Crane game

In a sign that Nashville's current construction boom continues in full force, the past few days have seen crane work at various sites.

This past weekend, a tower crane — rising more than 200 feet — was erected at the Midtown site on which Clarksville-based Concord Hospitality Inc. is developing a mixed-use building (rendering at left).

The eight-story building — to anchor the northwest corner of West End and 18th avenues next to Hutton Hotel — will feature a SpringHill Suites and a Residence Inn (both Marriott brands and, combined, to offer 250 rooms), office space, retail (likely including a restaurant) and a 300-car parking garage. Slated for a summer 2014 completion, the project carries a price tag of an estimated $45 million.

In contrast, workers began Monday disassembling the tower crane at the Hyatt Place site in SoBro. Now topped, the building is about 150 feet tall at its zenith. The Hyatt is scheduled to open in December.

Lastly, and as reported here recently, two tower cranes were recently erected at the Gulch site that will be home to Ray Hensler's luxury apartment tower.