A vacated building sitting within the footprint of what would be a U.S. courthouse long-planned for downtown Nashville is slated to be demolished, pending federal funding, according to a federal official.
The building, once home to the Tennessee Department of Health and Environment, sits at the southeast corner of the intersection of Church Street and Rosa Parks Boulevard. With its charcoal granite base and gray brick mid-section and top, the five-story structure (see here courtesy of Google Maps) when in use ranked among the city’s more rugged, and even slightly industrial, office buildings.
The U.S. General Services Administration would oversee the courthouse project, announced in the early 2o00s, once it materializes. The site on which it would sit spans 3.4-acres and includes an art deco parking garage that is also expected to eventually be razed.
“GSA has installed perimeter fencing and covered sidewalks around the building as a safety precaution while we await funding to demolish the facility,” Saudia Muwwakkil, GSA spokesperson, told the Post in an email message.
Congress already has allocated $26.1 million toward the project, which could carry a price tag of at least $181.5 million. No construction start date has been announced.
The Middle Tennessee economy grew at a 3.6 percent clip last year, up from 3.1 percent in 2013 and good enough for 53rd among the country’s 381 metropolitan areas.
The 3.6 percent number was almost double the overall growth of U.S. metropolitan areas and lifted Nashville’s GDP to $98.5 billion in 2009 dollars. Since 2009, the area’s economy has grown from $81.5 billion.
Four different sectors — trade, finance/insurance/real estate, business services and education/health care — contributed at least half a percentage point to the region’s growth last year. That helped Middle Tennessee comfortably outpace the state’s other major metro areas. Knoxville’s GDP grew 1.0 percent last year and Memphis’ 0.4 percent while Chattanooga’s economy shrank by 0.9 percent and Clarksville’s contracted by 1.2 percent.
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Nashville-based The Capital Corp. announced today it represented Mellow Mushroom in the signing of a lease at Streets of Indian Lake in Hendersonville.
Financial terms of the lease are not being disclosed, said Tiffanie Fitzpatrick, The Capital Corp.'s director of sales and leasing.
This is Sumner County's first Mellow Mushroom, for which the parent company (Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers) is based in Atlanta. Middle Tennessee is home to three of the pizza eateries (including one near Vanderbilt University on 21st Avenue South), which are known for interior spaces that are localized for their respective markets, a tie-dye theme and a beer-purchase loyalty program.
Relatedly, The Capital Corp. has leased the final space in its Corner Marketplace retail center, also located in Hendersonville, to Vanderbilt Eye Institute. The approximately 22,495-square-foot building also is home to Starbucks, Baylor Bone Interiors, Ginger Beanz, NY Pie, T-Mobile, Bob Parks Realty and Castle Dental.
Slowdowns in the growth of Middle Tennessee's largest job grouping as well as in the important manufacturing sector pushed year-over-year employment growth below 3 percent in August, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. The professional and business services sector, which accounts for 15 percent of all Nashville-area jobs, grew by just 1.8 percent in August — its smallest number since June of last year. Meanwhile, job growth in the area's auto-heavy manufacturing industry slowed to 2.4 percent while the information and finance sectors went a little deeper into the red year over year. Offsetting some of those negative developments were strong months from the big leisure and education/health sectors.
Matt Rogers at Eater Nashville has some good details about the progress being made on Bar Luca just off Gallatin Road in East Nashville, near Barista Parlor. The wine bar and restaurant will be able to house about 50 guests and is scheduled to open its doors in November.
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