Ground breaks this week on Midtown parking garage

Healthcare Realty Trust has released an image for and will break ground this week on its 907-space parking garage to accommodate Midtown Medical Plaza I and II in Midtown.

In addition, the Nashville-based medical office real estate investment trust has released an image of the 10-story garage, to be located in the 2000 block of Hayes Street. Nashville-based Gresham Smith and Partners is handling design.

Carla Baca, HRT director of corporate communications, said GS&P has designed the garage to include a covered pedestrian bridge that will connect to the third floor of the medical plazas and, ultimately, to Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital. If standing today, the garage likely would be one of the largest such facilities in Midtown.

An August 2016 completion is targeted.

Relatedly, Healthcare Realty Trust is undertaking an expansion, renovation and new construction on the aforementioned Midtown Medical Plaza I and II (which act as one building). The new construction will yield a building to sit at the southeast corner of the intersection of Church Street and 21st Avenue North a half block north of the parking garage. The site previously was home to a structure that housed, among others, Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital’s fitness center.

The two Midtown projects will carry a price tag of a collective approximately $50 million.

Read more here.

(Image courtesy of HRT and GS&P)

Oct 5, 2015 12:17 PM

Permit Patrol: 28 September 2015

Work to be done in Antioch, Donelson, Grassmere, Midtown
Sep 28, 2015 7:00 AM

Vanderbilt acquires Corner Pub Midtown site

University one of 13 entities to submit contract for property
Sep 24, 2015 3:14 PM

Real estate notes: REIT lands $9.19M permit for Midtown project

Nashville-based Healthcare Realty Trust has landed a permit related to the its medical office building under construction in Midtown.

Specifically, HRT is undertaking an expansion, renovation and new construction on Midtown Medical Plaza I and II (which acts as one building). The new construction will yield a building to sit at the southeast corner of the intersection of Church Street and 21st Avenue North a half block north of a parking garage HRT is developing. The site previously was home to a structure that housed, among others, Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital’s fitness center.

The Layton Companies Inc. is handling the work, with the permit valued at about $9.19 million.

Read more about the project here.

Chauhan eyes North Gulch space for two restaurants

Celebrity chef Maneet Chauhan and her business partners are targeting the North Gulch building last home to Anthem, and next to her Chauhan Ale & Masala House, for two new restaurant concepts, reports.

Joined by husband Vivek Deora and local businessman Moni Advani, Chauhan has signed a lease in place for the former nightclub space (see the buildings here courtesy of Google Maps) but has yet to disclose details.Earlier this year, Chauhan announced plans to open a micro-brewery in the Franklin building space soon to be vacated by Turtle Anarchy Brewing Co. (which is moving to The Nations).

Nations property could land restaurant

Nashville-based real estate investor and builder Jeff Estepp is in discussion with three restaurant groups to lease about 5,800 square feet space at his Centennial Hall property located in The Nations, The Tennessean reports.

The property — which includes a former church building and a structure that was last home to West Meade Decorating Co. — is located at 1105 51st Ave. N. Estepp paid $1.37 million for the property, the morning daily notes.

Read more here.


Sep 22, 2015 12:42 PM

Permit issued for Midtown restaurant Clyde's on Church

Chattanooga-based restaurateurs Taylor and Mike Monen have landed a permit for their Clyde's on Church bar and eatery in Midtown.

According to a Metro document, Nashville-based Dowdle Construction is handling the rehabbing of the first floor of the Chris-More building, located at 1700 Church St. The permit is valued at $1 million.

Read more here.

Sep 16, 2015 9:51 AM

Midtown building on possible redevelopment site to be razed

Brentwood-based real estate investor Tim Reynolds has landed a permit to demolish a building he owns in Midtown and located on the site on which he is mulling various development options.

According to a Metro document, Reynolds' Bravo Development will raze the building located at 1901 Church Street (and last home to an Advance Financial).  Demo Plus will handle the job, with the permit valued at $49,700.

Reynolds, who could not be reached for comment, told the Post in May that he is "in the early stages of evaluating the best uses for the site."

"The Church Street corridor is experiencing a great deal of redevelopment, and this site happens to lend itself to a future redevelopment for either hotel or residential," Reynolds said at the time, adding he has fielded "a number of calls" from hotel and residential developers about a potential flip of the property.

Read more here.

Sep 16, 2015 7:20 AM

Downtown firm rebrands, moves to Midtown

The former Jones Hawkins & Farmer relocates to renovated 1920s house
Sep 9, 2015 2:18 PM

Midtown property sells for about $1.2M

Fast-changing district continues to draw investor, developer interest
Sep 4, 2015 7:00 AM

CBRE begins retail leasing for Midtown's SkyHouse

The local office of CBRE has begun leasing efforts related to the 10,150 square feet of street-level retail space to be included in the 25-story SkyHouse Nashville, now under construction in Midtown.

Austin Benedict will handle the marketing and leasing for the retail space, according to a release.

The largest space, to span 3,000 square feet, will be located at the southeast corner of Broadway and 17th and includes 28-foot ceilings and a patio, intended for a restaurant user. The other spaces range from 1,000 to 2,800 square feet, with CBRE to target fast-casual restaurants, boutique shops or amenities stores for the residents of the building's 325 apartment units.

Of note, all retailers and retail patrons will have access to the building's 497-space parking deck.

Atlanta-based Novare Group and Simpson Housing are co-developing SkyHouse, which will have an address of 1701 17th Ave. S. This is Novare's third building in Nashville (joining Viridian and Encore) and its 15th SkyHouse.

“Novare Group and Simpson Housing have a long track record of delivering fabulous developments, and I look forward to seeing the success of other SkyHouse projects brought to Midtown Nashville," Benedict said in the release. "The project’s retail and abundant parking will fill a serious void in Midtown.” 

Read more here.

Aug 26, 2015 11:12 AM

Q&A: Tracy Gaurino of ForceX

Tracy Guarino is CEO and President of ForceX Inc., a defense contractor that recently relocated in headquarters from Clarksville to The Sheds on Charlotte in Midtown.

ForceX specializes in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance software development and geospatial application technology programs, ranking it one of Nashville’s more distinctive technology-oriented companies.

Post Managing Editor William Williams recently caught up with Guarino to gauge her take on the move (read more about that move here) and the company’s future.

Your senior executive team did a national search for the headquarters relocation, with the information yielding four cities: Huntsville, Nashville, Tampa and Washington, D.C. Why Nashville?

Most of these cities are already large aerospace and defense hubs. We wanted to help Middle Tennessee broaden its portfolio to include this industry as well. I believe that with the growing tech talent in our city, the governor’s desire to bring in more aerospace and defense businesses, and our commitment at ForceX to grow our business that we can help make this happen in Nashville.

We wanted to be in a city that was centrally located, had a thriving tech culture and growing economy. Nashville has the right  balance to meet our economic development, job growth, tech development, and quality-of-life needs. Our primary goal is to attract and retain top tech and leadership talent. Nashville gives us the ability to do that. 

What incentives has the state offered for the company to stay in Tennessee?

The state was proactive in recruiting us to keep our growing company here. The Department of Economic and Community Development awarded ForceX a $700,000 grant under the Fast Track Job Training Assistance program to support our commitment to maintain and increase jobs in Middle Tennessee. This is an investment that should pay off for this region many times over, and we are happy to do our part.

We are thrilled to make Nashville our new home. We are proud to be part of the commitment that our state leaders, local officials and business leaders — including Gov. Haslam, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd, and Ralph Schulz of the Nashville Chamber — have made to make our city one of the top technology centers in the country. ForceX wants to build on that momentum to put Nashville on the map as an attractive destination for defense contractors.

Because of security reasons, I understand you cannot get into specifics of the technology ForceX has developed or your work for the federal government and the military, but what can you say about ForceX involvement, in general, regarding this?

Our technology fuses together intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data from a variety of sources to give a clear picture of rapidly evolving and dangerous situations. Our job is to provide dynamic information that improves command decisions and saves lives. Our mission and motto is “to protect life and liberty” and we take pride in supporting this mission. 

ForceX provides visibility and communication between warfighters on the ground and in the air, and the decision makers on foreign soil and back at home. We are able to provide real-time video and intelligence data to create an instant common operating picture. So, when you see stories in the news about a special operations team going in on a sensitive mission to capture a terrorist, we are often the eyes and ears on that mission.

In addition to war fighting, is your technology also available for use the general marketplace?

We see this as the next frontier for our technology. ForceX creates highly customized mapping and video solutions, and performance technologies that can be used in a variety of commercial industries including fire departments, law enforcement, disaster relief and security organizations. There are many areas where ForceX can help make our nation a safer place, such as saving lives during earthquakes, forest fires and floods, and assisting with border patrol, bombings and security threats.

ForceX currently has about 120 employees. I understand you are planning to create another 175 jobs. What can you tell us about that and your new headquarters at The Sheds on Charlotte?

We have had rapid growth since our founding in 2004 in Clarksville. ForceX has grown from three to nearly 120 employees today, half of whom have come from the military. I am truly excited about our expansion plans, and there will be numerous new jobs created by our move.

The vast majority of our growing workforce will call Nashville their home. Our current facility at The Sheds on Charlotte is built to accommodate up to 350 employees. We also have some amazing ex-military pilots who train the end users on our software directly from training camps across the country. We are able to provide another way for these dedicated individuals to participate in protecting our great nation in addition to wearing a uniform.

ForceX originally considered maintaining its Clarksville office. However, you have since decided to consolidate that office and your Brentwood office into this more centralized Midtown location. What was your strategy regarding the consolidation?

We opened a satellite office in Brentwood in 2012 to test the market and work out any scalability challenges we might encounter, while our headquarters and management team were still close by, in Clarksville. To our delight, we were able to recruit top engineering and leadership talent very rapidly in Middle Tennessee, so Nashville emerged as a viable location for expansion. Once we decided on Nashville, we focused on finding an amazing space that our team would be proud of.

We needed a place to house a growing workforce that would accommodate our top-secret security needs and allow for ease of access for our customers and our team. While we had hoped initially to maintain a small location in Clarksville for ease of commute for our Clarksville folks, we decided that having one home that encouraged a cohesive team and supported our culture was important.  The location at The Sheds on Charlotte gave us that. 

On a personal note, you have always been committed to health and fitness. How have you taken the lessons learned from that effort and applied them to being the leader of a highly specialized company? 

Leading any growing business requires dedication, commitment and focus.  This is true whether you are trying to achieve success in health or fitness, or protecting life and liberty. As we all know, goals aren’t achieved overnight. In fitness or business, you must remain committed and focused to be successful. It’s exciting and exhausting. I love coming into work every day and working with a team of people who are as dedicated — and fit — as I am.

Aug 17, 2015 7:00 AM