Work on proposed luxury apartment skyscraper SoBro continues to move forward as Chicago-based builder McHugh Construction is looking for office space near the site on which the tower will rise.
Multiple sources say McHugh, which has a long history of serving as general contractor on projects with SoBro co-developer Magellan Development Group, wants to find space in an existing building and from which it can interview subcontractors and manage contruction. Magellan, which is also based in Chicago, is partnering with Nashville-based Giarratana Development to develop the 33-story tower.
McHugh has served as the GC for various high-rise residential towers, most of them located in Chicago. (Read more here.)
SoBro would include 342 luxury rental apartment units, 378 parking spaces and more than 18,000 square feet of Class A, ground-level retail space. The tower is planned to rise adjacent to both the Encore condominium tower to the west and The Pinnacle at Symphony Place office skyscraper to the north. The building would be bordered by Demonbreun Street on the north, Second Avenue on the east and Third Avenue on the west.
The development team has enlisted Chicago-based Loewenberg Architects to handle design work.
Relatedly, a Giarratana Development official was seen today on the SoBro site with multiple Nashville Electric Service employees.
A historic SoBro building that was once a church and last served as home to EOA Architects is slated for an event venue to be called The Bell Tower, the Nashville Business Journal reports. Infinity Restaurant Group, the catering/events company that does work in, among others, the East Bank's The Bridge Building, will operate The Bell Tower, according to NBJ. Nashville singer/songwriter Brett James bought the building, which is located at 400 Fourth Ave. S. at Korean Veterans Boulevard, for $2.6 million in late 2012. Read the NBJ story here.
A property located at the intersection at which The Gulch and SoBro connect is for sale.
The site, home to a Carquest Auto Parts store, is located at 777 Eighth Ave. S. at the southwest corner of the Eighth and Division Street intersection (seen below in an image courtesy of Google Maps). Owner the Stillman family wants to ground lease the property and is asking $500,000 per year.
Arthur Perlen, Centennial Retail Services principal, is representing the family. He said the owner is open to selling outright.
“This particular property has enormous potential for all types of uses,” Perlen (pictured) said.
For example, Metro Planning Department regulations show that a residential building of up to 28 stories (20 floors by right and up to eight floors via bonuses for green space, affordable housing, etc.) is allowed on the site.
Those familiar with The Gulch say Eighth/ Division ranks among the top intersections in the fast-changing district, along with 12th Avenue and Division, the 11th and 12th split and 12th and Demonbreun Street.
The segment of Division Street that spans 12th and Eighth will soon see the opening of a Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott. In addition, Mainland Urban Development is eyeing a mixed-use project (read more here) to be sited between the buildings home to Rumours Wine Bar in Icon and Yazoo Brewing Co. Nearby, owners of Carter Vintage Guitars, Jackalope Brewing Co. and King Baby Studio have made major improvements to the buildings from which they operate.
On the SoBro side of the Eighth and Division intersection, significant work was done to reinvent the building now home to the Pour House. Relatedly, New York-based Harmolio LLC recently paid $3.53 million for the Voorhees Building.
Ron Brewer, Nashville chapter organizer of message board website urbanplanet.org, said the combination of the planned Division Street Extension and the numerous changes on the southeast fringe of The Gulch render the Stillman family site all the more prime.
“If a residential or mixed-use building is constructed on the site, that could be a game-changer,” said Brewer, who created and maintains a development tracker map (see here) that many of Nashville’s built environment professionals and hobbyists alike use for reference purposes. “The Gulch has pushed growth to the east, west and north. In the case of growth being pushed east, Metro needs to look at the pedestrian accessibility at the intersection of Eighth and Division.”
The future of a proposed pedestrian bridge that would connect The Gulch and SoBro — and, as advocates note, could help spur more development in both districts than might otherwise be the case — is now a question.
Tuesday night, the Metro Council voted 30-2 to indefinitley defer apporval of funding for the project, which is estimated to cost between $15 million and $16 million.
Council members Phil Claiborne, Bruce Stanley, Steve Glover, Charlie Tygard and Emily Evans spoke in opposition to the bridge.
Our SouthComm colleague Steven Hale has the story here.
The SoBro site slated for a Westin hotel is undergoing core drilling for environmental sample purposes.
Nashville Hospitality Capital LLC will serve as the developer of the hotel, a start date for which has yet to be announced. Kevin M. Fee, spokesman for the company, could not be reached for comment.
The Woodbury, Tenn., office of Richard Simmons Drilling Co. was on the site Tuesday morning taking the samples.
The Westin site is bordered by Eighth Avenue on the east, Clark Place on the north, Ninth Avenue on the west and, on the south, a building that houses Dismas Charities and that fronts Lea Avenue. Read more about the project here.
The Voorhees Building — one of downtown Nashville’s best examples of mid-20th century industrial architecture — has been sold, according to The Tennessean.
A New York-based investor has paid $3.53 million for two Eighth Avenue South parcels, one of which includes Voorhees. The building sits near the intersection of Eighth and Division Street and straddles both The Gulch and SoBro.
The seller, the morning daily reports, was Voorhees Investors LLC, a partnership that includes real estate broker Rob Lowe of Cassidy Turley.
The Hilton Garden Inn currently under construction in SoBro will feature a Great American Grill in its restaurant space, according to the developer.
Rob Schaedle, president of Franklin-based Chartwell Hospitality LLC, said American Grill is the “prototype restaurant” in most HGIs.
Nashville has two Hilton Garden Inns with Great American Inns: the Midtown-based Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Vanderbilt and Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Airport.
The Hilton site in SoBro is bordered by Third Avenue on the east, Korean Veterans Boulevard on the north, Almond Street on the west and Peabody Street on the south. Once completed (the hotel only recently rose above grade), the 11-story Hilton will be the tallest building in SoBro.
Read more about the project here.
Two of three parcels fronting Broadway and on which a Hyatt Regency hotel had been planned are under contract, according to The Tennessean.
The two parcels, owned by Mayesco LLC and located within the 200 block of the street, include a retail building home to western wear retail store Trail West.
The parcels do not include the surface parking lot located at the southwest corner of Second Avenue South and Broadway or the two buildings positioned to the east of the Trail West structure, the morning daily reports.
Read more here.