A property located at the intersection at which The Gulch and SoBro connect is for sale.
The site, home to a Carquest Auto Parts store, is located at 777 Eighth Ave. S. at the southwest corner of the Eighth and Division Street intersection (seen below in an image courtesy of Google Maps). Owner the Stillman family wants to ground lease the property and is asking $500,000 per year.
Arthur Perlen, Centennial Retail Services principal, is representing the family. He said the owner is open to selling outright.
“This particular property has enormous potential for all types of uses,” Perlen (pictured) said.
For example, Metro Planning Department regulations show that a residential building of up to 28 stories (20 floors by right and up to eight floors via bonuses for green space, affordable housing, etc.) is allowed on the site.
Those familiar with The Gulch say Eighth/ Division ranks among the top intersections in the fast-changing district, along with 12th Avenue and Division, the 11th and 12th split and 12th and Demonbreun Street.
The segment of Division Street that spans 12th and Eighth will soon see the opening of a Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott. In addition, Mainland Urban Development is eyeing a mixed-use project (read more here) to be sited between the buildings home to Rumours Wine Bar in Icon and Yazoo Brewing Co. Nearby, owners of Carter Vintage Guitars, Jackalope Brewing Co. and King Baby Studio have made major improvements to the buildings from which they operate.
On the SoBro side of the Eighth and Division intersection, significant work was done to reinvent the building now home to the Pour House. Relatedly, New York-based Harmolio LLC recently paid $3.53 million for the Voorhees Building.
Ron Brewer, Nashville chapter organizer of message board website urbanplanet.org, said the combination of the planned Division Street Extension and the numerous changes on the southeast fringe of The Gulch render the Stillman family site all the more prime.
“If a residential or mixed-use building is constructed on the site, that could be a game-changer,” said Brewer, who created and maintains a development tracker map (see here) that many of Nashville’s built environment professionals and hobbyists alike use for reference purposes. “The Gulch has pushed growth to the east, west and north. In the case of growth being pushed east, Metro needs to look at the pedestrian accessibility at the intersection of Eighth and Division.”
It appears New York-based chef Jonathan Waxman has got his permit to begin work on a restaurant for a McGavock street building located on the fringe of The Gulch. A veteran of Chez Panisse and Michael's on the West Coast, Waxman gained fame with Jams in New York City and has opened a number of restaurants (including Bud's, Hulot's and Table 29). He is currently the owner of Barbuto in the West Village. Steve Cavendish has done the digging over at Bites.
"TBA NY celebrity chef"? Last year at Music City Eats, Waxman spoke glowingly about Nashville, the area's farms and the city's restaurant scene. What better place to kick off a "series of American bistro style restaurants" than Music City?
If it walks like a Waxman and talks like a Waxman, it's probably a Waxman, right? We'll see soon enough.
National chain Massage Envy has opened the doors to its latest Middle Tennessee location at 73 White Bridge Road, across the street from the Target store. The location is the Arizona-based company’s 10th in the region. Partner Dale Taylor said the clinic encompasses 4,065 square feet and has 15 therapy rooms. A celebratory grand opening will take place next Wednesday
Two more food options are coming to Cool Springs in the shape of Indian eatery Bawarchi Biryani Point and Jamba Juice.
The Bawarchi location will be the first in Tennessee for a Texas-based company with national aspirations. The concept aims to bring fast-food Indian appetizers and rice pilafs and will have room for about 70 diners on Bakers Bridge Avenue just east of Interstate 65. Owners Kris Alapati, Kishore Tummala and Naga Pasumarthi say they want to have Bawarchi be a place “where buddies can hang out for a couple of quick beers, have some Indian appetizers, and still carry out food for the family.”
Less than three miles south, franchisee Fruitful Living will this spring open its second area store to go with its Elliston Place spot. Managing Owner Sam Whittier says heading to Franklin was "the next logical step" for his team, which has settled on space in the Spring Creek retail center adjacent to the Drury Plaza Hotel on McEwen Drive.
The state's Department of Economic and Community Development has partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Appalachian Regional Commission to set up a program to drive smart development in more than two dozen Tennessee downtowns. The IDEA initiative — IDEA standing for Ignite Downtown Economic Action — will assess 27 Main Streets and provide recommendations for how to boost their developments. Locally, the program will work with officials in Columbia, Franklin, Gallatin, Lebanon, Leiper's Fork and Murfreesboro.
USDA Rural development State Director Bobby Goode said that the three partner agencies are contributing a combined $121,500 to fund the initiative. “The amount of money invested for each town may seem pretty small, but by working together at the state, local and federal levels we leverage each other’s strengths for this next step and future steps that grow out of the plans each community makes as a result of the IDEA Initiative,” Goode said.