North Nashville site near Midtown eyed for townhomes

Local developer Wendell Harmer is targeting a North Nashville site just north of Midtown for eight townhomes, according to The Tennessean.

Harmer last week paid $250,000 for two lots spanning 0.4 acres and with addresses of 1721 and 1723 Jo Johnston Ave., the morning daily reports.

Van Pond Architect designed the townhomes, which also will face D.B. Todd Boulevard (see the site here courtesy of Google Maps) three blocks north of Charlotte Aveune. The units will be priced in the low to mid-$200,000s and are expected to be prepped for occupancy by summer 2016.


(Image courtesy of Wendell Harmer and Van Pond Architect)

Oct 13, 2015 1:45 PM

Q&A: Frank Wilk of Crain Construction

Frank Wilk is vice president of operations for Crain Construction, the general contractor for Buckingham Companies’ Aertson Midtown. Work is progressing on the 17-story mixed-use development, to be located near Vanderbilt University and that will include 350 apartments, a 180-room Kimpton Hotel and street-level retail. Post Managing Editor William Williams caught up with Wilk to ask a few questions about the project, which is expected to be completed in late 2016.

Aertson is a tight and distinctively configured site. What challenges do you face on such urban construction sites in general?

Typically space is tight, so delivery of materials has to be carefully planned and coordinated. You also have to consider traffic and pedestrian flow around the site. We have worked with Metro and the State so permitting allows the louder work to be done during the day. We also notify the neighboring restaurants and building managers before every concrete pour so that we can eliminate any surprise.

What noise reduction measures are you implementing on the site?

Crain Construction and our concrete contractor, Charter Construction Inc., have implemented several measures to reduce noise.

We do our concrete pours at night. So we constructed an insulated mobile wall panel system, about 10 feet high, around the pump truck to contain the noise within the insulated area. We put insulated “skirts” around the blades of the concrete troweling machine. We also changed the mufflers on the gas-powered machines to reduce noise and switched the back-up alarms, setting them at the lowest level allowed by OSHA.

Any numbers regarding the concrete pours?

The concrete structure is a 15-month process since we are pouring floor slabs for 17 stories and hundreds of concrete columns. We average two or three night-time concrete pours each week between midnight and 2 a.m., sometimes lasting until 6 a.m. Each pour involves 30 truckloads (10 cubic yards) of concrete.

How common are noise-reducing measures and/or equipment in Middle Tennessee?

We haven’t seen it used before. Our goal is to be a good neighbor and that means trying to reduce the noise on the site at night. We fabricated our own insulated skirts and wall panel system because we thought it was beneficial for the project and the neighbors.

Your efforts to minimize noise are being driven, in part, to address concerns from nearby neighbors. Some of these people live in more recently opened residential buildings and are upset about, in addition to the noise, losing their views. But I find it a bit baffling, and contradictory, that a percentage of the concerned folks living in the newer buildings were perhaps not concerned when the residents of, for example, the older Americana or University Square had to deal with noise and the loss of their views when the more recently opened buildings were under construction. Your thoughts?

Our noise reduction efforts are in response to the noise ordinance and because we want to be a good neighbor. We understand there may be frustration when construction is taking place next door, so our team has worked diligently to reduce noise, keep nearby residents and businesses informed, and respond to all concerns. We continually try to find solutions in relation to construction inconvenience as we did similarly with neighbors down the street at both the Home 2 Suites and Hilton Garden Inn sites.

Oct 12, 2015 6:45 AM

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