Palmer Plaza set for $1.16M in upgrades

Midtown office tower Palmer Plaza is set for interior updates.

According to a Metro Codes Department permit, Nashville-based DWC Construction Co. will handle the work, with the permit valued at $1.16 million. The focus will be on the building’s lobby and commons areas of floors one, two and three.

Chicago-based real estate investment firm CA Ventures created AGRE VPCV Palmer Plaza Owner LLC for the $50 million acquisition of the building last March (read more here).

Located at 1801 West End Ave., the 18-story Palmer Plaza rises 269 feet and is the tallest building in Midtown. It opened in the late 1980s and offers 243,000 square feet.

Nov 25, 2015 6:50 AM

Massive LED billboard to be installed at Broadway-West End split

Sign to tower over key Midtown site
Nov 23, 2015 11:32 AM

Donatos eyes late January opening for Midtown restaurant

Donatos Pizza is targeting a late January 2016 opening for its Midtown restaurant.

The suburban Columbus, Ohio-based parent company of the eatery is having DWC Construction of Nashville overhaul the Broadway structure that most recently served solely as the home to Salon FX. That entity will remain in the building but operate from a smaller space accessed via Division Street. Donatos, which ranks among the nation’s 25 largest pizza chains by sales, will front Broadway.

Tom Santor, Donatos Pizza spokesman, said the company has enlisted Music Row-based Smallwood Nickle Architects to handle the update of the building. He said the Midtown store will offer various pizzas (including one that features Nashville staple hot chicken) not found at other Donatos locations. Santor said the store is expected to employ 10 full-timers and 30 part-time workers.

Of note, the Midtown Donatos (to be the first for the company in Music City) will offer various local beers, including Hop Project IPA from Yazoo Brewing, Ruby American Red Ale from Fat Bottom Brewing, St. Charles Porter from Blackstone Brewing and Thunder Ann APA from Jackalope Brewing. In another local move, the restaurant will feature live music.

According to, Donatos ranked as the nation’s 22nd largest pizza chain in 2014, with the company recording $162 million in gross sales for that year. In 2011, ranked Donatos No. 1 for sales in the fast-casual pizza chain segment.

Read more here.

(Image courtesy of Donatos and Smallwood Nickle)

Nov 23, 2015 7:15 AM

Local Microsoft office to move to oneC1TY from Cool Springs

Tech giant to leave Meridian for Midtown development
Nov 18, 2015 2:46 PM

Landlord files suit againt J&J's owners

A planned redevelopment of the Midtown site long home to the quirky and distinctive J&J's Market & Café may have hit a stumbling block.

The Tennessean reports Ardavan Afrakhteh, who recently acquired the property and wants to raze the various buildings on the site so as to develop a mixed-use project, has filed a lawsuit against the J&J owners related to a lease dispute.

Read more here.

Nov 5, 2015 11:45 AM

Edgehill Village getting J.Crew, wine bar/restaurant concept

The Tennessean reports Edgehill Village has landed a J.Crew.

Similarly, Eater Nashville reports that the team behind Bartaco in 12South plans to bring a location of its Barcelona wine bar/restaurant concept to the Edgehill Village complex, which is undergoing extensive renovations. There's no timeline yet for an opening of Barcelona, which has a dozen other locations in Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts and the Washington, D.C., area.

Nashville-based Rob Lowe, Elliott Kyle, Jay Weaver and McClain Towery are reinventing the popular buildings, located at the intersection of Edgehill Avenue and Villa Place.

SEE ALSO: Wine bar/restaurant coming to East Nashville from six weeks ago

Nov 3, 2015 10:02 AM

Vanderbilt to take ex-ESa office space at Loews

Vanderbilt University is preparing to move various departments to the Loews Vanderbilt Plaza midrise in Midtown, taking space most recently used by Earl Swensson Associates.

Brentwood-based Orion Building Corp. is handling the work to get the offices ready, with a Metro Codes Department-issued permit valued at $3 million.

Included in the move to the modernist structure (see here courtesy of Google Maps) will be the VU Office of News and Communications, which currently operates from the Baker Building, also located in Midtown on 21st Avenue North.

Princine Lewis, the office’s senior strategist, said the renovations and relocations to Loews are expected to be completed in early 2016.

“Vanderbilt will use the renovated space in Loews Vanderbilt Plaza to consolidate some university departments that currently have offices located across campus,” Lewis said.

Five floors and the penthouse space within the Loews Vanderbilt Plaza, which is located at 2100 West End Ave., will be rehabbed. ESa had occupied most of the space on the floors before moving earlier this year to the mixed-use Gulch Crossing, which the Nashville-based architecture firm designed.

Loews Nashville Hotel Corp. owns the building, which is anchored by the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel.

The VU Office of the General Counsel already operates from the building.

Oct 21, 2015 1:00 PM

Recently opened Edge Midtown almost one-third leased

Almost one-third of the residential units in recently opened apartment building Edge Midtown are leased — no more than eight weeks into the process.

Located at the northwest corner of the intersection of 22nd Avenue North and State Street, the 146-unit is distinctive for offering some micro-units, many of which are 450 square feet or fewer (with the smallest apartment spanning a mere 396 square feet).

Elmington Property Management, a division of Elmington Capital Group, is handling the marketing and leasing of the building. Relatedly, the Nashville-based company and Giarratana Nashville, the developer, recently finalized what they are billing as the first offering of one year of free rent to a resident.

Jenny McClain, EPM marketing director, said the team is pleased with the initial effort and resident response.

“We have been very aggressive on our approach to marketing this community,” McClain said. “With the team we have in place, we are very optimistic this leasing pace will continue.”

McClain said the Edge Midtown units are renting for about $3 per foot per unit on average. The majority of the building’s residences are sized between 500 and 700 square feet.

Oct 16, 2015 7:00 AM

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