Bradford’s Furniture — a home furnishings and interior design retailer that began local operations in 1889 and has been recognized for its Green Hills location for 64 years, will close by year’s end.
In a release, Bradford’s officials did not disclose a specific reason for closing.
“As a 126-year-old family business, this has been a very tough decision to make,” Bill Rowland, Bradford’s president, said in the release. “We are so appreciative and thankful that Nashville has been so good to Bradford’s. It’s just time for a change.”
Originally located downtown, Bradford’s was one of Nashville’s first retailers to make the move to Green Hills in 1950. At the time, the city was seeing a population shift to the suburbs.
The store has been best known, perhaps, for offering hand-selected antiques from Great Britain and Europe, along with a selection of Oriental rugs. Other offerings have included custom window treatments, lighting, art and decorative objects.
The store, which will offer sales until its closing, is located at 4100 Hillsboro Road.
Green Hills-based Woodmont Christian Church — recognized for its modernist white brick and towering steeple — will dedicate its soon-to-be completed preschool renovation and expansion on Aug. 16.
Dr. Clay Stauffer, WCC senior minister, said students will begin using the new space for the fall semester. However, teachers and administrators will be in the building this summer, he added.
“We realized that the facility had been neglected for many year and needed some attention,” Stauffer said. “Martha Duff, our new director, is doing a wonderful job in her first year.”
Centric Architecture designed the facility, with American Constructors having served as the general contractor. Both are Nashville based.
The price tag for the project (including design and construction) is roughly $675,000, Stauffer said.
Woodmont Christian Church (see here courtesy of Google Maps) sits at the southwest corner of the intersection of Woodmont Boulevard and Hillsboro Road.
(Images courtesy of WCC)
The Metro Planning Commission has ruled in favor of a Green Hills couple who had attempted for more than 16 months to stop a project proposed for a lot adjacent to their property.
Specifically, the commission voted 8-0 last week to disapprove a subdivision application that would have allowed for the construction of a home Barabara and Gary Nicholson contended would have been out of scale and character for Clairmont Place.
The commission vote followed Davidson County Chancellor Russell Perkins ruling last October in favor of the Nicholsons, who previously contested a February 2014 Metro Planning Commission vote to allow Van Christian to partition his next-door lot for development purposes.
In his conclusion, Perkins wrote the court reversed the commission’s approving in November 2013 the application by Christian, who wanted to subdivide the property, located at 1510 Clairmont Place, into two lots.
“The application was not properly approved before the Metropolitan Planning Commission by the legally requisite number of votes,” Perkins wrote at the time.
Bill Purcell, an attorney with Jones Hawkins & Farmer, represented the Nicholsons.
“We’re very happy and very relieved,” Barbara Nicholson said. “On behalf of our neighborhood, we’d like to thank Bill Purcell.”
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Nashville-based Turner & Associates Realty Inc. recently announced an early summer opening for its Bedford-Turner building now under construction in Green Hills’ Bedford Commons.
The three-story building (read more here) will offer ground-level retail space, a second-floor of office space and five apartments on the third story and, as such, will be one of the few such buildings found outside the city’s urban core.
Post Managing Editor William Williams caught up with Monte Turner, Turner & Associates principal, to gauge his take on the project.
At 12,000 square feet and three stories, the Bedford-Turner Building will be one of Nashville’s smallest structures featuring retail, office and residential space. Very few such buildings exist outside the city’s urban core and, relatedly, Green Hills offers very few buildings that feature two uses, much less three. Your thoughts?
The location lends itself to true mixed-use building given demand in the area for retail space and demand for new, high-end apartment units. Additionally, I felt comfortable that the limited amount of office space would lease.
I understand you would like a café as a retail tenant. Thoughts?
A restaurant, café with a unique bar/dining atmosphere is ideal for that corner as daytime business would be driven by office employment on Bedford area and a good amount of the night business is already built in with the Marriott Hotel next door. However, I am not limiting the use to dining and would gladly look at conventional retail.
What type per-foot rent prices to you expect for your five apartments and how will those look and function?
The apartments are going to be for that urban dweller who [will want to walk to her or his] office possibly near the building and have the ability to walk to the mall, YMCA, etc. All units are approximately 1,000 square feet or less, and my goal is to deliver a finished product that is not ordinary. I want the unit and finishes to make the tenant feel special and first class every time they walk into the apartment. The units will be in the $2.50 to $2.95 per square foot range.
Are you interviewing prospective retail and office tenants and, if so, how is that process faring?
We just came out of the ground and are pouring the foundation so marketing efforts really just started. A dentist is committed for one-half the office space, and we’re talking to two groups for the retail and have some recent interest in two of the apartments at this time. Nothing is signed except the dentist.
You bought the land on which the building is being constructed many years ago. How has the wait gone?
The wait was long but worth it.
What can you say about the development you have planned for The Nations and to be located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Centennial Boulevard and 51st Avenue North?
The Centennial/51st development is really exciting to be able to deliver some new retail in that neighborhood on the front end of what I believe will be years of residential growth and redevelopment over there. The Dollar General is open and we are about to go vertical with the shops. We are talking to a coffee shop and another small restaurant right now about space, but nothing is signed. We love that area, and the corner location offers tenants awesome access and visibility.
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