SoBro art piece installation begins

The Metro Nashville Arts Commission has announced that installation of public art piece Stix will begin today in SoBro with an eight-week completion targeted.

Nashville-based Rains Electric Company has been enlisted to serve as contractor, according to a release.

Sitx will anchor the Korean Veterans Boulevard roundabout adjacent to the southwest corner of the Music City Center.

Metro Arts selected UCLA art professor and Silver Lake, California-based Christian Moeller to create the piece for a cost of $750,000.

Consisting of 27 70-foot-tall native hardwood poles, the Stix pieces will be painted red orange, light blue, dark blue, light green and egg white, paying homage to the Native Americans who originally populated Middle Tennessee.

The installation schedule, which is subject to change, begins with site drilling spanning the next 10 days, with installation expected to begin the week of Sept. 14 and run through the end of the month. Once the poles are installed, lighting installation will tentatively begin on Oct. 1. Landscaping should be completed by the end of October.

Each day, work will commence at approximately 9 a.m. and be completed by 3 p.m. to minimize vehicular rush-hour issues. No work is currently scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays through the installation period.

Read more here.

Sep 2, 2015 9:52 AM

Image released for proposed SoBro project targeting creatives

The team behind what had been called Project BEACON has renamed the project planned for SoBro “Lyden,” simultaneously releaseing a new promotional video and a rendering.

The Tennessean offers various details about the project, which would feature a mid-rise building offer a boutique hotel and retail, restaurant/lounge space. Lyden is being billed as a “gathering place for creative people.”

The Lyden team has yet to acquire a property for the project.

Check the video here.


Sep 1, 2015 12:55 PM

SoBro site home to Little Mexico sells for $2.2M

Nashville-based restaurant company Fresh Hospitality has acquired a SoBro property for $2.2 million.

Nashville Business Journal reports the company bought the Fourth Avenue South site currently home to eatery Little Mexico. On an adjacent property, Fresh Hospitality is overhauling the building last home to The Rutledge live music venue so as to eventually accommodate a Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint.

The sellers were Carlos Hernandez, Lourdes Barajas and Salvador Ramirez.

See the sites here courtesy of Google Maps.

And read more here at NBJ.


Sep 1, 2015 7:15 AM

Developers seek SoBro lot consolidation

Nashville-based C.B. Ragland Co. and Houston-based Hines are seeking to consolidate various SoBro lots related to their mixed-use building planned for 222 Second Avenue.

The entities have enlisted Barge, Waggoner, Sumner & Cannon to handle the effort, with a Oct. 8 Metro Planning Commission meeting slated.

Relatedly, the co-developers tentatively will go before the Metro Development and Housing Agency Design Review Committee on Tuesday, Sept. 15, to seek approval for the function and exterior form of what could be a 25-story tower.

A detailed rendering has yet to be released.

Read more here

Sep 1, 2015 6:45 AM

Encore cafe space lands patio

The owners of the Steadfast Coffee shop slated for SoBro mixed-use tower Encore have released an image for their covered patio addition.

The patio will span  175 feet (see the site here courtesy of Google Maps).

Steelhead Building Group is handling the work, with a permit valued at $175,000.

Read more about the project here.

Aug 31, 2015 7:15 AM

Real estate notes: Lofts for Second, roundabout site for sale, and more...

Lots happened on the local commercial real estate front last week. Let’s take a quick look.

• Another prime SoBro site is for sale. The property located at 500 Eighth Ave. S. and in the shadows of the Music City Center Roundabout recently hit the market, according to Loop Net info. Maria Chrzan, Principal Broker & Owner at MAP Group, LLC, is listing the property for owner AMEC. No listing price is being disclosed.

“It’s a super site and within walking distance to the MCC,” said Chrzan (pictured).

• Nashville-based real estate investor Brad Daniel seemingly is planning some residences for Second Avenue North. Daniel — who wanted to develop with Gary Belz a large-scale apartment building on 16th Avenue South (a project that, in large part, spurred the Metro Planning Commission to essentially place a temporary halt on approving new construction for Music Row) — is now the registered agent for Nashville Riverfront Lofts LLC.

Daniel could not be reached for comment.

• The Metro Planning Commission approved an amendment to the  land-use policy and specific plan zoning related to Eakin Partners’ office building planned for the northwest corner of  30th Avenue South and Vanderbilt Place. The building will rise 12 stories and span 200,000 square feet.

• A Sept. 4 groundbreaking is set for the $25 million Division Street Extension and Bridge complete street project to connect The Gulch and SoBro, The Tennessean reports. 

Bell and Associates Construction, Gresham Smith and Partners and HDR|ICA Engineering Inc. will work on the project, which will see Division connect with Ash Street. The connector is expected to spur development in lower SoBro.

• Groundbreaking looms for the Lennar Multifamily Communities high-rise slated for 19th Avenue North near Music Row. All the buildings sitting within the footprint of the future 19-story building are now empty.

Read more about the project here.

Division Division Street Extension and Bridge

Eakin Partners building

Aug 31, 2015 7:00 AM

SoBro building being felled as Marriott project looms

A SoBro architectural icon is being razed.

Demo Plus Inc. is fully underway on the demolition of the modernist building last home to United Methodist Publishing House, with the work being undertaken to make way for a JW Marriott (read more here).

Former Nashville architeture firm Warfield and Keeble designed designed the UMPH Building. The firm was noted for having designed the L&C Tower. Both buildings (well, now basically only one) feature similar materials, such as dark granite, limestone and blue tinted glass.

Demo Plus is working via a Metro permit valued at $1.125 million.


Aug 28, 2015 2:13 PM

SoBro real estate buzz continues as bids for property due

This could prove interesting.

Today is the deadline for prospective buyers to make an offer for a SoBro property located at 804 Fourth Ave. S.

Of note, the property (spanning 1.48 acres and home to the oddly named and non-descript Downtown Business Center building) is one of a minimum of 20 in SoBro that are for sale, under contract or being prepped for redevelopment, as the fast-changing area continues to attract major real estate industry interest.

The Nashville office of Colliers International (Nate Greene) and Green Hills-based Eakin Partners (Brian Jernigan) are co-brokering the effort for Greensboro I, which acquired the two-building property in June 2003 for $2.75 million.

An asking price is not listed. However, a nearby site is for sale with the undisclosed asking price, according to sources, the equivalent of $150 per foot. If the Downtown Business Center property fetches that per-foot number (true, a big "if"), it will sell for $10.27 million.

Greene (pictured) described the property as offering “an excellent development opportunity.” (We would not expect words any less glowing; however, and in fairness, the site sits near interstate access and straddling the future path of the planned Division/Ash connector. Perhaps most tantalizing, the property is zoned to accommodate a multi-unit residential building or an office building, either of up to 16 floors.)

See the property here courtesy of Google Maps.


Aug 28, 2015 7:20 AM

Apartment building would represent Atlanta company's first Nashville project

Cocke Finkelstein eyes Olmsted SoBro for MCC area
Aug 27, 2015 12:24 PM

Developer eyeing SoBro project ponders storage business future

The Beach Co. continues to make progress on its mixed-use project slated for SoBro — but those hungry for updated details will have to remain patient.

Previously, the Charleston, South Carolina-based developer said it is targeting a year’s end start at the two-parcel site, which fronts both Sixth Avenue South and Lea Avenue and is recognized for the building home to Amerisite Sixth Avenue Storage.

Karen Bacot, Beach Co. director of marketing, on Thursday said the company is not yet ready to release a rendering or note a specific groundbreaking date. Nashville-based Southeast Venture (SEV) is the architect for the project.

As to the storage business, which The Beach Co. acquired when it bought the property for $5.65 million last March, Bacot emailed the Post the following:

“We are looking at all options at present including moving, closing and/or incorporating some storage into our new development.”

Obviously, a project featuring residential, retail and storage space would be distinctive. It might also allow SEV a creative opportunity to adaptively reuse portions of the existing buildings (see here courtesy of Google Maps), which were updated in 2006 to accommodate the storage business.

Given the new building will address two streets but not the intersection (on which sits a parcel with a different owner) and that SEV (known for its progressive design aesthetic) is the architect, this could prove an interesting project — regardless or whether storage space is, or is not, a component.

Read more here.

Aug 21, 2015 7:20 AM