West End corridor lands live music venue

Live music venue and bar The Country will open today within the West End corridor.

To be located at 110 28th Ave. N. adjacent to Jed’s Sports Bar & Grille, The Country will offer 24 taps, “moody interiors and a state-of-the-art sound system,” according to a release.

John Leonard, owner of Jed's (and the former Acorn Restaurant) will serve as owner of the new business.

The Country will operate from a 3,000- square-foot space and offer a 1,200- square-foot front patio. Redmont Enterprises designed and built the space, which features a 30-foot custom steel and granite bar, a reclaimed wood back bar, and industrial, steampunk style lighting throughout, “creating a rustic yet inviting atmosphere,” the release noted.

Local and regional beers and spirits will be a focus with a small kitchen to create shared plates and snacks.

“Music has been a huge part of my life and is a pillar of this city,” Leonard said in the release. “My mother taught me piano when I was a child and I still play to this day. To open a music venue in Nashville has always been a dream of mine. I’m incredibly excited to have the opportunity to add The Country to our city, and specifically to the West End neighborhood where we've had such great success with our first bar, Jed’s Sports Bar & Grille.”

The Country will open its doors tonight at 5 p.m.

The venue’s hours of operation are Mondays through Fridays, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Read more here.

Sep 18, 2015 7:00 AM

Berry Hill Sylvan Park Restaurant to close

Sylvan Park Restaurant in Berry Hill will cease operations on Sept. 30, according to a source with information about the closing.

The looming closing of the venerable meat-and-three eatery comes at a time of rapid change for the Eighth Avenue corridor and less than a year after local real estate investor Nick Spiva and his Spiva-Hill Investments (via Franklin Road Partners) acquired the building and the 0.7 acres on which it sits in December 2014 for $2 million. The property address is 2330 Franklin Pike. (See the site here courtesy of Google Maps.)

Neither Sylvan Park Restaurant officials (who also operate Sylvan Park Restaurant locations in Green Hills and  Murfreesboro) nor Spiva could be reached for comment. The source, who asked to go unnamed, said a possible rent increase is a factor.

The general area in which the old-school restaurant operates is seeing a dramatic transformation. For example, Spiva is undertaking a 40-unit townhome project (read more here) on 1.83 acres at 708 Melpark Drive and 707 Bradford Ave. He paid $2.1 million for the property, last home to Corlew and Perry Flooring Inc. and American Heating & Cooling.

Relatedly, Spiva is constructing a new building, last home to Global Motorsports, that will house a restaurant to be operated by members of the ownership entity affiliated with Sinema (read more here). Spiva/Hill Management and Investment LLC paid in August 2000 $250,000 for the 0.36-acre property at 2222 Eighth Ave. S.

Unrelatedly, Alliance Residential Co. and a local investor group are undertaking two separate projects that will work essentially in tandem at the former Colonial Bakery site on the west side of Franklin Road (read more here).

Perhaps most telling, large-scale residential building 23Hundred at Berry Hill is located adjacent to Sylvan Park Restaurant, its opening about two years ago likely signalling the area's transitioning that is now fully underway.

Sep 18, 2015 6:45 AM

BZA defers vote on added height for proposed Gulch skyscraper

Board wants developer to conduct studies on impact of shadows
Sep 17, 2015 4:52 PM

Groundbreaking looms for mixed-use Hillsboro Village project

GBT development to include apartments, Regions branch, retail space
Sep 17, 2015 2:59 PM

Virginia entity pays $84M for four local apartment complexes

Acquisition represents FCP's first in Nashville
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Developer to jumpstart Germantown project, begin Salemtown development

Thrive Homes enlists same team for both efforts
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Google Fiber adds satellite cities

Google Fiber officials said this week that they have added a number of Nashville's satellite cities to their buildout plans. The satellite cities were not initially part of the tech giant's plans to put enough fiber in Middle Tennessee ground "to go from here to Canada and back." Google wasn't all that interested in dealing with more than one Davidson County government entity but has since then run feasibility studies to satisfy its questions.

Sep 17, 2015 12:07 PM

Spring completion eyed for Larry's Country Diner project

Work now underway on Bellevue facility
Sep 17, 2015 7:00 AM

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Sep 17, 2015 7:00 AM

Buckingham VP talks Gulch tower as BZA meeting looms

Scott Travis is senior vice president of Buckingham Companies, which recently announced its hopes for a 38-story apartment tower in The Gulch.

The Indianapolis-based developer and its team will go before the Metro Codes Department’s Board of Zoning Appeals today to request a “special exception for height restriction” related to the proposed skyscraper’s 0.48-acre site, which is located at the southwest corner of 12th Avenue South and Division Street and which many folks call the “sliver lot.”

Post Managing Editor William Williams caught up with Travis to gauge his take on the possible form and function of the tower (read more here).

This is a very unusual site on many levels and, some would contend, offers limitations (along with its potential). Why do you find it appealing?

It is a very challenging site, mainly due to the triangular shape of the lot, but the location also presents a number of opportunities for Buckingham Companies and the city — specifically, its location on I-40 and visibility as one of the front doors of downtown Nashville. While the site is on the outer edge of The Gulch, its proximity to the heart of The Gulch offers the ability to be an integral part of the neighborhood and add to its vibrancy. We look forward to that.

If the tower materializes, what will be the exterior materials, color scheme, night lighting options, etc.?

We have several months of design and development, including input from MDHA and the Planning Department through the public approvals process, before those decisions can be made. In any case, we are committed to creating an iconic structure that is also responsive to input gathered from our new neighbors and throughout the review process.

By right, you can construct a building of up to 28 stories. You want to undertake a 38-story building. You have said you want to “go tall” so as to be a good neighbor (that is, to minimize the blocks of views for residents of Icon and Terrazzo). However, one could argue you will also be able to command, in theory, higher rents than otherwise. Your thoughts?

The Downtown Code allows a building somewhere between 24 and 28 stories. The request to go to 38 stories is based on a desire to redistribute square footage and go taller and thinner for the benefit of our neighbors. The taller and thinner massing redistributes the allowable square footage, which reduces shadows cast on our neighbors and helps maintains sightlines that would otherwise be blocked by the building we can build as a right under the zoning guidelines.

Any benefit in additional revenue generated from the added height of the building would be offset by the inherent cost premiums associated with constructing a taller, thinner model — particularly in structural systems and additional building skin required per rentable square foot.

The intersection of 12th and Division is already traffic heavy. Your building would increase the vehicle count. How will you minimize negative traffic impact?

Division and 12th are well trafficked but they are also major arteries to and from The Gulch. We believe a project like this makes the most sense on the periphery of the district and keeps the core as low-traffic and walkable as possible. Furthermore, the taller and thinner scheme does not materially increase square footage or unit count, so any impact will be virtually the same, regardless of the building’s shape.

In the current design, we have pushed the curb cuts to the farthest distance from the intersection possible in an effort to minimize traffic conflicts. The initial review by our traffic consultant indicates that the project will not negatively affect the level of vehicular service of 12th Ave. or Division Street. A full traffic study will be required prior to final design approval.

Buckingham has enlisted Chicago-based Skidmore Owings & Merrill to serve as architect. The firm was the first national entity to design a Nashville skyscraper (The Tennessee Tower) and is considered a major player. Thoughts?

We specifically selected Skidmore Owings & Merrill based on their experience dealing with very difficult sites and high-rise construction. We consider the results thus far to be very positive and believe the benefits to our neighbors and The Gulch community are tangible.

What happens if the BZA disapproves today the special exception to the current height allowed on the site?

We are focused on a design that addresses any concerns that may arise. However, if our proposed design were not approved, we plan to proceed with the alternative design that meets current zoning guidelines.


(Image courtesy of Buckingham Cos. and Skidmore Owings & Merrill)

Sep 17, 2015 6:45 AM