The Nashville investor behind the Virgin Hotel planned for Music Row is exploring alternative options for the property, according to the Nashville Business Journal.
Plans for the Virgin Hotel were first announced in 2014, with renderings released last January. The Business Journal reports construction executive Dean Chase, who owns the site and is in charge of raising money to build the hotel, is sizing up other development possibilities for the prime spot just off the Music Row roundabout — even though Virgin officials say they're still working to move the project forward.
To be clear, Chase's preference remains doing a deal with Virgin, according to sources. Exploring other options does not preclude the possibility that a Virgin Hotel will wind up appearing on this site, though at best, the hotel now wouldn't open until 2017, which is later than originally stated.
Additional options could include office buildings, apartments or condos. For the full article, click here.
A local judge has dropped domestic assault charges for Nashville-based developer David Chase, according to multiple local media sources.
Judge Steve Dozier dismissed the charges after the district attorney’s office said it would no longer pursue the matter.
Chase, 38, was charged following a June 2014 incident involving ex-girlfriend Lauren Bull.
According to court records, the domestic violence and strangulation charges — and accusations of vandalism and interfering with a 911 call — were dismissed Wednesday.
Relatedly, Chase (pictured) is still facing a pending DUI charge.
Chase was part of a local investor group that plans a Virgin Hotel project in Midtown. He stepped aside from that role last September to address his legal troubles.
The dropped charges come as Dean Chase, David Chase’s father and chairman and CEO of D.F. Chase (which will serve as the project’s general contractor and has members who are part of the development team), told the Post Tuesday the plan is to begin on-site grading work within 120 days. (Read more here.)
It is unclear what David Chase’s future role might be with the development team.
The team looking to develop a Virgin Hotel in Midtown is planning to begin on-site grading by the end of October.
Dean Chase, chairman and CEO of D.F. Chase (which will serve as the general contractor for the development), said the plan is to begin the work within 60 to 120 days.
Read more here about the project, which is expected to feature 240 rooms and suites along with 15 penthouse residential units. The hotel's amenities are slated to include a centerpiece bar, live entertainment venue and an outside veranda, among other things.
In the wake of a domestic assault arrest that led to a controversial decision by a judge, developer David Chase has filed a federal lawsuit against the Metro Police Department.
Chase's lawsuit claims that his former girlfriend, Lauren Bull, was friends with at least one of the police officers who arrested Chase and "officers may have participated for purposes of furthering personal agendas relating to Bull."
The lawsuit, filed by Chase's attorneys Philip Robertson and J. Thomas Smith, alleges that Metro police Chief Steve Anderson, in a seven-page letter critical of Moreland's intervention that was widely reported by local media, "recklessly published false and defamatory statements concerning Mr. Chase." Anderson is not named in the lawsuit.
The lawsuit is seeking a jury trial and an unspecified amount in punitive damages.
Metro officials have in recent days issued big and/or important building permits for projects in downtown, Germantown and near Music Row. Here's a quick rundown:
• D.F. Chase is taking the next step on the 27-story Westin Hotel that will rise next to the Korean Veterans Boulevard roundabout. The contractor has been issued a $3.5 million permit to handle foundation work for Westin at 807 Clark Place.
• Balfour Beatty Construction has been given the go-ahead to build the shell for the five-story Crescent Music Row apartment complex, which will have 275 units. The permit for the project at 1221 Division St. is worth $24.3 million.
• Price Development Group's plan to redevelop the Wang Formosa site in Germantown has received two demolition permits worth a combined $154,500. The demo and environmental abatement work will take place at 1305 Third Ave. N. and 1300 Fourth Ave. N.
The Metro Education Department has secured a permit for continued work on Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet School gymnasium (see image below).
D.F. Chase Inc. will handle the construction effort via a permit valued at $4.77 million. The project also includes a structured parking facility
As general contractor, Chase previously oversaw the demolition at the site, located along Seventh Avenue North near Broadway.
Read more here.
Image courtesy of Kline Swinney Architects
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