Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Charlotte Avenue not losing momentum

These tidbit updates have been a lazy way to update this blog, but full time job and three little ones in the house have taken precedence. So without further ado, I deliver to you the latest positive news concerning Charlotte Avenue...

Rendering for HCA North Gulch building released

GS&P has released an early rendering for one (are there two planned?) of the buildings to house HCA subsidiary Parallon. More details from Getahn Ward here.

Primrose School moving in near 19th & Charlotte Avenue
Some more news from Mr. Ward - a new Primrose Academy will be opening at 1915 Charlotte Avenue. An open date was not released. Read more here.

Monty's Barbershop opening in Sylvan Park

Monty's Barbershop, a popular barber in the Arcade is on the cusp of opening a second location in Sylvan Park at the corner of Charlotte and 46th Avenues. Open date should be in the next week or two.

Avo, a raw restaurant opening near OneCity
As progress is being made at the OneCity site, one of the first retail establishments is already set to open early this fall. Avo is a plant-based restaurant that will serve inventive food and fresh cocktails. This unique concept will operate with a very unconventional kitchen—no fryers, gas or ovens—and of course all ingredients will be locally sourced and gluten-free. Check out the article in The Tennessean.

Hattie B's opening date?
West siders will soon be able to quench their thirst for some hot chicken as Hattie B's is set to open tomorrow (Thursday, July 24). Let's hope they have more success than Nuvo did.

Madison Mill moving in 2015
The giant industrial site that sits on the northeast corner of Sylvan Park will be moving their operations to Ashland City sometime in 2015. According to sources there are already plans in the works to develop the site. There are talks of possible apartments with some mixed use. This potential development would sit just south of the Hostess adaptive re-use and across the RR tracks from the upcoming Hill Center Sylvan Heights.

Craft brewery at former Moose lodge
TailGate Beer a craft brewer founded in San Diego has relocated to Nashville and plans to occupy the space at the former Moose Lodge at 7300 Charlotte Pike. They have plans to use the property as a beer hall and outdoor event space. They are temporarily located in MetroCenter. No opening date has been announced yet.

Investor buys two buildings fronting Richland Park
Two small buildings along Charlotte that front Richland Park were recently purchased by an investor. Hollywood Salon and ReStore. At this time it seems that he will continue to lease the space. No news on whether there will be new tenants or not.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Charlotte Avenue tidbits

Charlotte - the "last frontier"
Great interview with Jimmy Granbery on the "last frontier" that is Charlotte Ave. appeared in the NBJ last week. Highlights include:

• Hill Center Sylvan Heights looks to break ground this fall
• 4 separate office buildings (10K SF apiece) slated for former police precinct location fronting Nashville West shopping center

Read the entire article here.

Calypso Cafe now open
The new Calypso Cafe on Charlotte opened up a few weeks ago. Patrons have commented on the improved parking and increased space.

Climb Nashville hopes to open mid-June
Climb Nashville is hoping to waltz through inspections so that they can open their doors in the next week or so.

Hot chicken for west siders
The sign is up at Hattie B's - according to their Facebook page, they are hoping to open their doors later this month.

Two steps forward, one step back...
With the oncoming groundbreaking for Hill Center Sylvan Heights, the car wash and Cashville storefronts that are near Charlotte/40th will soon have to be razed. Well, for those of you that thought we could celebrate having one less check into cash store on Charlotte...think again. Cashville will be packing up and reopening in the new building that is being completed just a few doors down from ML Rose.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Lofts and Burgers and BRT, OH MY!

Let me first apologize for being off the blog for so long now. Life has been really busy lately, and I really haven't had a chance to dedicate a lot of time to writing. 

But the good news is, we have a lot to catch up on. Most of this might be old news to most of you, but each tidbit is definitely worth without further ado...

Major announcement made today for North Gulch site:

Gethan Ward over at The Tennessean broke the news from Boyle that some apartments and a 49,000 SF urban grocery are part of the development plans on the giant canvas that Northwestern Mutual has cobbled together near 11th & Charlotte. Very exciting news.

BRT Lite for Charlotte in the works?

Mayor Dean in his recent budget proceedings announced that he wants to include funds for BRT Lite (non-dedicated lanes) for Charlotte Avenue in the 2015 budget year. Read more here. 

Flip Burger announced as tenant at Hostess development

Top Chef alum Richard Blais is brining his "boutique burger" concept to Nashville and he chose the adaptive re-use project that is now in demo mode at 42nd/Charlotte. They hope to be open at the end of the summer. Read the details here. 

L&L Restaurant Supply owner has plans to revitalize

Tamay Ozari who owns the iconic L&L Restaurant Supply building on Charlotte near 39th Ave has plans to give the space a major facelift. Plans include 240 apartments, an organic grocery and restaurant. While this is fabulous news, Ozari mentioned that groundbreaking on this project is still a good two years out. Read the details here. 

Ozari is also bringing 2424 Lofts to Charlotte which will consist of 32 one-bedroom apartments sited just across Charlotte from Centennial Hospital. You can read about that project here.

The Sheds project names it's first tenant
A healthcare tech start up named InVivoLink announced Monday it would occupy 7,500 square feet, aiming to make the move in late summer. Read the details here.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

New Year, New Charlotte Avenue

2014 looks to be a very productive year for progress along Charlotte Avenue. The momentum has not let up – it seems we get more good news every month. There are some really great projects that have already begun along Charlotte and some that will break ground at some point this year.

While details are scarce, the one major announcement that we have yet to hear anything on is what the major development in the North Gulch will look like. We do know that HCA will occupy at least a third of the site, but Northwestern Mutual and Boyle have been silent, despite a recent announcement that details were tentatively going to be released in January. 

To give you an idea of the many great things happening along Charlotte Avenue, I’ve put together a development map above highlighting the various projects that are taking place throughout the corridor. While there isn’t much activity west of White Bridge Road, there is some expansion taking place at Nashville West. 

Here’s to a great year. 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Details emerging on mixed use development at Charlotte/46th

A representative for the planned development at Charlotte and 46th presented at the most recent Sylvan Park Neighborhood Association meeting and shared some details of what will be taking shape on the most prominent corner on the corridor.

I am still trying to get in touch with the speaker to see if I can obtain any renderings, but for now here is what I know:

The parking lot in the northeast quadrant of the site is currently owned by ML Rose and is used for overflow parking. The abandoned service station (the green field) which was for a short time also a cell phone accessory shop, was recently demolished. I can only assume that the remaining parcel (in red) will be acquired at some point, just not sure when. It houses some sort of nondescript business (I want to say it has something to do with fire extinguishers?) which is still in operation as far as I can tell.

Again, I hope to get in touch with the developer soon to share more information on this exciting project.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Mixed-use development slated at former Charlotte Ave Church of Christ property

Ever since the property at 46th/Charlotte sold, surrounding neighbors and businesses have been anxiously awaiting the slightest tidbit of news on what is to come for the high profile lot. In the last few weeks there have been signs of activity on the site. One neighbor saw a core sample drilling truck as well as some survey flags being placed. This activity, while minor, created a buzz that maybe soon we would learn what is to come.

A story ran in The Tennessean this morning, shedding a little light on the planned development. Details are sparse, but the prevailing theory amongst those quoted is that a mixed-use development will go in.

As of right now, the developer (who couldn't be reached for comment) is in the midst of working with Metro Water Services to determine whether or not there is still a public sewer main located on the site. If not, the project can move to the next step which involves abandoning a city easement on the property.

There is also some activity a few hundred yards east. An abandoned upholstery shop that once sat next door to LeQuire Gallery has finally been leveled. According to a permit report, Liberty Construction Co. plans to erect a two story building with retail on first floor and a law office on the second. Hopefully I can obtain a site plan on this soon.

This is great news for the corridor, and I hope to have more information to share with you soon.

Friday, December 20, 2013

HCA subsidiaries headed to NW Mutual site, announcement on rest of development could be next month

Well maybe someone will build a marina on West End, cause it looks like Lake Palmer's going to get it's lease extended for at least several more months.

HCA announced this week that they will be no longer be moving subsidiaries Sarah Cannon and Parallon to the long awaited West End Summit––a project that has popped the clutch on more than one occasion since it's groundbreaking in early 2007. Rather than leasing space in the yet to be built twin towers near the West End/Broadway split, HCA has decided to purchase a little over 10 acres from Northwestern Mutual from their still unannounced North Gulch development simply dubbed "Capitol View".

Northwestern Mutual has been allocating land north of Charlotte and east of I-40 for quite awhile now. Most of the structures that sat on the 30+ acre site have been leveled, leaving most to speculate that an announcement on the planned development was imminent.

Now that HCA has made a splash with their announcement, it looks like Northwestern is ready to show their cards.

Officials tied to Northwestern Mutual stated that they will make an announcement on what they plan to do with the remaining 20+ acres sometime in January.

Stay tuned. This will be big news.