One of Nashville’s few remaining vintage apartment buildings is expected to be demolished to make way for a major mixed-used development within the West End corridor.
Two sources, both of which asked to go unnamed, said a large-scale retail and residential development is being planned for the site and that two nearby strip centers may be in play. Of note, The Mayfair, a small vintage apartment building that anchors the southwest corner of 23rd and Elliston, apparently would not be affected.
As of today, a crane was at the site of the three-story courtyard building (seen here in this image courtesy of Google Maps), which is located in the 2300 block of Elliston Place. The property is fenced off, with the crane seemingly to accommodate a wrecking ball. To date, Metro has issued no permit.
Grace Development Inc. owns the site, along with a generic retail strip center (home to a Jersey Mike’s) to the west of the apartment building and a similar nondescript center located to the south. That retail building fronts West End Avenue and is recognized for its large Office Depot space.
Multiple calls and emails to Grace Development went unreturned.
Tim Walker, director of the Metro Historical Commission, said the brick and stone residential building at 2335 Elliston Place is eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. He said that demolition of the building would be very unfortunate, given multiple structures of this type have been razed in the city and relatively few remain.
“It scares me how quickly we are going down this road,” Walker said. “If we continue to tear down everything of architectural value, we’ll soon have no sense of identity or place in our city."