Report: WES entity leaves project

The entity with which Nashville-based Alex S. Palmer & Co. was teaming to develop a InterContinental Hotel as part of the long-proposed West End Summit is no longer involved in the effort, Nashville Business Journal reports.

Raleigh, North Carolina-based Concord Hospitality has left the project, but Palmer continues to work to have InterContinental Hotels Group involved in the mixed-used project that would be located on Broadway at 16th Avenue and near the split with West End Avenue, according to NBJ.

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Jun 18, 2015 1:49 PM

Midtown's Palmer Plaza sells for $50M

Chicago entity buys tower; transaction might be positive sign for West End Summit
Mar 13, 2015 12:36 PM

Where there's smoke, could there be West End Summit fire?

Charlotte-based apartment development and acquisition company Terwilliger Pappas is targeting a 300-unit residential building on the West End Summit site of  Alex S. Palmer & Co., The Tennessean reports.

Citing people familiar with Palmer’s plan, the morning daily notes the project, if it materializes on the high-profile Midtown site that fronts the Broadway-West End Avenue split, would also include a building(s) to accommodate office and hotel space.

The report of possible activity on the long-dormant site is not surprising. Last November, Nashville Business Journal reported Metro Finance Director Richard Riebeling told attendees of a Nashville Convention Center Authority meeting that Palmer was in negotiations with prospective tenants. A little later, The Tennessean reported that Palmer was conducting talks to have Philadelphia-based Rubenstein Partners as an equity partner in the development of the site.

Also in early December, a local real estate investor group led by Mark Bloom announced it had Midtown property located near the WES site under contract. Bloom noted Palmer’s progress as, in part, an incentive to acquire the land (which the group recently did).

About three weeks ago, this reporter (while driving past the WES site) spotted two men undertaking at the intersection of Hayes Street and 16th Avenue what seemed to be water resources engineering work of some sort. For what it's worth, the men were observing the WES site.

Lastly, online website is now listing a third-quarter construction start at the WES site for InterContinental. The hotel company has been linked to the overall development for years.

Palmer & Co. officials are staying tight-lipped. And, no doubt, all this info might mean nothing. But consider the old (and, admittedly tired) expression: “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.”

The chatter of West End Summit finally materializing is assuming a flame-like heat.

Jan 28, 2015 12:20 PM

West End Summit project could be jump-started

Nashville-based developer Alex Palmer is possibly closing in on securing a co-developer for his long-stalled West End Summit project, Nashville Business Journal reports, citing information from Metro Finance Director Rich Riebeling.

Speaking at Thursday's Nashville Convention Center Authority meeting, Riebeling said luxury hotel brand InterContinental Hotel remains an option if the development materializes, according to NBJ.

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Nov 14, 2014 7:15 AM

Palmer reaches for the rose-colored glasses

Alex Palmer just issued a statement on the heels of the announcement that HCA will not have its Parallon and Sarah Cannon Research Institute subsidiaries be tenants in his long-planned West End Summit.

Though he is known for his always-upbeat demeanor, the developer has placed a robustly (and almost bafflingly) positive spin on the situation given the disappointment he must feel in the wake of the setback.

Here is Palmer's statement in full:

“While we’re disappointed in HCA’s decision, this creates a real opportunity for our company to realize the original vision for West End Summit – to create a Class A office building and four-star hotel on the site.

“We have maintained conversations with potential tenants for the project over the past few months, and there is significant interest. While it took us longer than expected, we were successful in getting financing for the project in place with an excellent team of debt and equity partners.

“The economy is finally on our side.  It’s no secret that there is tremendous demand for Class A office space in Nashville, with a less than 5 percent vacancy rate at this time, according to market surveys. There’s also an equally strong demand for new hotel rooms, and our relationship with the Intercontinental Hotel remains intact and solid. They are ready to move forward on our timeline.

“We are in an excellent position to create a development at this site that all of Nashville can be proud of.”

Dec 18, 2013 2:42 PM

Palmer reportedly lands equity partner for WES

Nashville-based developer Alex S. Palmer & Co. has landed an equity partner to help jumpstart its long-stalled West End Summit project in Midtown, according to The Tennessean.

Palmer will team with Atlanta-based TPA Group to help finance construction of the three-building development, the morning daily reports.

HCA, whose Parallon Business Solutions and Sarah Cannon Research Institute subsidiaries are to anchor two of the three towers, has said it is considering other sites given the uncertainty of West End Summit. In addition, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts is to have a hotel presence in the middle tower. However, the company has since removed the WES site from its website.

Dec 5, 2013 11:53 AM

Parallon to expand workforce management operations in Florida

Move will create 125 jobs for Franklin-based company
Aug 14, 2013 12:26 PM

Workers spotted at WES site

Workers were spotted today at the long-dormant West End Summit construction site. A source, who asked to go unnamed, said a handful of men were seen this morning at the Midtown location of the proposed three-tower mixed-use project. Work on WES stalled in the spring after having resumed in late 2012 following a multi-year period of inactivity. Two separate sources have told the Post that WES developer Alex S. Palmer & Co. is believed to be close to resuming full-scale work on the massive project.

Aug 13, 2013 2:15 PM

Palmer unveils hotel plans for West End Summit

230-room hotel to sit atop parking garage
Feb 11, 2013 6:40 AM

Palmer selects Turner to serve as WES general contractor

Alex. S. Palmer & Company announced today it has selected New York-based Turner Construction Company as the general contractor to build West End Summit, the twin-tower Midtown project slated to start soon.

Preconstruction has already begun and completion of the project is slated for the spring of 2015.

“Turner has a proven history of completing high-end projects on time and on budget,” Alex S. Palmer, president and managing partner of Palmer & Company, said in a released. “West End Summit will be one of the largest private development projects in the history of the state, and it was important to find a contractor that could handle the magnitude of the project.”

Noteworthy recent commercial projects by Turner, which has a Nashville office, include Great American Tower, the BASF North American Headquarters and the Liberty Mutual Headquarters. Additionally, Turner provided construction services for the world’s two tallest buildings: Burj Khalifa and Taipei 101.

Turner Construction Company’s current projects in the Nashville area include work at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Saint Thomas Hospital, Baptist Hospital and the MTSU Science Center.

With an estimated price tag of $265 million, WES is expected to be silver LEED-certified. Late last year, Palmer & Co. announced that leases have been signed with two anchor tenants: HCA subsidiaries Parallon Business Solutions and the Sarah Cannon Research Institute.

Jan 25, 2013 12:28 PM