Matt Rogers at Eater Nashville was busy just before Christmas, passing on word that two restaurants in prime spots have closed their doors. In Hillsboro Village, the backers of Boca Loca Cantina & Taco Factory have ended their brief run at 2000 Belcourt Ave. — the place that also has housed The Trace, among others — but say they plan to return elsewhere in town soon. On Demonbreun Street near the Music Row roundabout, Indian eatery Tamarind has shut down but will make way for Bawarchi Biryani Point, whose owners are targeting the spot to add to their Cool Springs outpost. Bawarchi also serves Indian cuisine.
A tower crane is being assembled at the Music Row Roundabout site of Childress Klein Properties' under-construction mixed-use building. As those who follow large-scale construction projects know, the installation of a tower crane to accommodate a large-scale high-profile development symbolizes that project's taking a major step forward. The building, to be located at 1515 Demonbreun St. and for which an official name has not been announced, will stand 18 stories and, as such, be one of the Nashville's tallest structures not located within downtown. JE Dunn Construction Co. is serving as general contractor. Read more here.
Childress Klein Properties has secured a $3.9 million permit for its mixed-use building under construction at 1515 Demonbreun St. on the Music Row Roundabout. The permit includes foundation work for the 18-story tower, according to Metro Codes Administration Department documents. JE Dunn Construction Co. is serving as general contractor for the project, a name for which not been announced. Read more here.
Steve Smith is managing director of Charlotte-based Faison. The company is developing the seven-story 1505 Demonbreun apartment building (read about here) near the Music Row Roundabout and within an area that is undergoing dramatic change. Post Managing Editor William Williams recently caught up with Smith (pictured) for a few questions.
Your 1505 Demonbreun building (see image below) is taking shape nicely. At what point will it be topped and fully framed?
The two-story concrete structure will be complete in late November and the wood framing will begin in early October. The project should be framed out in March 2014 with the leasing offices open in April 2014.
When will you start marketing it for pre-leasing purposes?
The first floor took quite some time to complete. Is the construction basically on schedule?
Yes, we are on schedule. The construction of the concrete parking structure has been very complex and time consuming.
There is much happening in the immediate area. Various new eateries are going into the Demonbreun commercial strip that Elmington Capital recently acquired, the Comfort Inn has received a facelift and now Childress Klein Properties is proposing a 16-story mixed-use tower. And, of course, Ray Hensler is building his luxury apartment tower across the interstate. What is your general thought on all the changes?
We are very excited about the redevelopment anticipated in the West End/Music Row area. There is a growing sense of vibrancy and destination that reinforce this area’s allure to the apartment rental market and other commercial development.
I can anticipate your building and the proposed Childress Klein building (read about here) — assuming it materializes — enjoying a nice synergy. Your take?
Absolutely. The high quality associated with both projects will create an alluring sense of place that will revitalize the redevelopment of this area. Synergies between the various land uses will make this area a prime destination for additional residential, retail, and commercial projects.
Given all the positive changes along Demonbreun, the Faison building could be quite valuable upon its completion. Could the company sell it fairly soon after completion?
We don’t have any plans at this time to sell the building upon completion.
Is Faison eyeing additional Nashville sites?
Yes, we are always looking for development sites in Nashville and the surrounding areas. We are very impressed with the local economy, job growth, education levels and the willingness of the public and private sectors to work together in the greater Nashville area.
A national construction-themed website is reporting a hotel could be planned for the Demonbreun Street site home to, among others, Dan McGuinness, Tamarind and Tin Roof.
Build Central, a component of online service Construction Wire, lists Elmington Capital as the developer and notes that apartments and/or a hotel could be part of a project mix on the site, which the Nashville Business Journal previously reported is under contract for $17.6 million and will soon be bought by Elmington Capital Group.
The buildcentral.com information reads as follows: “As of 6/11/13, this site has a new owner, Elmington Capital Group, which may sell part of the site to hotel and residential developers.”
Ben Brewer, Elmington Capital senior vice president of operations, declined to confirm if the strip center is the Demonbreun Street site the company plans to purchase. He confirmed Elmington has some Demonbreun property under contract but added a closing has not been finalized. Brewer also said no hotel is planned.
“We’re buying this as an investment,” he said. “We currently have no plans for redevelopment.”
Brewer declined to comment further.
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