Real estate notes: Trail West building razed

The Trail West building, the Lower Broadway historic masonry building perhaps best recognized for a segment of rusted metal skin, has been demolished, Nashville Business Journal reports.

Local business partners Steve Smith and Al Ross bought the property in November for $8.4 million and wanted to rehab the building, to an extent (read more here), to accommodate a steakhouse called Harry O’s.

Nashville-based Quirk Designs is handling the design of the new facility.

The original plan, according to the team, was to essentially construct a new building from within the shell of the existing building (to minimize disruption to both the site specifically and to Lower Broad in general). Once the new structure was completed, the skin of the existing building was to have been removed.

Historic Nashville in 2014 placed the building on a list of the city’s nine most "endangered" historic buildings.

Read more here.


Sears building under contract

The Hickory Hollow Mall building last home to a Sears is under contract for $5 million to Brentwood-based real estate investment firm Crestview Funds, The Tennessean reports.

The 150,000-square-foot Sears closed in 2012 as part of the effort to rebrand and revinvent the mall, now known as the Global Mall at the Crossings.

Read more here.

Sep 21, 2015 1:45 PM

Permit issued for Lower Broad project

The owners of the Lower Broad building last home to Trail West have landed a permit related to their project that will involve a new structure rising from within the skin of the existing structure.

Once reinvented, the site, located at the southeast corner of Third Avenue South and Broadway, will be home to a new four-story building to house a live music venue and a Harry O's Steakhouse (read more here).

Veteran Nashville-based restaurateurs Steve Smith and Al Ross have a plan, according to the team, is to essentially construct a new building from within the shell of the existing building (to minimize disruption to both the site specifically and to Lower Broad in general). Once the new structure is completed, the skin of the existing building can be removed to accommodate the doors and windows of the new building. The team is planning to repair and reinstall the current building’s existing rotating sign on the Third and Broad corner.

The developers had Nashville-based architecture firm Quirk Designs include a glass storefront they say is typical of the neighborhood, with the proposed design incorporating an “iconic rotating sign” to be affixed to the building’s Third and Broad corner.

Harmony Construction Group is serving as general contractor, with the permit valued at $4.161 million, according to a Metro Codes Department document.


Aug 20, 2015 7:20 AM

Tootsie's owner eyes steakhouse, music venue for Lower Broad building

Former Trail West building to be replaced with new structure
Jun 1, 2015 2:56 PM

Reasons to believe: Titans at Baltimore

We have witnessed some fairly remarkable reversals of fortune from the Tennessee Titans following a bye week.

There is no example more stirring than 2009, when they started 0-6 — capped by a 59-0 loss at New England — took a week off then won their next five and eight of the last 10.

Those sorts of things are the exception, though, and we have seen nothing from the first half of this season to suggest these Titans — fresh off their bye — will look or play dramatically different in their final eight games, beginning Sunday at Baltimore.

Three reasons to believe the Titans will succeed Sunday

Zach attack: Everyone in the organization has had time to digest the change at quarterback to rookie Zach Mettenberger. Plus, the bye week provided opportunity to identify and practice the things Mettenberger does well rather than focus on an upcoming opponent. From the moment he was drafted, the sense was that this was coach Ken Whisenhunt’s guy. If this is going to work, there should be some positive signs in this game.

Inside knowledge: Even though he is on injured reserve and unable to play, safety Bernard Pollard’s presence has to be worth something this week. For years, the Titans looked as if the unfailingly physical Ravens could occasionally intimidate them. With Pollard around, at least Titans have a sense of how that team thinks. So it should not be a mystery or inspire any sort of awe as it once did.

• Getting picky: All four members of the current starting secondary — cornerbacks Jason McCourty and Blidi Wreh-Wilson and safeties Michael Griffin and George Wilson — have at least one interception this season. Among the top 10 quarterbacks, in terms of passing yards, Joe Flacco’s eight interceptions thrown are second only to Andrew Luck’s nine. There will be opportunities for picks. The Titans need to make them when they are presented.

Three reasons to believe the Titans will struggle Sunday

• Running on: Whatever the effect off the field, the Ravens certainly have handled the Ray Rice scandal on the field. Veteran Justin Forsett has rushed for 609 yards (more than twice as many as Tennessee’s leader, Bishop Sankey) and Baltimore averages 121 rushing yards per game, ninth in the NFL. Its nine rushing touchdowns are tied for sixth in the league and more than twice the Titans’ total.

Size matters: Baltimore’s leading receiver is Steve Smith, who is listed at 5-foot-9, 195 yards. Kendall Wright (5-10, 191) is tied for the Titans’ lead. The size of their respective statistics differ greatly, however. Smith has 46 catches for 711 yards (an average of 15.5 yards) and four touchdowns. Wright has 35 catches for 350 yards (an average of 10 yards) with four touchdowns. It’s not the size of the player, it's the size of the plays he makes. And Smith is a bona fide big-play guy.

Location, location, location: Field position matters, and the Ravens gain advantages in several ways. They lead the league in average yards per kickoff return at 31.2, which is seven yards more than they allow. They are plus-2.7 yards in net punting and punter Sam Koch has had 15 punts downed inside the 20 with just two touchbacks.

The bottom line

Players and coaches are saying all the right things about wanting to win games now and trying to make the most of what’s left of this season. However, it is impossible to think anything other than that the Titans have started to build for next year.

The Ravens, on the other hand, are in the midst of a real battle for position in the league’s toughest division. Only three of their first nine opponents currently have losing records, and they won those three by a combined 115-34.

The Titans are not good enough. If they win, it will be a huge upset.

Nov 7, 2014 12:43 PM

Dumbwaiters, 'smart' elevators to highlight SoBro diner building

Structure to be one of downtown's 'most unique'
Oct 3, 2014 7:00 AM

BZA defers 24-hour diner request

Avenue Diner LLC owner Steve Smith has received a deferral on his request that the Metro Board of Zoning Appeals allow his 24-hour diner project in SoBro to move forward. Smith will now go before the BZA on Oct. 2 to request the BZA approve an interpretation to the downtown zoning code related to sidewalk requirements. If successful, Smith can resume construction of the building (for which a stop work order halted work), which would rise six stories at Third Avenue South and Demonbreun Street. Click here for background.

Sep 5, 2014 11:05 AM

Developers increase height of planned 24-hour diner building

Structure would rise six stories on SoBro lot, faces Metro approval
Aug 21, 2014 12:34 PM

Food truck park concept intrigues association leader

Business partners prep for Plan B if city nixes 24-hour diner project
Aug 8, 2014 7:00 AM

Diner backers detail food truck park alternative

Around-the-clock site could house dozen operators
Aug 7, 2014 2:19 PM

24-hour diner team envisions food truck park alternative

Developer goes to BZA after MDHA rejects updated design
Aug 6, 2014 7:03 AM