A look at the SoBro Marriott architect

Here is a tidbit of note for those of you who care about such.

The architect designing the SoBro building to house three Marriott brands is, seemingly, a machine.

Lawrenceville, Georgia-based Lindsay Pope Brayfield Clifford & Associates offers an impressive resume (at least in terms of sheer numbers) for hotel building design. Specifically, the LPBC&A website lists an eye-catching 30 hotel projects (we don’t know what percentage are finished, underway or planned as our multiple attempts to contact company officials failed).

Atlanta-based North Point Hospitality Group will serve as developer of what it is billing the nation's first tri-branded Marriott hotel.

Work on the $120 million 455-room hotel building — to be located at the southeast corner of the intersection of Korean Veterans Boulevard and Fifth Avenue South across KVB from the Music City Center — is expected to start later this year. (Read more here.)

On a related note, LPBC&A (see the hotel list here) designed for North Point the Midtown-based Hilton Garden Inn. Interestingly, the general contractor for that project was Crain Construction, and we are curious to see if the Nashville-based GC will handle this project.


Jul 27, 2015 7:15 AM

MDHA committee OKs SoBro hotel project design

Entity also votes down parking lot planned for fast-changing district
Jul 21, 2015 2:27 PM

Investors eyeing hotel pay $6.3M for SoBro parcels

Site located south of convention center
Jul 9, 2015 10:58 AM
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Symphony seeks consolidation of SoBro lot eyed for development

Nashville Symphony officials are requesting the Metro Planning Commission approve a lot consolidation involving a small portion of the nonprofit’s SoBro property that fronts Korean Veterans Boulevard and that a developer is reportedly eyeing for a hotel.

“This is housekeeping matter to make it possible to redevelop the site,” said Alan Valentine (pictured), Nashville Symphony president and CEO. “We would do this regardless of whether we were trying to sell the site or not.”

Nashville Business Journal, citing multiple real estate sources, recently reported the Nashville Symphony is negotiating to sell the property to Ohio-based Pizzuti Cos. The 0.75-acre site, currently used as a surface parking lot, sits at the southwest corner of the intersection of KVB and Fourth Avenue South.

Valentine declined to discuss the looming sale or identify the prospective buyer.

No commission meeting date has been set.

Jul 9, 2015 7:10 AM

SoBro tower Encore slated for cafe

Steadfast Coffee downtown restaurant to complement Germantown location
Jul 9, 2015 7:00 AM

Historic Rutledge Hill building to offer commercial, residential spaces

Adaptive reuse project slated for year-end completion
Jun 26, 2015 7:00 AM

Restaurant group has SoBro site under contract

Nashville-based Fresh Hospitality is under contract to buy a SoBro property located at 416 Fourth Ave. S. downtown, Nashville Business Journal reports.

The property, on which sits a building home to Little Mexico restaurant, was most recently appraised at $1.13 million, according to Davidson County property records.

Fresh Hospitality confirms the closing but not disclose a date in the NBJ article.

Relatedly, the company has acquired a property located adjacent to the site and has enlisted Dryden Architecture and Design (D|AAD) of Berry Hill to overhaul the interior space. That building was last home to live music venue The Rutledge.

Fresh Hospitality, the parent of various eateries — including Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ and Taziki’s Café — has yet to announce which of its many brands will operate from the space, the address for which is 410 Fourth Ave. S.

Read more here and see the Little Mexico building here courtesy of Google Maps.

Jun 22, 2015 1:03 PM

A new image for SoBro's SoBro

An updated image of downtown tower SoBro, currently rising from the ground within the district from which the building takes its name, can be found on the website of the architect.

Chicago-based Loewenberg Architects is designing the 32-story tower, on which Nashville-based SoBro Development Co. (an affiliate formed in 2008 when local developer Tony Giarratana bought the land) Wanxiang America Real Estate Group and Magellan Development are partnering. The trio comprises WMG Realty Holding Co. LLC.

See the Loewenberg site here and read more about the project (and see other images) here and here.

(Image courtesy of WMG and Loewenberg)


Jun 19, 2015 6:45 AM

MDHA OKs plan for proposed SoBro Holiday Inn

The Metro Development and Housing Agency Design Review Committee approved this morning the concept plan for Pinnacle Hospitality Partners’ 15-story full-service Holiday Inn and Suites proposed for SoBro.

The Nashville-based developer, which now must go before the Metro Council in July for a rezoning approval, is eyeing a year’s end start. Ray Dayal, PHP CEO, said the company could break ground as early as this fall.

The 228-room hotel building would sit at the northwest corner of the intersection of Peabody Street and Fourth Avenue South.

Read more here.

Jun 16, 2015 11:38 AM

Developer seeks MDHA approval for proposed SoBro Holiday Inn

Pinnacle Hospitality Partners will go before the MDHA Design Review Committee Tuesday to seek exterior design approval for its 15-story Holiday Inn and Suites building for SoBro, with the Nashville-based developer eyeing a year’s end groundbreaking.

The 228-room hotel building would sit at the northwest corner of the intersection of Peabody Street and Fourth Avenue South. (See the site, courtesy of Google Maps, here with two buildings last home to Hearing Bridges and that have since been razed.)

The site sits within MDHA’s Rutledge Hill redevelopment district and, as such, committee approval is needed for the hotel building’s exterior design.

PHP previously went before the committee, which requested wider sidewalks. PHP also has modified the parking garage entrance since the first committee meeting.

“It’s basically the same hotel but we’re making provisions for the requested sidewalk width,” said Ray Dayal, PHP CEO. “We are very hopeful that MDHA will approve our submittal.”

PHP also recently submitted to the Metro Planning Department a zoning change request.

Memphis-based Bounds and Gillespie Architects is designing the building. The architect also designed the Homewood Suites by Hilton located at 2400 West End Ave. across from the Vanderbilt University campus.

Dayal, who owns three other downtown hotels, said the Holiday Inn will offer meeting rooms, bars, a restaurant, garage parking and ground-level retail space.

PHP created Pinnacle 4th and Peabody LLC for the acquisition and redevelopment, having paid $2.75 million for the property in July 2012.

Pinnacle developed a Home 2Suites hotel located near the Nashville International Airport.

Jun 16, 2015 7:15 AM