Residents along Belmont Boulevard have stopped plans by Lipscomb University officials to convert an apartment complex on the west side of the street into an administrative office, saying such a move would violate a promise made a decade ago. Pierce Greenberg has more on the issue, which appears unlikely to completely disappear given Lipscomb's ambitious growth plans.
Lipscomb officials say they are amenable to the compromise — but many neighbors are still opposed. George Spain, who has lived on Observatory Drive for more than 30 years, said the transformation to an office building could create a domino effect in future years. Another neighbor said for Lipscomb, a span of 20 to 25 years would be “nothing to them.”
Faison & Associates LLC — the Charlotte, N.C.-based company whose Demonbreun-FCA subsidiary is expected to develop a key parcel on the Music Row Roundabout — offers a mixed-bag history of developing urban properties.
Earlier this week, Demonbreun-FCA paid $6.75 million for the 3-acre site at 1515 Demonbreun St. The seller was Houston-based The Lionstone Group. Faison’s website is limited in specificity but references projects “from Washington, D.C., to Florida.” Not surprisingly, Charlotte is the key city of focus, with Faison most recently announcing a sleek-looking luxury apartment development near Uptown’s Johnson and Wales campus (see rendering above).
The site includes a handful of other contemporary and urban buildings. In contrast, Faison has undertaken various suburban strip mall projects, none of which — based on a quick scan of the website – look distinctive. See here.
Henry J. Faison serves as company chairman and founder and is a member of the Urban Land Institute — a good thing, on paper, as it relates to urban development.
For the third time this year, global tech services company Xerox is adding to its local call center management operations. Xerox officials want to hire 50 employees immediately for their new center in the Highland Ridge Office Park on Marriott Drive. The company is adding customer service reps, quality assurance analysts, technical analysts and service center managers. They will join the 160 other employees hired locally this year.
Nashville-based developer Ray Hensler has unveiled a rendering (see below) of his proposed 23-story $80 million luxury high-rise apartment tower slated to anchor the northwest corner of 12th Avenue South and Laurel Street in the Gulch. For those who advocate height with urban buildings, Hensler's still-unnamed tower appears to be about 270 feet tall.
Hastings Architecture Associates is handling the design work. Of note, the local firm has contributed to the design of many of the city's most significant large-scale buildings completed since 2000, including, among others, Freeman Webb Co. Building, McCabe Park Community Center, Midtown Lofts, Roundabout Plaza, SunTrust Plaza and Terrazzo. In short, the always optimistic (and always successful with his projects) Hensler is working with some design pros.
Though Hensler — who could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon — has discreetly said during 2012 that his plan was to break ground by the end of the year, the Nashville Business Journal is the first to report the details and reveal the image. Speaking of which...
A panel of judges convened by the Nashville Civic Design Center has chosen conceptual drawings by Michael Albert and Victor Perez Amado as the winner of its East Bank visioning competition. Albert and Amado emphasized a relatively simple design for much of the 75 acres south of LP Field, which they labeled The Bend. Their concept places commercial development on the northern third of the property and centers the sports-oriented development closer to the river on an 8,000-seat circular arena, an amphitheater and a boathouse. See more of their ideas here and other finalists' concepts here.
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