North Gulch's Porter Paints to leave for SoBro

The long-discussed redevelopment of a key piece of the North Gulch could take a step forward following the looming razing of a nondescript structure on the otherwise blank land mass that sits north of Charlotte Avenue at 11th.  

The PPG Porter Paints business that operates from the building to be demolished, located at 1112 Charlotte Ave. will move in late August. The building is the last standing within a multi-parcel 32-acre site on which Northwestern Mutual Real Estate Services plans a mixed-use development. To date, Northwestern Mutual has razed multiple buildings, none of architectural significance, on the site.

Officials with Northwestern Mutual and the Franklin office of Boyle Investment Co., which is helping oversee the site’s redevelopment, have not yet said what type project is slated or when that project will start (though many speculate the start will be no earlier than 2014). (Read more here.)

As to PPG Porter Paints, the last day of business at the location will be Aug. 21. At that point, the business will move to the company’s Glidden location at 501 Lafayette St. in SoBro, according to Justin Williams, store group manager of the Nashville market for PPG Architectural Coatings. PPG acquired Glidden in April.

“This will be a duel-branded store selling both PPG Porter Paints and Glidden with Aug. 22 being the first day of business with our new combined store,” Williams said. “The new store sign on Lafayette will reflect both Glidden PPG Porter Paints brands.”

PPG Porter Paints has operated the Charlotte Avenue site since October 2003. The company operates 15 stores in the Nashville market.