Dallas-based Phoenix Property Co. will request a modification to the Metro's Music Row Urban Design Overlay in its efforts to develop a seven-story, 194-unit residential building with some ground-floor retail.
The company has created PPC Land Ventures for the effort and has submitted various images (see one below) to the Metro Planning Department. No name for the proposed project is included with the Metro documents.
The Metro Planning Commission will vote on the request Thursday. Phoenix Property has enlisted Nashville-based Littlejohn Engineering Associates to handle the UDO change request (read here), which includes height and parking garage considerations. Jason Runnels, Phoenix Property executive vice president and principal, could not be reached for comment.
If constructed, the building would sit on a three-parcel Midtown site located catty-corner from Off Broadway Shoes and currently home to a surface parking lot and a non-descript building.
The parcels are located at 105, 107 and 109 16th Ave. S. on the east and are bordered by McGavock Street on the south and 17th Avenue on the west. The site is located within the Metro Development and Housing Agency’s Arts Center Redevelopment District and, as such, the MDHA Design Review Committee will need to approve the building’s exterior design.
Check Phoenix Property's work here.
The Hilton Nashville Downtown hotel is slated to received major renovations to its lobby and mezzanine meeting room level. Atlanta-based The Winter Construction Co. has the permit to handle the work, the cost of which is about $2 million. The hotel, which has already seen extensive rehab and improvements the past year, is located at 121 Fourth Ave. S. in SoBro.
Law firm Bass Berry & Sims has rolled out a new look that replaces its red-and-gray color combo with a black-and-blue scheme that includes a compass and the tagline "Centered to Deliver." The firm also has upgraded its client extranet system in the process. To revamp its image and site, Bass worked with D.C.-based interactive brand design agency Greenfield/Belser, local advertising and design firm Delevante Creative and One North Interactive out of Chicago.
Lydia DePillis at The Washington Post has taken a deep look at the "new manufacturing industry" in the United States through the lens of how Nissan is working with staffing company Yates Services. It's a good read that speaks to the effects of global competition, the continued struggles of organized labor in the South and the quandaries facing families with jobs that would have made them solidly middle-class not that long ago.
Tennessee went from having 51,867 temporary workers in 2009 to 80,990 in 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics -- while median wages have stayed flat. That accounts for nearly all of Tennessee's job growth since the recession, and makes up 3.61 percent of all jobs in the state, second only to South Carolina. In Tennessee's burgeoning manufacturing industry, it's even higher, going from 15 percent of all jobs in 2002 to 26 percent in 2012.
The latest U.S. News & World Report Best Law Schools ranking has Vanderbilt Law School tied for 16th in the country with UCLA. That's down a spot from 2013 but right in line with where the school has scored over the past five years. The University of Tennessee School of Law, however, slipped to 72nd from 61st last year.
Also landing on U.S. News' top 25 lists for Vanderbilt are the Owen Graduate School of Management, the Peabody College of Education and Human Development and its School of Medicine. The engineering school also did well, climbing to its highest-ever spot. Here's VU's release.
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A Texas office suites company says it will open its first location in Tennessee in West End's American Center complex this summer. The team behind BusinesSuites says customers will be able to lease space for short periods of time here and have access to their 26 other locations in Texas, Nevada, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
Editor's note: This is the first post from the Nashville Health Care Council's 2014 Leadership Health Care Delegation to Washington. Look for more content in the coming days and click here for other entries from past years' visits.
As the 2014 election season begins to heat up, nearly 100 of Nashville’s emerging health care leaders have gathered in our nation’s capital to get an inside look at the health policy discussions that will shape the mid-term elections and affect the industry throughout 2014 and beyond. During the first day of sessions at the 12th Annual Leadership Health Care Delegation to Washington, D.C., delegates heard from a slate of speakers about topics ranging from health insurance exchange enrollment to new payment and delivery models to patient engagement.
Michael Ramlet, founder and editor of digital media company “The Morning Consult,” kicked off the delegation by discussing what he predicts will be a key factor for the industry and politicians in the coming months — whether insurance exchange enrollment will reach the Obama administration’s projected goal of 7 million. With enrollment estimates now above 4 million and a new set of data expected in the weeks ahead, these figures will help determine whether the ACA can be considered effective.
However, Ramlet (pictured at right) noted that one of the biggest, yet under-reported stories of 2014 has been the number of health insurance exchange enrollees — one in five — who have failed to pay their premiums, meaning they don’t actually have coverage. And keynote speaker Dora Hughes, senior policy advisor in the government strategies group of law firm Sidley Austin (pictured), noted that there will be an estimated 5 million individuals who will not be able to get coverage because their states are not expanding Medicaid or they do not qualify for premium subsidies but still cannot afford premium costs.
The expansion of coverage under the ACA was cited as the best part of the law by a panel of policy experts, although they argued that issues such as timing of the individual mandate and the Supreme Court ruling that made state Medicaid expansion optional have created challenges across the industry.
“What keeps me up at night is coverage expansion, and that it hasn’t happened as quickly as we would have hoped,” said Mary Ella Payne, senior vice president of policy and system legislative leadership for Ascension Health. “We don’t have coverage in Tennessee with the expansion of Medicaid and…many states have not expanded coverage. Related to that are delays that we have been seeing in moving to ACA-compliant plans and delays in the marketplace for small companies.”
Tom Nickels, senior VP of federal relations for the American Hospital Association, said although insurance coverage levels are “nowhere near what we had hoped,” he expects it will take a three-year timeframe for coverage to reach desired levels through Medicaid and the exchanges.
“So I think judgment ought to be suspended at least until we get to the end of 2016,” he said.
In the meantime, Hughes noted that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Innovation Center is working on more than 40 models for improving care delivery in terms of cost and quality, such as accountable care organizations and bundled payments. And although there are more than 260 active ACOs around the country, reports on their effectiveness so far have been mixed.
But one thing is certain. Health care will have a leading role in the 2014 elections.
Ramlet pointed to a poll that shows independent voters evenly spit on which of the major parties they trust more on health care issues. Because of that split, what happens in the months ahead — with exchange enrollment and the perceived value of the health plans, provider experiences, and whether employers drop coverage in favor of pushing employees to exchanges — will be critical.
“There will probably be three big issues,” Ramlet said. “The economy, health care, and the third is open to debate… but health care, you can be sure, will be a major election issue.”
Nashville-based Jumpstart Foundry was named one of the 15 best business accelerators in the nation, according to CrunchBase data and original reporting presented Monday at SXSW. MIT professor Yael Hochberg and Susan Cohen of the University of Richmond and the University of Virginia compiled the results, ranking Jumpstart 14th.
The accelerators were measured using several criteria, including the valuations their portfolio companies achieved in the years after graduation, the number of exits an accelerator had, the ability of companies to receive additional financing after they left the program and opinions of venture investors and graduation entrepreneurs.
Just last month, the business incubator became an independent entity after leaving Solidus.
Find CrunchBase's full list here.