Real estate notes: Airport Marriott adds sports bar, debuts lobby renovations

Also: Health insurance co-op takes up Brentwood space

As part of its $5.2 million renovation, Nashville's Airport Mariott is debuting a new sports bar.

Champions Sports Bar & Grill includes local beers on draft and "Benton's bacon-laced salads," a 14-foot media wall and flat-screen equipped booths and tables.

Its opening coincides with the hotel's recently-completed $5.2 million renovation, which converted the lobby, restaurant and great room into an open plan and includes original, music-themed art work.

Flow Construction was the project’s general contractor.

Health insurance Co-op takes Brentwood space

Community Health Alliance Tennessee, the first and thus far only consumer-operated and -oriented health insurance plan in Tennessee, is leasing 4,399 square feet of office space in Maryland Farms.

The co-op, created as part of the Affordable Care Act, is a nonprofit, member-governed organization headquartered in Knoxville that will offer health insurance through the new federal health insurance exchange, as well as through insurance agents and brokers.

David Creed and Stephen Graw, senior advisors at Sperry Van Ness Nashville, represented Community Health Alliance Tennessee in securing a lease in the Chappel Building at 5115 Maryland Way. Robert H. Burns represented the lessor, Chappel Building Limited Partnership.

“Nashville is the best location for our first branch outside of headquarters because it’s a business and health care hub,” said Jerry Burgess, president and CEO of Community Health Alliance Tennessee. “We’re very excited to join the community by opening a Middle Tennessee location.”

Community Health Alliance executives plan to occupy their Nashville office in June. Directors also are planning on adding a Memphis location by the end of the year. Collectively, the organization has already hired nearly 30 employees and plans to begin enrolling co-op members this fall to prepare for 2014 coverage.

“Sperry Van Ness is pleased to have served Community Health Alliance Tennessee as commercial real estate advisors,” said Creed. “The Chappel Building will suit the needs of their operation very well, and this organization will be a welcomed addition to the Maryland Farms community. It was a pleasure to work Jerry Burges and his team.”

There are 23 other states that have enacted to CO-OP model. Washington and Minnesota were the first to launch the grass roots health insurance format.