no doubt you’re probably starting to think the crane is our new state bird. the downtown skies are swarming with them. here’s a list of ten reasons you’re seeing them everywhere and what’s next:
1-the first up is one hot off the presses: the tennessean reported today that a plan is underway for the former nelson mazda lot at the corner of 12th and broadway. if the height submitted to the downtown code design review committee gets approved, we’re looking at potentially a 27-story mixed-use tower. they are making plans to leave the ground level open for an “anchor tenant.” the austin-based developer supposedly has close ties with fellow austin-based grocer, whole foods market, inc. it’s in the early stages but the team sees great pedestrian and retail emphasis for the corner.
2-chicago-based developers announced earlier this month big plans for a 4 acre lot on the south edge of downtown: 4 mid-rise/high-rise buildings, including a monstrous 40-story, 860,000 office tower. for now, it will kind of be on an island by itself on the south side of sobro. if approved, it will rank as one the top 3 tallest buildings in the city. we’re talking over 1.6 million square feet of office, residential and retail space total on the campus if the project moves forward.
3-bridgestone americas plans to move their corporate offices to an upcoming 30-story high rise in sobro. sandwiched between the encore condo high rise and the country music hall of fame on demonbreun, bridgestone will bring 1,700 employees, including 600 currently out-of-state ones, to downtown. they will be the lone tenant in the building.
4-at the corner of demonbreun and second avenue, tony giarratana’s 33-story luxury apartment project is currently being erected. the aptly named sobro will include 342 luxury apartments, 378 parking spaces and 18,000 square feet of street level retail.
5-one step closer to the river on second avenue, developers are seeking conceptual design approval this month on a pair of buildings (one which could rise 40 stories) at 222 second avenue south. if it moves forward, they would consist of 420 apartments and condos, a 225-room five-star hotel as well as streel level retail/restaurant spaces along first avenue south. the image above actually includes the sobro and bridgestones headquarters (both off to the left) as well as the existing pinnacle building. you can see that pocket of town is filling up quickly.
6-on 8th avenue south and demonbreun street across from the music city center, a 35-story jw marriott hotel and a 35-story residential building are both in the works on a 3.7 acre lot. the lot has been cleared. the hotel includes 533-room hotel rooms, conference center and will create 650 jobs for downtown. starbucks and bourbon steak are on board to go in on the street level of the hotel.
7-the residential tower that will sit beside the marriott will have 8 floors of parking (some below ground level), street retail and 28 floors of residential. originally, the plan was for a 22-floor office building but those plans were later scrapped.
8-next door on the 8th avenue roundabout at 100 clark place, developers are finishing up on nashville’s first westin hotel. it will include a rooftop bar called L27 which is being touted as music city’s highest rooftop bar. the 27-story, 454-room hotel will also have 20,000 sqft of adaptable event space, 12 meeting venues and a the rhapsody spa that will be open to the public as well. the westin is open for business october 2016.
9-in february, developer buckingham cos finalized the purchase of a half acre lot across the street from gulch condo high rises terrazzo and icon. even though it’s a couple of years from a groundbreaking, the developer plans to build a 38-story residential tower. in the fall, the metro board of zoning did approve the height exception of 38 stories which is 14 stories higher than what is normally allowed in the gulch.
10-on the north side of broadway near the ryman auditorium, developer tony girratana has been sitting on the infamous 505 church street lot for awhile. dreaming. waiting for the right time. now is that time for his big plan: a 45-story, 543ft tall high rise called 505 CST. the development will include 500 apartments (with the option to convert the top 175 to condos available for purchase), 1,500 square feet of retail space on the street level, 690 parking spaces, and a 45,000 square feet amenity level.
it’s worth noting for comparison purposes, the very visible twelve twelve high rise which was completed last year in the gulch is 23 stories. the at&t building downtown, most commonly known as the “batman building,” is 33 stories.
curious who rounds out the current top 10?
- at&t building-33 stories, 617 ft
- fifth third center-30 stories, 490 ft
- william r snodgrass tennessee tower-31 stories, 452 ft
- pinnacle-29 stories, 417 ft
- l&c tower-30 stories, 409 ft
- nashville city center-27 stories, 402 ft
- james k polk office building-24 stories,392 ft
- renaissance hotel-35 stories, 385 ft
- viridian high rise-31 stories, 378 ft
- one nashville place-23 stories, 359 ft