Homewood Suites to operate new West End hotel

Slightly shrunken project on former FYE, Tower Records site slated for 2013 opening

The former site of Tower Records and FYE will be a Homewood Suites, slated for a 2013 opening and slightly scaled down from its original plans.

According to Memphis architect Danny Bounds of Bounds & Gillespie, the project will rise seven stories and 192 rooms and have two levels of underground parking. There will also be a restuarant and wine bar ready for the July 2013 opening. Unlike the originally announced plans, it will be built in one phase.

In October, a listing on bidclerk.com indicated work would begin in March. This will be the fourth Homewood Suites in Nashville. Hilton's all-suite, residential hotel has locations on Church Street downtown, near the airport and in Brentwood.

As originally announced in December 2010, the plans called for a two-phase development, the first comprising 161 hotel rooms on eight floors facing Elliston Place and West End, with the wine bar on the West End side of the block. The second phase, featuring another 61 rooms, would rise eight floors across a center, circular driveway.

Those plans also called for an eight-story, underground garage with a handful of street parking spots.