The Urban Land Institute's Nashville chapter on Thursday evening recognized five local projects with its annual Excellence in Development Awards at a gathering in the Music City Center. The winners are the Cumberland Park/Bridge Building, the Ragland Building now home to Asurion offices, the Ryman Lofts on Rolling Mill Hill, the Trolley Barns redevelopment and the Werthan Lofts project in Germantown. They're pictured in that order below. Full info on the buildings is available here.
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has filed for Metro Council review a $300 million capital spending plan that includes an element developers and business owners will find interesting.
Dean has earmarked $3 million for a so-called one-stop permit center. To be located at the Metro Office Building on the Fulton Campus in SoBro, the center would bring together “key staff” from the Metro Planning, Codes, Water Services and Stormwater departments, as well as the Historic Zoning Commission and the Davidson County Fire Marshall’s Office. The Dean administration said the center “will simplify the regulatory and permitting process for property owners and allow small and mid-size businesses to begin operations quicker.”
Steven Hale and The City Paper have more here.
SoBro's The Johnny Cash Museum will celebrate a grand opening on Thursday, May 30. Bill Miller's creation has been open for a few weeks (with the gift shop having been well established) and has quickly earned high praise. Area tourism officials trust the civic offering will deliver the city an attraction that is popular with locals and visitors alike. Jessica Nicholson and MusicRow.com have the story here.
Music City Center Chronicle of Construction — a 200-page coffee table book depicting the rise of Nashville’s soon-to-open SoBro convention facility — will be available beginning May 19.
The book will retail for $179.99 and be available through the print on demand site Blurb. A link to purchase the book can be found here.
The book will also be available at the grand opening of the facility on May 19, in the educational exhibit space at the entrance at the corner of Fifth Avenue South and Demonbruen Street.
The book will be geared towards people and companies who worked on the project as a document of their work, Nashville history buffs, lovers of construction and visitors to the center.
The public will be able to purchase the book as well as individual images off the web site.
In February 2010, East Nashville-based Aerial Innovations of TN, Inc., took the first of what ultimately became 16,500 photos of the MCC.
Aerial Innovations was asked to develop the book by Kevin Keller, an official with MCC contractor Bell/Clark. Keller had seen a previous book the company had done on Icon in The Gulch and thought MCC would benefit from a similar documentation. To help with the cost, Keller urged several key subcontractors on the project to become sponsors, including Ceco Concrete, Lenex Steel, Conti Electric, Foley Mechanical and Baker Roofing.
A group of SoBro-based business and property owners are asking Metro officials to consider locating the police department’s new central precinct station on property south of Lafayette Street instead of the currently planned site at the southwest corner of Sixth Avenue and Korean Veterans Boulevard. The City Paper has the story here.