Germantown building lands cafe, Mexican eatery

The historic Germantown building that once housed venerable theater The Peafowl (read about here) is slated to land two restaurants, reports.

One is Atlanta-based Octane Coffee (a combo café/wine bar) while the other is Birmingham-based Little Donkey, which serves Mexican street fare.

Two more restaurants might also establish a presence in the building (pictured below).

Read more here.

Jun 6, 2014 10:32 AM

Developer in discussions with retailers for planned Germantown building

Creason envisions restaurant for neo-traditional structure
Jun 4, 2014 7:00 AM

Three-building residential project slated for Germantown

Morgan Park Place infill work to start within 60 days
Jun 3, 2014 1:51 PM

July start slated for mixed-use building in Germantown

Four-story structure to feature retail spaces, 24 apartments
May 30, 2014 2:21 PM

Germantown co-housing project leader scouts additional sites

Sullivan targets west, east sides
May 29, 2014 7:00 AM

Developer buys Germantown site, eyes commercial project

Nashville-based boutique development company Trust Development has paid $275,000 for a piece of Germantown property on which it plans a mixed-use infill project.

The seller was John Horton.

Jim Creason, Trust president, said he envisions a restaurant to operate from the building. The property, on which a garden currently sits, is located at the southwest corner of the Fifth Avenue North and Monroe Street intersection. (Read more about Creason's plans here.)

“I’m so excited about what we’re working on to bring to the neighborhood,” Creason (pictured) said. “It’s going to be a fun project. The building will have some interesting components to it.”

Root Architecture (stylized as rootARCH) is handling design. Bronson Lankford of Lankford Construction will serve as general contractor. Both companies are based in Nashville. The team is looking at an office-retail option.

Trust will not need a rezoning for the site.


May 2, 2014 12:12 PM

North Nashville sidewalks could send positive message

In a move that will please advocates of pedestrian-oriented placemaking — and that could place additional positive focus on the city north side — the Metro Development and Housing Agency this summer plans an $800,000 effort to install or replace approximately 14,000 linear feet of sidewalks in North Nashville.

The project is part of MDHA’s place-based strategy for community development, in which community development block grant (CDBG) funds are concentrated for investment activities, the agency said in release. North Nashville was designated as the first priority neighborhood under this strategy, and approximately $800,000 of CDBG funds are allocated for infrastructure improvements.

It is no secret that Nashville’s historic near north side (with its various neighborhoods sometimes collectively referred to as North Capitol) is attracting major developer interest. Germantown, Hope Gardens, Salemtown and Sulphur Dell are getting major infill projects, with Buena Vista also attracting attention. (Read more here.) Though the sidewalk work will not be done in these districts, one could contend any streetscape work within the old school north side (the areas located west of the inner-interstate loop for which is not known for its post-1950 construction projects — Meharry Medical College and Tennessee State University notwithstanding) sends a positive message.

Developers are more likely to do work in pockets of general areas with functional and attractive streetscape infrastructure (including streets, curbs, pedestrian crosswalks, utility poles, street signage and stormwater management systems). With the north side seeing that infrastructure continue to improve, look for more development activity on the near north side — and perhaps beyond. 

From the MDHA release:

The Project includes the installation of new and replacement of deteriorating sidewalks in both residential and commercial areas.  Sidewalk improvements in residential areas will be primarily in the vicinity of Albion and Alameda Streets between 25th and 32nd Avenues North, as well as the south side of Seifried Street (between 24th and 25th Avenues) and the east side of 24th Avenue from Lacy Street to Clarksville Pike. 

“Neighbors have long awaited sidewalks on Seifried and Lacy Streets for over 41 years.  I know they will be very pleased to hear this good news,” said District 21 Councilmember Edith Taylor Langster. 

A new sidewalk is planned for the north side of Rosa L. Parks Boulevard between Great Circle Road and Mainstream Road, a busy commercial corridor.  Sidewalks will be constructed according to Metro Government specifications and on existing right-of-way.  The Project is nearing the end of the design phase, and MDHA staff will contact adjacent property owners prior to beginning construction.

“Sidewalks are a critical component of a healthy community,” stated Angie Hubbard, MDHA’s Director of Community Development.  “They improve the walkability of the neighborhood, increase accessibility to services, promote pedestrian safety, and can serve as a tangible sign of redevelopment efforts.”

CDBG funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and are administered by MDHA on behalf of the City.  This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the enactment of the CDBG program.


Apr 25, 2014 10:45 AM

Guess which mixed-use district is eyed for another large-scale project?

For Germantown, the projects keep coming. And then some.

The Tennessean reported Wednesday that Phoenix-based Alliance Residential Co. plans to buy 2.6 acres in the fast-changing district and develop a five-story, 275-unit apartment building with a restaurant space at street level.

Alliance hopes to break ground this fall on what will be called Broadstone Germantown, which will be bordered by Madison Street on the north, Second Avenue on the east, Jefferson Street on the south and Third Avenue on the west. A construction completion is eyed for 2016, the morning daily reports.

With Broadstone Germantown, the fire-hot north side district now has nine multi-residential-unit buildings (most large-scale and some with retail to be included) proposed and three under construction. In addition, three adaptive reuse projects are planned. And another major project that has yet to be reported (details forthcoming) almost certainly will materialize.

Given the Germantown confines span a mere approximately 30 square blocks, the 16-project number is unmatched by any other mixed-use district not located within downtown Nashville’s borders. In fact, the city’s three other most prominent non-downtown mixed-used districts — 12South, Five Points and Hillsboro Village — might not boast (depending upon how you define their geographic borders) as impressive a collective combination of projects as does Germantown.

More noteworthy, and notwithstanding comparing the size and scope of projects, Germantown is giving bustling downtown nodes SoBro and the Gulch some stiff competition.

Lastly, if you include (and we will do so with this blog post) the adjacent Sulphur Dell — with First Tennessee Park underway and the start of no fewer than four major buildings looming — the single-family home construction in nearby Salemtown and Lincoln Property Co.’s 909 Flats now underway on Rosa Parks Boulevard in Hope Gardens, the general Germantown area assumes an even more impressive buzz.

Nashville is hot in general. And Germantown might be redefining that heat.

Apr 25, 2014 7:15 AM

Mixed-use development targeted for Germantown

Priam Ventures project to feature new construction, adaptive reuse
Apr 16, 2014 2:55 PM

Site plan shows positioning of proposed Fountains Germantown

The below image (found on the Metro Planning Department website) provides a nice idea for how Proffitt Dixon Partners hopes to position its two-building apartment project planned for Germantown. The Charlotte-based company will go before the Metro Planning Commission on Thursday, April 10, to request a specific plan mixed-use zoning for the 2.4-acre site on which the building would rise. The working name, which will be changed, of the development is Fountains Germantown.

The site, which mainly fronts Third Avenue North between Taylor and Van Buren streets, currently is home to roofing and sheet metal company RD Herbert & Sons Co., which plans to sell to PDP and then move. Of note, the site is adjacent to the parcel on which Butchertown Hall restaurant and beer garden (seen in the upper left corner of the block) will be developed.

Read the details about the project here.


Apr 7, 2014 12:20 PM