Permit issued for Lower Broad project

The owners of the Lower Broad building last home to Trail West have landed a permit related to their project that will involve a new structure rising from within the skin of the existing structure.

Once reinvented, the site, located at the southeast corner of Third Avenue South and Broadway, will be home to a new four-story building to house a live music venue and a Harry O's Steakhouse (read more here).

Veteran Nashville-based restaurateurs Steve Smith and Al Ross have a plan, according to the team, is to essentially construct a new building from within the shell of the existing building (to minimize disruption to both the site specifically and to Lower Broad in general). Once the new structure is completed, the skin of the existing building can be removed to accommodate the doors and windows of the new building. The team is planning to repair and reinstall the current building’s existing rotating sign on the Third and Broad corner.

The developers had Nashville-based architecture firm Quirk Designs include a glass storefront they say is typical of the neighborhood, with the proposed design incorporating an “iconic rotating sign” to be affixed to the building’s Third and Broad corner.

Harmony Construction Group is serving as general contractor, with the permit valued at $4.161 million, according to a Metro Codes Department document.


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Images no signal of looming Gulch hotel project

The team looking to bring a high-end hotel to The Gulch is not preparing to announce groundbreaking for a tower to house an Edition Hotel — despite the existence of images that might suggest otherwise.

Vize Architectural Rendering, a Prague-based presentation services company for architects located mainly in Europe, offers on its website two images of a Gulch tower. Edition Hotel signage is seen in one image. Nashville-based Tuck-Hinton Architects is listed, too.

The images surfaced this morning on, a message board that focuses on issues facing the manmade environment and for which the Nashville forum is known to be quite active. Mark Bloom, who serves as spokesman for the investor group hoping to develop a hotel on 12th Avenue South between Laurel Street on the north and Pine Street on the south, said the images are outdated and no deal or project looms.

“We continue to keep our heads down and grind away, hoping to create a special hotel on our Gulch property one day,” Bloom said. “And with a brand that doesn’t exist in Nashville today.”

He declined further comment.

According to multiple sources, Bloom and his group during the past few years have talked to officials with various hotel brands — with no agreements having been reached. Edition Hotels officials, seemingly, were in that mix at one point (read here).  


Aug 19, 2015 12:51 PM

Arcade beer bar coming to Nashville

Chicago's Capacity Bar Group will bring a craft beer/arcade bar concept to town with Headquarters Beercade Nashville, The Tennessean reports:


Co-owner Brian Galati said the Nashville location is targeted for opening near downtown's Broadway around December. It is expected to feature 16 rotating lines of draft beer, signature craft cocktails and up to 60 classic or vintage retro pinball and arcade games from the '80s and early '90s.

"Nashville's growing right now and increasing in popularity," Galati said. "We fell in love with the city and think it's a perfect fit for our concept."

Capacity Bar Group is negotiating to lease the space Headquarters Beercade Nashville will occupy, he said, declining to reveal the specific location.

Aug 19, 2015 10:11 AM

UBS Tower lands Denver company

Denver-based Intelligent Office has leased 5,000 square feet at the central business district's UBS Tower, Nashville Business Journal reports.

The company provides virtual offices spaces and staffing services to small white-collar businesses.

Read more here.

Aug 19, 2015 7:05 AM

Fresh Hospitality lands $1M permit for SoBro project

Nashville-based Fresh Hospitality has landed a permit for its SoBro building to eventually house a Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint.

Located at 401 Fourth Ave. S., the building was last home to live music venue The Rutledge.

The permit is valued at $1 million, according to a Metro Codes Department document.

Matt Bodnar, Fresh Hospitality partner, said the project is moving forward, with the company having secured its construction loan from Franklin Synergy Bank. D|AAD is serving as architect and Dowdle Construction is the general contractor.

“We’re excited about reinventing the building and about having a Martin’s located in SoBro and on Fourth Avenue South,” Bodnar said.

Bodnar said Fresh Hospitality is not ready to disclose a target date for the project’s completion.

Read more here at Post sister pub Nashville Scene.

Aug 19, 2015 6:45 AM

MDHA OKs plans for Germantown, SoBro projects

The Metro Development and Housing Agency Design Review Committee today voted to approve projects in SoBro and Germantown, among others.

The committee OK’d the conceptual plan for a Germantown residential project to be called Gramercy (pictured here). The approval is pending Metro Historical Commission OK-ing of various exterior elements.

Gramercy would be located at the northeast corner of the intersection of Monroe Street and Seventh Avenue North (see here courtesy of Google Maps).

The site is located within MDHA’s Phillips Jackson Redevelopment District and, as such, committee approval was needed for the concept plan. The Metro Planning Commission also will need to approve.

Nashville-based rootARCH is serving as architect for developer Hidden Valley Homes of Brentwood. (Read more here about the project.)

In addition, the MDHA committee approved the concept plan for a surface parking lot Nashville-based Premier Parking is targeting for the western portion of the Music City Center Roundabout.

With an address of 417 Eighth Ave S. in SoBro (see here courtesy of Google Maps), the parking lot would offer a distinctive shape and vehicular space configuration, robust landscaping and extensive metal fencing. 

Premier, which is led by CEO Ryan Chapman is targeting a 42-space lot. A previous iteration, which the MDHA committee did not approve, offered 44.

Fulmer Engineering is involved in the project.

The site is located within MDHA’s Arts Center Redevelopment District and, as such, committee approval was needed for the concept plan. The Metro Planning Commission also will need to approve. Read more here.

In other action, the committee approved the plan related to a rooftop deck for a SoBro building located at 114 Second Ave. S. (see here courtesy of Google Maps).


(Image courtesy of Hidden Valley Homes and rootARCH.)

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