Bridges, the local nonprofit that provides services to the deaf and hard of hearing, has purchased a facility in South Nashville’s Edgehill neighborhood and plans to move into the facility by the summer of 2013.
In a release, Bridges officials did not disclose the purchase price. The Davidson County Register of Deeds has yet to record the transaction.
For years, Bridges had operated from a building fronting Fourth Avenue South and located in SoBro. However, officials with the nonprofit sold the property in June for a reported $2.75 million. The buyer is a hotel developer.
The 12,000-square-foot building Bridges bought is located at 925 Edgehill Ave. near the intersection of Eighth Avenue. While ADA compliant, the building will undergo a remodel and upgrades during the next six to eight months. Nashville-based EOA Architects will oversee the redesign.
“This gives us such a fantastic opportunity to do even more in Nashville and Middle Tennessee,” Sallie Hussey, Bridges president and CEO, said in the release. “I’m eager to see what new ideas we come up with, and how much better we are able to serve the community in our new home.”
Once remodeled, the one-story brick building will include new technology designed specifically for the deaf and hard of hearing communities. New lighting will be installed along with glass walls for improved visibility and communication through sign language.
The increased size of the new facility will allow Bridges to expand its current programs, while providing new meeting space for clubs like the Hearing Loss Association and the Tennessee Association for the Deaf. The Edgehill facility, which is located on a Metro bus route, near Interstate 65 and not far from downtown, also offers green space that will benefit Bridges’ youth programs.
Bridges provides health and wellness classes and education to approximately 700 deaf and hard of hearing adults each year. In addition, close to 80 children are served through various programs.