuring 116 rooms, plus a basement speakeasy-style bar, and the aforementioned rooftop bar.  There will be 7 stories built atop the existing four story 1954-era building. DAV Construction will be the contractor. Founded in 2015, the Radisson RED brand has hotels in Minneapolis, Portland (Oregon), Lima (Peru) and Campinas (Brazil), Cape Town (South Africa) and Glasgow (United Kingdom), among other cities. There are also RED hotels under development in Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Renderings available.
     
  • NES is offering for sale a .71 acre lot at 1919 10th Ave. North that could fetch in the $15 million range.  There is a substation on the lot that is being replaced by a new substation a block away. Metro Planning Department Downtown Code zoning allows for a tower of up to 30 floors (with bonus height available) on the property, which is located within feet of the Church Street Viaduct. 
     
  • Heaven's Door, the Bob Dylan-themed distillery being planned for the historic church building at 410 Elm St., may include a boutique hotel at 625 4th Ave. South, which the owners also have secured. "Our plan is to develop a boutique hotel concept that is harmonious with the distillery and art center," said Marc Bahula, who is teaming up with Bob Dylan on the project.  "In conversations with prospective hotel operators they have been excited and have asked if the projects can be fully integrated," he said. "We have paused to say, ‘What could that look like?’ We want a bespoke concept and design."Our most likely course of action is to renovate the church proper as the art center and open it first," he added."There are a lot of components to this project. We added some elements and subtracted others. We originally had designed a live performance space with raked seating and balconies. Now we have redesigned it as an all-purpose venue with high ceilings.” Bashuala and Dylan have raised $35 million form additional investors for the project.  They have not announced a start date as of yet.
     
  • HG Hill Realty has purchased the final .2 acre sliver of the full block at 416 Jefferson St. (between 4th and 5th Avenues) in Germantown.  With the $1.3 million purchase they now control all 3 acres and have created Hill Center Germantown LLC.  At the very end of 2019, H.G. Hill filed water and sewer permit documents with Metro that point to the kind of mixed-use development the company might build. Those plans, submitted by Barge Cauthen & Associates for just the piece of land at 416 Jefferson St., called for a 31,000-square-foot grocery store, a 105,000-square-foot office building and a bit of additional retail space. Those plans do not describe a specific planned project but instead reflect the maximum of what H.G. Hill is allowed to build under that property's current zoning.Hampton Crane, which had been leasing from HG Hill on 60% of the site, was destroyed by the tornado last month and has been fully razed.
     
  • IMT Germantown (formerly Broadstone Germantown, 5 stories, 276 units) will undergo partial demolition and rehab after the tornado damage from earlier in March. A $400,000 permit has been granted to Kustom U.S. to handle the demo.
     
  • The late 1800's-era Geist House building at 311 Jefferson St. which was severely damaged in the tornado will be saved, and both restaurant tenants Geist Bar + Restaurant, and Neighbors Sports Bar plan to return.  They were able to save 75% of the original brick, and intend to use as much as possible to restore the original facade. Completion time may be early summer.  Case Restoration Co. has been granted a $250,000 permit for the restaurant portion. Unfortunately, the Onyx Building (at 624 Jefferson St.) home to a cleaner business and The Lab, is beyond saving and will be razed. 
     
  • MetroCenter Flats (4 buildings, 3 stories, 118 units) appears to be ready to launch by AH Nashville Development LLC on the empty 6.3 acre site at 339 Athens Way near MetroCenter.  Construction Enterprises Inc. will be the general contractor, with Bernard L. Weinstein & Associates as the architect, DBS and Associates Engineering, and Heibert + Ball Land Design. No renderings available yet.
     
  • One of The Gulch's visionaries, Bill Barkley, has a large development in mind for the 9.5 acre Nashville Pottery & Pipe Works property at 515 Foster St. in Cleveland Park. It would entail a 12 story residential tower (490 units),  an 8 story boutique hotel (125 rooms), conversion of the massive 1890s-era former factory into 155,000 sq. ft. of office, retail, restaurant space.He has formed Foster Street Partners with Emerald Real Estate Partners for the development.  Manuel Zeitlin will be the architect.  Some massing diagrams available. 
     
  • The building that once was home to the Gerst House on .67 acre at 301 Woodland St. is going to be demolished by the owner Nitesh Patel, a hotelier.  American Excavating and Grading Co. will handle the job with a $20,000 permit.  No word yet on Patel's plans for the site. 
     
  • MDHA has purchased another piece of property for the ongoing redevelopment of the Envision Cayce neighborhood. The .7 acre corner lot at 600 Shelby Ave. that has been home to a Family Dollar store has been bought for $1.625 million.
     
  • Vanderbilt University has published a proposed masterplan image regarding the future Phase Two of its graduate and professional student "housing village.” The image shows the location and how its buildings could possibly be oriented in relation to each other and the Midtown streets that will create its border. The image shows three existing buildings on the site —Barbizon Apartments and the Center Building (both located on Broadway) and a building housing the VU Counseling Center at 2015 Terrace Place — could be demolished. A historic former home at 2007 Terrace Place and that accommodates the VU Office of Community, Neighborhood and Gov't Relations is seen remaining in the image. Phase Two would be bordered by Terrace Place on the north, 20th Avenue on the east, Broadway on the south and 21st Avenue on the west. 
     
  • The Moore Building (15 stories, 220,000 sq. ft. office space) has finalized the $8.2 million purchase of the site at 19th Ave. South & Chet Atkins Place.  Despite also having the $118 million loan in place for construction, due to Covid-19 pandemic, the developers are pausing on start of construction until the economy gets on firmer footing.
     
  • Holiday Inn Express Elliston Place (8 stories tall, 168 rooms, internal garage) will be the Triumph property hotel where the Louise Douglass Apartments now stand.  The site is already zoned for a hotel, so there’s not much anyone can do to stop the charming brick buildings from coming down.  A fall start is being planned for the project. Renderings available.
     
  • Rock Block Flats will be a 7 story, 30 unit residential project by Tony Giarratana that will rise behind the 1920s-era strip of storefronts along the south side of the 2200 block of Elliston Place. It will stand about 80 feet tall. Southeast Venture will handle the architectural work. The addresses of the property are 2201, 2205 and 2209 Elliston Place. Giarratana will need to acquire the property, which also offers surface parking. He will purchase both the building and the lot, with a July closing slated. Various Metro approvals will be necessary, including a rezoning. No price tag has yet been disclosed. Renderings available.
     
  • AMEC (African Methodist Episcopal Church) Publishing is planning a 3 story,  11,400 sq. ft. HQ on 1.3 acres at 912 13th Ave. South. For many years they were on the side at 8th Ave. South near Lafayette that will now be part of the massive Circle South complex. 
     
  • A 3 story office building (no square footage supplied) will be built on the surface lot at 1912 Acklen Ave., across the street to the east from the Post Office in Hillsboro Village.  Stephen DiLeo is the developer. Anderson Architects is handling design, but no rendering is available yet.  Metro Planning Commission permission will be sought in June.
     
  • 915 Hawkins will be a 4 story office building of unknown square footage on the .85 acre site at 915-930 Hawkins St. to be developed by Pearlmark and Lincoln Financial.  Gresham Smith will be the architect. The team will go before the Metro Planning Commission on May 28 to seek a specific plan rezoning to allow for the project. A simple render is available.
     
  • 2125 8th Ave. South will be a 4 story mixed-use structure on the narrow 1/5th acre site of the same address.  The first floor will be be leased by Atlantic Union Bank's home loan division, and floors 2-4 will have 6 apartments, and will have a rooftop deck. Several years ago a 3 story iteration had been proposed.  Brendan Donelson is the developer and Root Arch is now the architect.
     
  • Hagan & Hamilton will be mixed-use development of a 3 structures (3, 4 & 5 stories) featuring 220 residential units, an internal garage, and some restaurant/retail space. Profitt Dixon out of Charlotte is the developer, and has the L-shaped property where Queen's Tree Surgery is currently located, under contract. EOA will be the architects, with Hawkins Partners handling landscape architecture, and Civil Site Design in charge of engineering and land planning.  The team will go before the Metro Planning Commission on Thursday, May 28th, to seek a specific plan rezoning. Massing render is available.
     
  • Demo is FINALLY underway of old exhibit buildings at Fairgrounds to make way for the 30,000 seat soccer stadium. May 2022 finish date is being planned.
     
  • Westplan's Accent Nolensville (two 4 story apartment buildings with 236 units) at 2165 Nolensville Pike near the fairgrounds has finalized a $27.8 million loan from Citizens Bank.  Hardaway Construction will be the contractor. Work is underway.
     
  • Urban View West will be  several 3 story structures with at least 22 units on .8 acre at 3308-3312 Charlotte Ave. It is on the north side of Charlotte, midway between 33rd and 35th Avenues. An LLC with the same name purchased the property in Aug. 2019 for $2.85 million. Catalyst design will be the architect.  No rendering available yet. 
     
  • Golden Manor is the tentative name for a residential project at 615 Spruce St. to be developed by Wood Partners that will offer 231 units. Most likely it will be at least 3 stories tall. The long-empty lot  (directly east of the just-completed conversion of the 1865-era Tobacco Barn into condos) had been eyed by Provident Realty for a 300 unit development.  Dynamik Design is the architect, and Kimley-Horn & Assoc. is assisting with land planning/engineering. 
     
  • Alta Union will be the name of a 4 story, 284 unit residential development by Wood Partners on 6 acres at 5800 Centennial Blvd. in The Nations.  It will also include 7,500 sq. ft. of indoor amenities, a pool, and 1,600 sq. ft. of rooftop terraces, and the largest dog park in area. Construction is due to start in early May (which includes the demo of Full Circle Disposal), and the project is slated to open in the summer of 2021. A new rendering (the first one shown below) has been made available.
     
  • 6100 Robertson Ave. will be another reinvention of an industrial brick structure into commercial space along with 24 new townhomes by Nathan Lyons of Vintage South (Stocking 51, Highland Yards, Eastwood Village). The single story, 26,500 sq. ft. structure is currently home to Proctor Marble and Granite, and was built in 1970. An existing 202 space surface lot on the west side of the property would serve tenants.
     
  • The 4.25 acre site at 649 Vernon Ave. has been purchased by Elmington Capital Group for $2.6 million.  Rumors are that a 40 unit townhome development is being planned.
  • Brentwood Skyline will be a 7 story, 195 unit residential project on 6.5 acres on near the I-65/Old Hickory Blvd exit. 
     
  • The 3.1 acre site at 1600 Lebanon Pike has been purchased for $1.4 million by a partnership affiliated with BNA Investments for a different residential project.  The plan is for a 4 story building with 63 condos and 16 separate townhomes.  No name for the development has been given, and no rendering made available yet.  Bernard L. Weinstein & Associates is the architect.  No word on when it will get underway or projected opening date.
     
  • Vintage Century Farms (two 4 story buildings, 212 residences, 28 office suites) is planned for 4000 block of Cane Ridge Parkway as part of Century Farms. Early 2020 completion date planned.  Renderings available.
     
  • TriStar Century Farms Emergency Room (2 stories) is underway in Antioch.
     
  • Waterleaf of Antioch will be four 4 story and eight 3 story residential buildings with 364 units on 18 acres at 2901 Old Franklin Rd. Completion planned for 2022.


    NASHVILLE REMAINS HOT:

     
  • Nashville Airport had 1.33 million passengers in January, up 13.1% over Jan. of 2019.
     
  • The airport had 1.34 million passengers in February. Up 14% over last year. 
     
  • Cloud One out of Vancouver, Washington has the opening of a new call center in Nashville that will create 320 new jobs.  CloudOne provides auto dealerships with customer service infrastructure to facilitate new and used car sales.  They will locate its future local operations in a building called The Oaks, located at 1101 Kermit Drive in South Nashville.
     
  • 4 page feature on Nashville in March issue of American Way in-flight magazine of American Airlines.
     
  • March home sales in the Nashville area rose 3.4% compared to March of 2019. Average sale price was $330,000 (up 8%) for a house, and was $240,238 (up 3%) for a condo.
     
  • Nashville selected as one of the 20 Top Destinations in the World for 2020 by Forbes.
     
  • Conde Nast also selects Nashville as on the of Top 20 Places to Visit in 2020.
     
  • A major PGA tournament may be in the works for Nashville.  Scott Ramsey of the Nashville Sports Council has been leading the charge.  

If everyone is pleased with this virtual Meet-Up production, we will try it again on Saturday, June 6th at the same time.  We’ll try to clean up any bugs of the process and make improvements.   Thanks again to Craig Patrick Clark, Bob Phelps, and Ron Brewer for their help behind the scenes to make this all happen.   : ) 

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A few other items of note you may want to add Mark.

Renderings released for Circle South with possible second building.

Possible Ritz Carlton on KVB round about.

Reed site floor count up to 39 stories.

 

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6 minutes ago, smeagolsfree said:

A few other items of note you may want to add Mark.

Renderings released for Circle South with possible second building.

Possible Ritz Carlton on KVB round about.

Reed site floor count up to 39 stories.

 

Thirty-nine... but gawdhelpusNO if it reached 40... can I get an "Amen"? 

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Our Virtual Meet-Up was so successful last month that we'll be doing it again via Zoom this Saturday, June 6th from 10 AM to noon Central Time. If you would like to participate, please send me your e-mail address via private message by Friday evening, June 5th, and we will get you the particulars for logging on.   We will presume that if you took part in last month's virtual meet-up, that you will be interested again this month...so no need to send your info again (we kept it from May and will include you automatically for this upcoming meeting.

It will be great seeing/hearing from members
 scattered around the country and globe, as well as many of the Nashville regulars.

A full agenda of discussion items will be. posted here on Wednesday.

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We will have our Monthly Dave Luna Nashville Urban Planet Meet-Up via Zoom this Saturday, June 6th from 10 AM to noon Central Time. If you would like to participate (and were not already sent an e-mail invite yesterday), please send me your e-mail address via private message by no later than Friday evening, June 5th, and we will get you the particulars for logging on.  It will again be great seeing/hearing from members scattered around the country and globe.   Once everyone is logged-in on Sat. morning, we will go over a few ground rules to help with the communication flow.

           INITIAL BUSINESS:

  • Meet any new folks in attendance.
     
  • Get reports from anyone who traveled to other cities in the past few weeks for quick overviews of what they experienced.
     
  • Cranes up: Vandy Tower (3rd of 3), The Haven
     
  • Cranes down: none 
     
  • Total cranes currently up in Davidson County: 33; so far this year: 42
     
  • Topped Out: Vandy Tower (21 stories), Home2Suites MetroCenter (5), Lyric at Cleveland Park (3), Element Gulch, Phase II (3),  3206 West End Circle (3)


AGENDA: 

  • Albion will be a 21 story residential/office tower will be built on the 1.3 acre site at 645 Division St. (in between Frugal McDoogal and The Haven), and butting up against the I-65/I-40 interchange on the southern loop.  Chicago-based Albion Residential is under contract for the site at $15.5 million. Tim Reynolds is selling it for a handsome profit on his $8.9 million purchase in 2018. There will be 430 residential units, 29,650 sq. ft. of office space, 5,550 sq. ft. of retail, and a 364 capacity garage. The Metro Planning Commission will vote on a rezoning to allow for the development on Thursday, June 25. Renderings available.
     
  • 909 Division has new details: 16 stories (19 if counting all the parking levels above ground) from rendering and diagram; 215,000 sq. ft. of office space; 342 apartments; and 860 capacity garage. Goes before Metro Planning Commission on June 25th for approval. Some additional renderings available.
     
  • Rutledge Flats will be an 8 story, 174 micro-unit residential project at 622-626 3rd Ave. South, that will include 1,030 sq. ft. of retail space on the ground floor. Originally, 146 units was the goal.  Eagle Rock Ventures and Mathews Company are joint developers and Hastings Architecture is handling design. Micro apartment units typically are no larger than 250 square feet and, in the largest cities, are often smaller than 150 square feet. The building's exterior will be primarily metal and concrete. Eagle Rock will swap their land at 628-630 Third Ave. S. with Fresh Hospitality, which owns the neighboring land at 626-626 Third Ave South. As a result, Rutledge Flats would be built on that site, with Fresh gaining land that borders another property the company owns elsewhere on the same block.
     
  • RMH House will be a 6 story mixed use structure on the .3 acre triangular lot at 94 Peabody St. (bordered on east by Hermitage Ave., and west by 1st Ave. South). It will feature two floors of retail/restaurant space, and 4 stories of residential, which may be short term rentals. Most of the building will be brick and metal cladding. A Texas LLC affiliated with Good Smoke Restaurant Group bought the site for $2.1 million in 2014. They have hired Centric Architecture for design and Ragan-Smith Associates for land planning and engineering.
     
  • A Roy Orbison Museum is coming to an unidentified site on 2nd Ave. in 2021.  The museum will use artifacts from Orbison’s career that are currently being stored in The Orbison Building at 1625 Broadway, along with other materials they’ll collect from around the world. The attraction will employ 20 people.
     
  • The .23 acre surface lot along Bankers Alley that intersects with Printers Alley with an address of 215 3rd Ave. North is for sale at $4.2 million. The  lot is 32 feet wide and 172 feet deep.  With all of the redevelopment around Printers Alley, along with 7 new boutique hotels and 2 more on the drawing board, this is a hot piece of undeveloped land. 
     
  • The .29 acre site at 617 7th Ave. South is up for sale at $2.9 million.  It features 3 structures with 10,700 sq. ft. of cumulative space (two of them  built in 1899).  This is just to the SE of the Circle South development, and just to the north of Third Man Records. The land is zoned for 11 stories, and a conceptual rendering was offered to show what massing might look like. 
     
  • With the Reed District project (7 or 8 structures ranging from 19 to 39 stories on Jim Reed Chevy site), developer Hines has agreed to height limits on buildings and height limits on above-grade parking on the piece of the Reed site closest to Broadwest (that project's office tower is under construction on the opposite side of 16th Avenue North, which is a three-lane street). Hines also agreed to create more space between what it plans to build on 16th Ave. North and the Broadwest office tower, by placing its future building or buildings further back from the property line. "We have been working feverishly with the Hines group to understand their application and express a few concerns," said Chris Brown (of Probst who is building Broadwest) said at the board meeting. "I'm happy to report we've reached an agreement. … We are in favor of the board approving the applicant's request.” And thus, the Metro Zoning Board did. A new massing render is available.
     
  • Some reconfiguration/new details on Avalon Midtown: Will be 28 stories; 310 room hotel/condo combo instead of primarily residential; Secondary 6 story structure will contain 90,000 sq. ft. office space; Retail space has been cut down to 15,000 sq. ft.; Garage will have 896 car capacity.
     
  • 900 18th Ave. South (9 stories total, 5 story addition on top of 4 story garage, 121,600 sq. ft. office space) update. Metro Board of Zoning Appeals approved the design by co-developers Pearlmark and Lincoln Property.  
     
  • The Metro Board of Zoning Appeals rejected a request for a parking variance related to a hotel proposed for Elliston Place — with more than 2,500 citizens opposing the planned project having submitted signed letters to the city. The hotel would replace the beloved Louise Douglas Apartments on Elliston Place within the Rock Block. A fall start had been eyed but it is unclear how the vote might impact that start date.
     
  • The Alta Foundry will be a 5 story, 231 unit residential project by Wood Real Estate at 615 Spruce St., just east of the Tobacco Barn condo development which opened last year.  Dynamik Design is the architect. Amenities will include a rooftop deck with downtown skyline views, co-working space, a dog park, a fitness center, a pool courtyard with outdoor kitchens, fire pits and grilling stations, etc. 
     
  • Construction should start soon on the Broadstone Nations (numerous structures up to 7 stories, 342 units, and 20,000 sq. ft. Corsair Distillery on 6.3 acres) at 4717 Centennial Blvd. Alliance has fully purchased the site from Darek Bell of Corsair for $10.35 million.  Bell paid $6.8 million for it 2 years ago, realizing a 52% profit. Total cost of construction should be in the $70 million range and all should be complete in 18 to 24 months.
     
  • Taylor Place, Phase II (4 stories, 330 apts., 550 capacity garage, plus 81,000 sq. ft. of office space in two 2 story structures) will be moving forward now that SWH Developers finalized a $93.6 million loan from Wells Fargo. Smith Gee Studio Architects has been announced as the primary tenant in the 2-story 602 Taylor building which is currently u.c. R.C. Mathews will be the contractor. 
     
  • A 3 story, 27 unit townhome development is being planned for 1020 Jefferson St. No developer is listed on Metro records.  Dewey Engineering is working on the plans. 
     
  • A 3 story, 6 unit residential project is being planned for 1025 10th Ave. North in Buena Vista.  
     
  • Embrey partners has a 350 unit apartment complex planned on 10.6 acres at 2820 Dickerson Pike. No further details or rendering yet.
     
  • Porter Hill will be a large mixed-use project on 20 acres at intersection of Porter Rd. and Cahal Ave. that will feature 770 apts. and 30,000 sq. ft. of commercial space in numerous structure ranging up to 5 stories in height. It will include the overhaul of the existing Berkshire Place Apts. and a Dollar General Store. First Cumberland Properties is the developer. 
     
  • The circa-1900 church building at 1700 Fatherland St. has been purchased by artist management company Q-Prime South to be converted into office space for the company. Parts of the building cover 2 floors, and total sq. footage is 10,384.  A permit worth $1.48 million has been issued for Metro Construction Rehab to do the updating.  Centric Architecture is handling the design work along with McKeithan Design.
     
  • A 30,000 sq. ft. (28,000 office, 2,000 retail) project is being put in motion for the 1 acre 937-941 6th Ave. South site by Speedwagon  Properties.  There are currently a 40 year old warehouse structure on the site that  offers almost 15,000 square feet, and it is unclear if it will be razed to accommodate a new structure or if it will be retrofitted with a second floor. A source with knowledge of the property said a new building is the more likely option. 
     
  • The 3 acre property at 441 Humphreys St. that includes the 1840-era Merritt Mansion is up for sale by Kings of Leon, who have a studio in the structure. An unknown buyer has been selected. AJ Capital out of Chicago owns the adjoining 1.2 acre site, so perhaps they’d have a large plan up their sleeve for a contiguous 4+ acres.
     
  • Novel Harpeth Heights is moving forward is moving forward with its plan for a 322 apt./122 townhome development on 21 acres at 615 Old Hickory Blvd, where a one-time Sam's Club once operated. The Charlotte-based Crescent Communities developer has the site under contract, and plans to break ground in the 3rd quarter. 
     
  • 3928 Gallatin Pike will be a 4 story building featuring office/condos by Arty LLC. Smith Gee has done the design. Hope to have approval on specs by Metro Board of Zoning Appeals soon.
     
  • The 808 at Skyline Ridge (seven 2 & 3 story buildings with 178 residential units) on about 15 acres at Old Due West Ave., 1/4 mile east of Dickerson Hwy. seems to be moving forward. 
     
  • The Cove will now be the name of the 26.4 acre residential development featuring 6 buildings and 427 units at 869 West Trinity Lane.  A previous owner of the site had been looking at 62 single family homes on the site. They will go before Metro Council in June and have enlisted Nashville-based Dale & Associates for engineering and land-planning duties. 
     
  • Another proposed redevelopment plan for 65 acre Starwood Amphitheater site that will include 850,000 sq. ft. of warehouse/light industrial use, 80 residential units, and up to 100,000 sq. ft. of retail/restaurant space will go before Metro Council for approval on June 9th.
     
  • Facebook plans for 647 to 809 acre data center in Gallatin that will employ 200 people continues to move forward.



NASHVILLE REMAINS HOT:

  • The Dive Motel and Swim Club  has been named to Conde Nast Traveler’s 2020 Hot List of top hotel openings in the world.
     
  • Davidson County notched $1.12 billion of commercial real estate sales in the first quarter, a haul that wound up just shy of the record set in 2019, according to data crunched by Stephen Prather, broker at Charles Hawkins Co. "The good news is that the Nashville was absolutely booming in the 1st quarter of 2020. The bad news is that March 31st, 2020, seems like a lifetime ago.”
     
  • Franklin was named one of 22 finalists for the 2020 All America City Award by the National Civic League. The All America City Award is given to 10 American communities every year as a way of spotlighting outstanding work taking place in communities across the country.
     
  • NASCAR Cup Series tentatively returning to Nashville Superspeedway in Wilson County in June of 2021. Doesn’t appear to be a one race deal possibly other racing series as well. Dover Raceway (which owns multiple tracks around the country) would most likely lose one of their races in another market favor of Nashville.  



Our next Virtual Meet-Up will be up for discussion: Sat. July 4th or Sat. July 11th?

 

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Looking forward to seeing everyone online tomorrow morning at 10 AM Central Time.  A surprising amount of new projects to discuss. 

Remember, if you haven't given your e-mail to me or Bos2Nash or Smeagolsfree before, you need to do so in order to get the link and sign-in info for the Zoom call.   : )

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Looks like an awesome group!  One of these days on a Saturday I'm off work I look forward to joining!

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Just a reminder that we will not have our Meet-Up on the first Saturday of July (since it is the 4th of July), but rather on Sat., July 11th at 10 AM Central Time.  More details on how to participate via Zoom and agenda coming next week.  : )

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Our Virtual Meet-Ups the past two months have been quite successful, and will be doing it again via Zoom this Saturday, July 11th from 10 AM to noon Central Time. If you would like to participate, please send me your e-mail address via private message by Friday evening, July 10th, and we will get you the particulars for logging on.   We will presume that if you took part in last few months' virtual meet-ups, that you will be interested again this month...so no need to send your info again (we kept it from May and June and will include you automatically for this upcoming meeting).

It will be great seeing/hearing from members scattered around the country and globe, as well as many of the Nashville regulars.    : )

A full agenda of discussion items will be posted here on Wednesday.

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