Sylvan Park Restaurant in Berry Hill will cease operations on Sept. 30, according to a source with information about the closing.
The looming closing of the venerable meat-and-three eatery comes at a time of rapid change for the Eighth Avenue corridor and less than a year after local real estate investor Nick Spiva and his Spiva-Hill Investments (via Franklin Road Partners) acquired the building and the 0.7 acres on which it sits in December 2014 for $2 million. The property address is 2330 Franklin Pike. (See the site here courtesy of Google Maps.)
Neither Sylvan Park Restaurant officials (who also operate Sylvan Park Restaurant locations in Green Hills and Murfreesboro) nor Spiva could be reached for comment. The source, who asked to go unnamed, said a possible rent increase is a factor.
The general area in which the old-school restaurant operates is seeing a dramatic transformation. For example, Spiva is undertaking a 40-unit townhome project (read more here) on 1.83 acres at 708 Melpark Drive and 707 Bradford Ave. He paid $2.1 million for the property, last home to Corlew and Perry Flooring Inc. and American Heating & Cooling.
Relatedly, Spiva is constructing a new building, last home to Global Motorsports, that will house a restaurant to be operated by members of the ownership entity affiliated with Sinema (read more here). Spiva/Hill Management and Investment LLC paid in August 2000 $250,000 for the 0.36-acre property at 2222 Eighth Ave. S.
Unrelatedly, Alliance Residential Co. and a local investor group are undertaking two separate projects that will work essentially in tandem at the former Colonial Bakery site on the west side of Franklin Road (read more here).
Perhaps most telling, large-scale residential building 23Hundred at Berry Hill is located adjacent to Sylvan Park Restaurant, its opening about two years ago likely signalling the area's transitioning that is now fully underway.
City of Berry Hill officials are hoping to finalize next week with the Tennessee Department of Transportation a document that will allow the implementation of a grant to fund a multi-modal transportation plan related to Franklin Road.
Joe Baker, Berry Hill city manager, said the Active Transportation Program federal grant for the study (valued at $155,000) was secured through the Metropolitan Planning Organization. TDOT will be involved with the project given the specific segment of Franklin Road running through Berry Hill is a state highway (Highway 31).
The goal is to offer multi-modal improvements to the segment of the road — spanning Wedgewood Avenue on the north to Berry Road on the south — including sidewalks and pedestrian crossings, among others, Baker (pictured) said. The street lacks sidewalks and curbs within many stretches south of Bradford Avenue. As such, and with the recent addition of apartment building 23Hundred at Berry Hill, beer-centric retailer Craft Brewed, M.L. Rose Craft Beer and Burgers and mixed-use The Melrose (anchored by Sinema), it is not accommodating to walkers or cyclists who want to access its offerings in some manner other than by vehicle. (See a portion of the road here courtesy of Google Maps.)
“We’re trying to complete the study within the next 12 months,” Baker said. “We also want to look at where bike and possible future [mass] transit options can be made. Future options to be looked at include acquiring additional right-of-way.”
In addition to TDOT, Baker said Berry Hill will work with the Metro Public Works Department, the Metro Planning Department and area residents, property owners and business owners.
“We recognize this stretch of Franklin Road needs upgrades,” Baker said. “Finalizing the contract with TDOT is the next step in the process.”
Berry Hill-based LbGlobalLaw has rebranded as Quovant and added two industry veterans as it bolsters its position in the legal spend and matter management technology industry.
The 20-year-old firm has about 100 employees worldwide and 50 in Nashville, according to a release.
“The company decided to rename and rebrand because the legal spend and matter management marketplace is in a period of fundamental change,” Steve French, Quovant president and CEO, said in the release. “We wanted our brand to reflect the fact that our company is in a perfect position to better serve our clients as these changes happen.”
As a part of the rebranding, Quovant has hired Joe Kazemieh and Jeff Hodge.
A veteran sales professional and former regional director of sled at ELM Solutions, Kazemieh (on left in photo) has joined as chief sales officer. He was formerly the regional director of sales at ELM Solutions.
Hodge (on right in photo) has more than 25 years of experience with corporate legal departments and corporate legal software providers. He has led standards initiatives involving LEDES (Legal Electronic Data Exchange Standard) and UTBMS (Uniform Task Based Management System).
Full-scale work is underway on the Berry Hill site slated for Melpark Village, a 40-unit townhome project being undertaken by an entity that includes Nashville-based real estate investor Nick Spiva.
Nashville-based Quirk Designs is serving as architect.
A foundation permit recently was issued to Bacar Constructors Inc., with total value of work for the project listed as about $6.45 million, according to a City of Berry Hill document.
The site (see here courtesy of Google Maps) is bordered by White Avenue on the east, the 23Hundred at Berry Hill apartment building on the west and Bradford Avenue on the north. Franklin Road runs a half-block to the west.
The Nashville office of national design consultant Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc., will move to the general Berry Hill/Melrose area from Cummins Station in SoBro, Nashville Business Journal reports.
The firm will take space The Boot Factory, located at 90 Oceanside Drive, according to NBJ. The building is located in South Nashville about five blocks east of Franklin Road and approximately a mile south of the epicenter of the fast-changing Wedgewood-Houston district.
With the addition of K-H, Nashville-based Chas. Hawkins Co. Inc. 80 percent of the 127,000-square-foot building leased, NBJ reports.
Kimley-Horn has multiple offices nationwide, including in Memphis.
Read more here.
Nashville-based developer The Capital Corp. has landed a permit to begin work on its Melrose retail building, according to a Metro Codes Department document.
The building will span 7,732 square feet and consist of three restaurant spaces and one non-restaurant retail space, according to the permit. Of note, the building will be located partly in Berry Hill and partly in Nashville.
Robert S. Biscan & Co. will serve as the general contractor, with the permit valued at $463,147.
Read more here.
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