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.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Out with burritos in with hot chicken

It was reported yesterday that after being open for barely a year Nuvo burrito unfortunately had to close it's doors last week. My guess would be lack of burrito eaters––never really saw the parking lot full at the establishment. It seems like there's a new burrito joint popping up on every corner and I feel Nuvo had to compete with that as well as nearby tex-mex all star Local Taco. Sad to see them go, but happy to report a new tenant will be opening their doors in the next couple months.

Hattie B's hot chicken which currently has a location in midtown at Broadway and 19th, will be opening a second location at the former Nuvo Burrito. For a few more details on the opening, check out this NBJ article. Hopefully they'll fare better than Nuvo did.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Charlotte Avenue development briefs

Just a few tidbits to report on as Charlotte Avenue continues to gain more attention.

New Business

Planet Fitness is in fact taking over the former McKay's Used CDs and Books location across from Krogers on Charlotte Avenue. I have seen no reports of an opening date, but I would assume they'll have their doors open in time for all the folks setting new year's resolutions.

Speedy Cash I think everyone knows where I stand on these predatory establishments...I was hoping that the new building was going to be something a little more reputable than another quick cash place, but sign went up recently confirming. This building is located east of the Kroger on Charlotte in a newly rehabbed building.

Ascend Federal Credit Union is constructing a brand new facility at 1901 Charlotte Avenue. The permit states that the location will have drive thru teller service. No mention of an estimated open date.

KSA Martial Academy recently opened across from Richland Park. For details visit their site here.

Re*store Neighborhood Spa had a soft opening this weekend. A quaint spa offering massage, nail and aesthetic services in a peaceful and relaxing setting. Stay tuned for an upcoming post featuring an interview with the owner of Re*store.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

HG Hill Purchases Former MNPD West Precinct

In an NBJ article published yesterday, Nevin Batiwalla reports that HG Hill has purchased the vacant police west precinct property that sits in HG Hill park in front of the Nashville West shopping center. Early plans call for a business park to go into the space. The report also states that the replica of the James Robertson cabin will remain as well as the small park space.

Stay tuned for more details on this project.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

HG Hill unveils Hill Center Sylvan Heights

I know this may be old news to some, but it's been a busy busy start to the fall season for yours truly. All that aside, this is major news for Nashville's latest "hot avenue". Last year, I wrote about the possibility of something big happening at this site, and HG Hill has taken the first steps in making that a reality.

A few weeks ago, HG Hill developers, including CEO Jimmy Granbury, met with the community to unveil their plans for the 7+ acre site that sits on the south side of Charlotte in between the railroad crossing and 40th Avenue N. I was unable to attend the meeting, but Sylvan Park blogger Erin Holt was in attendance and was gracious enough to write about the details on the blog. Most of the details below are gleaned from her write up. You can read her write up and view more renderings here.

The planned development will include:

  • 14 single family homes (number of bedrooms yet to be decided)
  • 13 town homes (these will be two stories and face 40th)
  • There will be on street parking, as well as garage access for these homes
  • 260 apartments (mix of bedrooms)
  • More than 500 parking spaces
  • This includes a four-story above ground parking structure, with 383 spaces
  • This also includes parking directly behind the retail area
  • 15,000 square feet of mixed-use retail space along Charlotte
  • A 4,000 square foot space, with proposed outdoor dining along Charlotte
  • An 11,000 square foot space with nine apartments upstairs (H.G. Hill said this would be similar to the apartments in Hillsboro Village above the shops by Pancake Pantry
HG Hill still has to jump through all the Metro Council hoops before they can break ground. But assuming all things go smoothly, HG Hill says that they could begin construction next summer with an estimated completion date sometime in 2016. This is a major development for Charlotte Avenue. Stay tuned for more details as they are made available.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Apartments planned for remaining tract of TDOT property

This was reported in The Tennessean a few weeks ago, but is well worth mentioning. A majority of the former TDOT property at Charlotte/22nd Avenue was recently purchased by Holladay Properties with plans to redevelop the space into a unique office space called The Sheds.

There remained a small 3+ acre tract on the western edge of the property that was recently reported to be under contract with apartment developer Lincoln Property Co. who has done projects in Nashville such as 12 South Flats and Village Center Apartments.

The article states that the property may close as early as October. While there are no details on the project at this time, Lincoln stated that they are looking to build a 200-300 unit complex.

Stay tuned for more details.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

HG Hill ready to talk about development at Charlotte/40th Ave

For quite some time now it's been rumored that HG Hill has something planned for it's 7+ acre site along Charlotte Avenue near 40th Ave N, and it appears that they're ready to tell the public about their project.

According to an article published in today's business section of The Tennessean, HG Hill plans to develop the property that is on the northwestern edge of Sylvan Heights into a retail mixed-use development with some single family homes/cottages.

HG Hill has yet to release any renderings or plans, but the article states that the development will "wrap around 40th Ave" which gives the impression that the project will be a true urban-style development that fronts Charlotte Avenue.

A meeting is planned for next week at Park Avenue Elementary on Wednesday, Sept 18th at 5:45pm. Jimmy Granbury, CEO of HG Hill, will be presenting their plan to neighbors.

Climb Nashville breaks ground on new facility

Last week Climb Nashville held a ground breaking ceremony for it's new climbing facility on Charlotte Avenue near 37th Ave N. The new gym will be 50% larger than their current home and is scheduled to open next summer. The existing location on Redmond will remain open until then.

Stories from Tennessean and Nashville Post on the latest newcomer to Charlotte Avenue's redevelopment.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

OneCity to break ground soon?

Caught this little post on Facebook this evening. Looks like the major mixed use development OneCity may be close to busting out the golden shovels. It was announced earlier this year that Tennessee Orthopedic Alliance (TOA) would be the first major anchor tenant for the new healthcare/tech focused campus. Details as we receive them...

Friday, August 2, 2013

Calypso Cafe could be latest newcomer to Charlotte

The Calypso Cafe located on Hwy 70 in Belle Meade recently was shut down due to some sales tax infractions. According to this article in The Tennessean, a sign posted on the door says that a new location will be opening in 2014 at 3307 Charlotte Avenue (across the street from Bro's...see photo below).

It seems the momentum is continuing in a positive direction. We'll get more information as it's made available.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Porter Rd Butcher opening soon, offering to-go breakfast and lunch options

Great news for carnivores....a write up in the Scene points to a possible August opening for the new Porter Road Butcher location on Charlotte across from Richland Park. The article also mentions that PRB plans to offer to-go breakfast and lunch options when they open.

Charlotte Pike makes the front page

A great piece from JR Lind in today's Nashville City Paper on the past and future of Charlotte. Give it a read here.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Former Hostess Bakery Outlet to get redeveloped into urban retail

Some more great news about progress along Charlotte Avenue. Mt. Juliet based Commercial Realty Services has purchased the abandoned Hostess Bakery Outlet at 42nd/Charlotte and plans to do an adaptive re-use of the building into a very nice urban retail center, housing three to four tenants. CRS has done a lot of work in Mt. Juliet, specifically in the popular Providence development. I spoke with Will Tyner who is the lead on the project, and he was very gracious to answer my questions. See the details of our interview below.

First off, what about this section of Charlotte did your company find attractive that you felt compelled to invest in this property?
The thing we liked most about this property was its ease of accessibility. Being at the corner of 42nd Street and Charlotte Avenue you are really just a few minutes drive from downtown as well as the midtown/West End area. 42nd street also serves as a front door entrance to the Sylvan Park community which makes this location very accessible for that neighborhood.

What do you envision this portion of Charlotte looking like in five years?We believe there is going to be a number of redevelopment opportunities along the Charlotte corridor over the next few years and that as the affluence and population of the area continues to rise you will see a demand for much more commercial space. The growth in the Sylvan Park, Sylvan Heights, and Nations neighborhoods are already creating demand for more neighborhood restaurants, retail, and other commercial uses.
Have you been in contact with Madison Mill about this project? Do you feel that Madison Mill will be there for the foreseeable future, or do you see that one day becoming mixed-use in light of the transformation taking place along Charlotte/Sylvan Park?
We have had some initial conversations with the owner of the Mill property and while we do think that ultimately this will be a great site for a large scale redevelopment I think it is unlikely that will happen in the immediate future.

Are you aware of any plans that HG Hill has for the properties that they own just down Charlotte near 40th Avenue?
We are aware of the assemblage that they have put together, but have not heard anything for certain in terms of their plans for the property.

Are you going to be demolishing the existing building or doing an adaptive re-use? Our plans are an adaptive re-use of the existing building with a small expansion of about 1,000 square feet. However, as you will see in the building renderings there will be a complete makeover of the building into a very cool urban neighborhood retail center.

Will the parking lot still front Charlotte, or do you plan to bring the building to the sidewalk?In using the existing building the majority of the parking will remain toward the front of the building. However, we are going to be adding a lot of elements to increase the pedestrian friendliness of the site and overall urban feel. We will also be completely remodeling the 42nd street side of the building to create and urban streetscape where the building does come all the way to the sidewalk.

What type of tenant(s) are you hoping to land and how many?The plan is for a multi-tenant building with 4-6 tenants. Of those we envision a full service restaurant, coffee shop/café, specialty retail, and potentially even specialty office like an art studio.

I understand you presented at a recent Sylvan Park Neighborhood Association meeting about the project, how was it received?
At the front door to Sylvan Park we believe this project is going to be a great amenity for the residents of this neighborhood and we have tried to involve them in the process as best as possible. We have heard nothing but positive feedback from all the neighbors we have spoken with and the same was true at the SPNA meeting.

Are there any zoning issues that you are going to encounter with this project that will require a hearing?Yes, we are requesting a change in zoning from Industrial (IR) to Multi-Use Limited (MUL-A). This allows us to do larger retail space, personal services, and other uses that we believe will better serve the community and that are more consistent with the community plan and growth along the Charlotte corridor.

When do you hope to break ground? And how long do you see construction taking?We plan to close on the property this fall and hope to break ground on the project before the end of the year. We are still working on the construction schedule and it will also depend on securing tenants for the project, but we hope to be delivering the space around the 2nd quarter of 2014.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Porter Road Butcher coming to Charlotte Avenue

Very exciting news to report this morning. I received news from Louisa Green (owner of Headquarters) that East Nashville meat purveyor Porter Road Butcher will be opening a location at the former Mrs. Winners Chicken/Church's Chicken that sits directly across from Richland Park.

Currently, there is no news on their website about the new location  or when it's supposed to open. Stay tuned for more information.

Friday, May 3, 2013

ML Rose planning something on Charlotte Ave?

Some exciting news from the Nashville Business Journal

After reading about this I was notified of a rumor swirling around that an "L-shaped" strip center fronting Charlotte is being planned, but that is unconfirmed at this moment. The source mentioned it would front Charlotte AND 46th Avenue, but I don't see how that's possible since the property along 46th is not what is mentioned in the article.

The image above is my guess on the properties that have been purchased. Not 100% on those boundaries though.

Stay tuned...definitely a good sign.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Holladay Properties to give TDOT sheds a dramatic refresh

Holladay Properties has revealed the details of their plan to rehab the old TDOT sheds located on Charlotte near 22nd Avenue. The development will be called "The Sheds" and will feature light filled facades which will add life to the currently tired and dilapidated buildings.

The quirky art deco (?) TDOT headquarters building which is sited on the east corner of the property was deemed structurally unsound and will be demolished to make way for a new building to be built in the second phase of the development.

Construction is set to begin at the end of this year.

For more information, click here to read the full article.

 Interior rendering.

Courtyards will weave their way throughout the development.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

One C1ty's first anchor tenant will be Tennessee Orthopedic Alliance

 Great news on the One C1ty development from The Tennessean this week:

The state’s largest private orthopedic practice plans to move its headquarters to the OneC1TY campus planned near the 28th/31st Avenue Connector off Charlotte Pike.

Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance has an option to initially lease up to 55,000 square feet in a four-story, medical office building. That would be the first building to kick off what’s been envisioned as a multibuilding, mixed-used health care technology campus.

New Climb Nashville location to open Spring 2014

We haven't heard many details on the new climbing gym that Climb Nashville is planning on Charlotte near 37th Avenue, but this little tidbit came out on their blog site earlier last week.

Climb Nashville is moving

Posted by on March 1, 2013 in Blog | 2 comment

It has been public knowledge for a while but Climb Nashville is building a bigger, better facility and closing the current gym on Redmon.  We have loved serving our customers and community for 9 years at our current location but to continue to provide the best experience, we simply need more room.  In late 2012, we sold our current building and closed on a lot at Charlotte and 37th.  We have been busy designing a new facility and hope to unveil some plans soon but here are some anticipated details.
- 40-50′ climbing walls (currently we have 25-40′)
- 50% more climbing (more topropes, more bouldering, separate group area)
- LOTS more steep, dedicated lead climbing
- Better showers with locker rooms
- Separate workout room, cardio area and yoga/fitness class room
We do plan to keep the current location open until the new gym is ready and we hope to open the new facility in early to mid-2014.  Please stay tuned for more details and hopefully some renderings.
Thanks for supporting us through the years!!
Lance and Drew

Site plan for Core Development's 54th Ave project

 Core Development has released this early draft of a site plan for the planned micro-neighborhood project in the northwestern portion of Sylvan Park on 54th Avenue, near Charlotte Ave.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Charlotte BRT getting more attention

This article appeared today in The Tennessean. Give it a read, and be sure to check out the comments.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Core Development planning another micro-neighborhood

UPDATE (Feb 20):
Nevin Batiwalla from NBJ has a few more details on the particulars of the former church site in question. The property is 2.4 acres (by comparison, West End Station on the east side of Sylvan Park is roughly 3.5 acres) and the sale is contingent on getting the zoning changed to residential. There will be a meeting scheduled with community stakeholders, so please stay tuned for details.  I have to admit I'm happy that the deal with the medical supply warehouse fell through.

Core Development is said to be planning another niche community on the far west side of Sylvan Park. They plan to purchase the old church property that is located at Charlotte and 54th. I'm curious to see what they've got planned as the adjacent retail isn't easy on the eyes. How would you like a Budget Brakes in your backyard? Again, I don't know anything - maybe the development is sited differently than I've shown. So, not much in the way of details as of yet, but you can take a glimpse at these other properties that they've done (or doing) to get an idea of what this one might be like.
Stay tuned for more info.

West End Station (also in Sylvan Park)
Gale Park (near 12South & Melrose)
The Chesterfield (Hillsboro-West End)

Monday, February 11, 2013

Like Charlotte Ave BRT on Facebook

In an effort to increase public awareness and create a place to discuss the subject of BRT along Charlotte Avenue, I have created a Facebook page. You can view it here.

Thistle Farms to open cafe this spring

I had heard this rumor mentioned last year, and it appears it is indeed going to happen. This little blurb is from the Thistle Farms website:

Thistle Stop Café is the next "stop" in the Magdalene and Thistle Farms enterprise. Like Thistle Farms, Thistle Stop Café will give survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction an opportunity to learn valuable job skills to help them move towards financial independence. Thistle Stop Café will offer a welcoming atmosphere while serving coffees, teas, sandwiches, wraps, and baked goods that are healthy, local, and fair-trade. A stage and a professional quality sound system will be included, offering a platform for the women and community members to share their poetry, music, and stories. Sharing stories of healing, hope, and love is a vital part to the Magdalene and Thistle Farms community. “A story in every cup,” the Café’s mantra, is highlighted by the collecting of donated teacups with a personal story behind them. These beautiful contributions will be commemorated in a special coffee table book, including a photograph and the story behind each teacup. If you have teacups to donate, please email Courtney

Thistle Stop Café, located next door to the Thistle Farms office and manufacturing facility, is under construction now and is projected to open in spring 2013. If you would like to support the launch of the Café, see the links below. Please put "Café" in the "Purpose" field. 

Thistle Farms is a social enterprise of Magdalene which was founded in 1997 by Becca Stevens, an Episcopal priest on Vanderbilt's campus. Magdalene is a residential program for women who have survived lives of prostitution, trafficking, addiction and life on the streets.

These are a few highlights of the Magdalene program:
  • For two years, we offer housing, food, medical and dental needs, therapy, education and job training without charging the residents or receiving government funding.
  • Our six homes function without 24-hour live-in staff, relying on residents to create a supportive community, maintain recovery, and share household tasks.
  • Women come to Magdalene from prison, the streets and from across the Southeast and the country.
  • The women of Magdalene/Thistle Farms range in age from 20-50, and many have been sexually abused between the ages of 7-11, began using alcohol or drugs by 13, have been arrested on average a hundred times, or have spent about 12 years on the street prostituting.
  • 72% percent of the women who join Magdalene are clean and sober 2 1/2 years after beginning the program.
Magdalene is a great program in Nashville making positive change in people's lives. Please be sure to support them.

Monday, January 28, 2013

China Buffet rebuilding

Finally found out what's going on at the old Long John Silvers (5515 Charlotte Pike) that was demolished back in late 2012. According to a permit pulled back in December, the China Buffet – who was the last business to reside there – is simply rebuilding a new restaurant on the old footprint. So not much change here except that it will be a new building.

BRT along Charlotte Ave is getting attention

An article discussing funding and route issues for BRT appeared in today's City Paper. Stay tuned for what looks like some public meetings on the subject.