May Town Center. The Nashville Medical Trade Center. A guitar-shaped office tower. All three were ambitious projects. All three elicited skepticism from the start.
Now another proposed major and distinctive development is spurring questions.
Earlier this week, The Tennessean reported that a group of Nashville investors called McIntyre Ventures is preparing to purchase 7.5 acres of SoBro property owned by the United Methodist Publishing House and running along Eight Avenue South and Demonbreun Street. McIntyre envisions a “creative campus” called Pantheon Park that would include include, among other elements, a performance hall, recording studios and offices geared toward musicians, writers, IT types, gamers, coders, videographers and the like.
Of note, local journalist Milt Capps reported in September of last year that McIntyre was interested in such a project and was targeting downtown — with no site revealed at the time.
We contacted Tom Baldridge of McIntyre Ventures to learn more about his plans. Specifically, we asked about a timetable for the project, who will provide financing (land costs alone could hit $30 million), how Pantheon Park might be developed in stages and if some of the site’s existing architecturally significant buildings might be adaptively reused. The project’s website offers very little in the way of details (the rendering pictured here is taken from the site).
Baldridge kept his response brief, simply noting the team — which includes Tuck Hinton Architects — is looking at every option for the buildings on the site. He declined to comment further, saying his team is “not prepared to release any more information than what is out there already.”
We’re thinking that won’t quiet the skeptics.