Brooklyn-based Urban Cowboy is targeting a historic home near East Nashville’s quirky Five Points district for a cosmopolitan bed and breakfast spot, Nashville Business Journal reports.
Lyon Porter (pictured), who owns the hipster BnB concept business, bought the massive Queen Anne Victorian building located at 1603 Woodland Ave. (see the building here courtesy of Google Maps) for $915,000 last March. He has not announced an opening date, according to NBJ.
For perspective regarding how East Nashville property values have changed, Belinda Leslie and Bennett Keister acquired the home and the .38 acres on which is sits for $230,000 in February 2000.
A one-night stay in Urban Cowboy, which operates from a building in the hyper-cool Williamsburg district in Brooklyn, ranges from $150 (for the modest one-bed Dream Catcher room) to $2,000 for The Full Cowboy (a four-bedroom standalone cabin).
Read more here at NBJ.
Nashville has become so hot for new urban development that the breaking news of proposed mixed-use buildings with ground-level retail and three to four floors of apartments no longer creates quite the buzz it generated a few years ago.
But last week’s announcement that Southeast Venture and Main St. Properties Inc. are targeting such a structure for a 1.9-acre site located at the southwest corner of the intersection of South Fifth and Woodland streets in East Nashville … well, that spurred me to take pause.
Indeed, what is being called EastSide Heights (read more here) might be, arguably, more significant than the majority of the city’s many similar buildings recently finished, under construction or planned.
Here are some reasons why.
* There are three key streets connecting downtown to East Nashville: Main Street, Shelby Avenue and Woodland Street.
Main is extremely wide and offers multiple low-slung buildings severed from the sidewalk by parking. Their replacements would need to be at least five floors (if not a minimum of six) to create strong street definition. As such, many years (and much new construction) will be needed for Main to achieve a proper urban scale. In contrast, Shelby is almost exclusively residential and basically built out.
No doubt, the potential for significant change for both Main and Shelby is limited.
In contrast, Woodland could be special, as it offers a manageable three-lane width and three elements of note: a trio of multi-unit residential buildings; a smattering of free-standing single-family homes; and East Park, with its tasteful community center building. Perhaps most key, its hideous one-story modernist buildings spanning Eighth and 10th and that need to be razed at some point would require only three-story replacements to yield quality street definition and pedestrian vibe.
Woodland is, of the three streets, clearly the most potentially urban in its form and function.
But urban-ness for Woodland will require more than the aforementioned three multi-unit residential buildings (715 Woodland, East End Lofts and City View Lofts), none of which offers retail. EastSide Heights will have retail space fronting Woodland, rendering the building even more of a “contributor” to the street’s future urban-ness.
* Because of the inner-interstate loop and the massive lake of asphalt parking that accommodates Nissan Stadium, the east side will always be severed from the East Bank and downtown.
On this note, EastSide Heights likely will be situated as close to the Cumberland River as any other future similar building constructed on Main, Shelby and/or Woodland. As such, it will serve (at least psychologically) to “lessen” the distance between the river and South Fifth (the street that most locals feel is the western fringe of East Nashville).
Mixed-use building Fifth & Main serves a similar “welcome to the east side” function. But its location at the spaghetti junction-like fusion of South Fifth, Spring Street and Ellington Parkway is visually nightmarish and dangerous for pedestrians. The site for EastSide Heights, on the other hand, is much more attractive and functional. As an entryway building of sorts, it will play nicely at this intersection.
* On a related theme, the handsome Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church building in the 400 block of Woodland has long needed a structure located across the street to provide some visually interesting context and contrast. The hyper-contemporary EastSide Heights will be a bold neighbor for Saint Ann’s and its understated masonry skin.
* Smallish commercial pockets located within larger mixed-use urban districts need — to achieve full urban form and function — a minimum number of noteworthy buildings. Currently, the area bordered by Main on the north, South Fifth on the west, Woodland on the south and South Eighth Street on the east has 11 such structures: the aforementioned Saint Ann’s, City View Lofts, 715 Woodland, Fifth & Main and East Park Community Center; and existing buildings home to Nashville First Church of the Nazarene, Holy Name Catholic Church, East Side Station, Center 615, Hardaway Construction and First Baptist Church East Nashville.
That’s a respectable number. But a few more key buildings are needed and they are coming in the form of Stacks on Main, The Turnip Truck and, of course, EastSide Heights. The latter will be one more key piece of the puzzle for this mixed-use node within commercial East Nashville’s western segment.
* The site is currently used for surface parking, of which the city has an excess. This will be a vast upgrade.
* Southeast Venture represents one of the most prominent and successful Nashville-based development companies — if not the most notable — to tackle a project on the east side. This sends a strong message to other similar-sized, and larger, local development entities. If Southeast Venture is willing to temp East Nashville, perhaps, for example, Hill Realty or Giarratana Development might eventually be more willing than otherwise to do likewise. Simply put, Southeast Venture’s presence will shed additional positive light on East Nashville.
Officials with Butcher & Bee have landed a permit for work on the East Nashville building from which the restaurant will operate, according to a Metro Codes Department document.
To be located at 902 Main St., Butcher & Bee will be overseen by Greg Marks and Chelsey Conrad, who will serve as co-chefs and co-managing partners.
Powell Construction Studio will handle the work, with the permit valued at $300,000.
Marks and Conrad also operate a Butcher & Bee in Charleston, South Carolina.
See the building here courtesy of Google Maps.
Nashville-based interior designer Karen Goodlow is planning a space for startup businesses in the former Gallatin Road Fire Hall Engine No. 18 building located in East Nashville, The Tennessean Reports.
The building, with an address of 1220 Gallatin Ave. and recognized for it location adjacent to a WalMart, also will provide a retail space for Goodlow's Grounds 2 Give coffee, through which the businesswoman donates a percentage of sales to assist low-income Nashvillians.
Goodlow (pictured) will call the vintange masonry building (see here courtesy of Google Maps) The Station, according to the morning daily.
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