The hot chicken purveyors at Hattie B's are preparing to take over the space at 5209 Charlotte Pike from Nuvo Burrito owners Sean Perry and Tom Justice. It will be the concept's second spot. Perry and Justice, meanwhile, also will close the doors to their original spot in East Nashville later this month so that they can focus more on SoBro. Dana Kopp Franklin has the details here.
The cover story of this week's City Paper comes from our own J.R. Lind, who took to the sidewalks of Charlotte Avenue to gauge just how the important thoroughfare is being transformed bit by bit, often by local entrepreneurs very careful about "providing the amenities that the new crowd wants and balancing the desires of the longtime residents."
It won't be the first mixed-use revamping of an existing industrial structure in Nashville — Edgehill Village and Marathon Village are the city's two most prominent examples — but money flowing to Charlotte for these types of projects is still rare. Commercial real estate developers are equal parts speculative and risk-averse; if Holladay can make it work at 22nd, someone else will take a chance farther west — but Arender said don't expect a wholesale change.
Nashville-based EOA Architects is working with state officials to develop various plans to repurpose the former Tennessee State Prison site, which could include a museum within the 1898-built main building, built in 1898.
The state building commission approved an $800,000 expenditure last fall to study the property's redevelopment and retrofitting options.
Located off Centennial Boulevard in West Nashville, the main building is considered by many an architectural treasure. Several movies, including The Green Mile and The Last Castle, have filmed at the site since its closing in 1992.
Pierce Greenberg and nashvillecitypaper.com have the story here.
The John C. Tune Airport saw March fuel sales decrease 17.5 percent compared to March 2012 figures, according to recently released Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority statistics.
A key cause for the dip involved the West Nashville facility losing a major client (actually, the owner of a jet) to another airport.
According to MNAA officials, the fluctuation is normal and can be attributed to various factors such as weather patterns and variations in flight schedules.
Opened in 1986, John C. Tune Airport has an employee payroll of $3.1 million. MNAA officials say the facility’s annual economic impact is $10.8 million.