Franklin-based developer Boyle Investment Co. is targeting an office building and a Hampton Inn & Suites hotel structure for its mixed-used Berry Farms development, The Tennessean reports.
The 250,000-square-foot Class A office building (pictured here), to be called The Offices at Town Center, will be the 600-acre development’s first structure of its type. Construction could start this fall, according to the morning daily.
A fall groundbreaking also could be on tap for the 123-room Hampton, to be developed by Chartwell Hospitality. That entity recently finished it Hilton Garden Inn in SoBro.
The team looking to develop a Virgin Hotel in Midtown is planning to begin on-site grading by the end of October.
Dean Chase, chairman and CEO of D.F. Chase (which will serve as the general contractor for the development), said the plan is to begin the work within 60 to 120 days.
Read more here about the project, which is expected to feature 240 rooms and suites along with 15 penthouse residential units. The hotel's amenities are slated to include a centerpiece bar, live entertainment venue and an outside veranda, among other things.
Ryman Hospitality Properties executives have extended the maturity date of their $700 million revolving credit facility by two years until June 2019. The move also cuts between 160 and 240 basis points off the interest rate and leaves Ryman with no debt coming due in the next four years. Check out the details here. Shares of the Nashville-based company (Ticker: RHP) are up slightly year to date.
Ryman Hospitality Properties Chairman and CEO Colin Reed hasn't been shy of late in trumpeting the great numbers put up by his company's Nashville entertainment properties, led by the Ryman Auditorium and Wildhorse Saloon. In the first quarter of this year, that division posted operating profits of $2.1 million on revenues of $16.7 million. Those numbers were up 284 percent and 17 percent, respectively, year over year.
Reed also has in recent quarters repeatedly hinted at grander plans for the division, which has been lifted big time by the overall Nashville tourism boom. But they've been teasings more than anything else and Reed delivered another one on his team's earnings conference call Wednesday morning. Asked how he would value the entertainment business relative to Ryman's core hospitality operation, Reed said he would politely say no to any bidders looking to put an arena business valuation on his entertainment crown jewel. Then came the latest tease.
"We think that this business provides and builds unique content and we're spending more of our time thinking about how we can actually build more content," Reed said.
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