3 areas prepping for nashville growth

new entrance planned for the nashville international airport

growing pains are all around us. no big surprise since forbes declared nashville #6 best US city for job growth and #28 best place for business. adding to that, the city ranks 15th nationally in the number of fortune 500 companies headquartered here including the likes of HCA, dollar general and tractor supply. our low energy and labor costs have only continued to attract more new business relocations in recent months.

so how do we accommodate for the influx of new people in and out of the city? here’s three things in the works:


drivers spend on average 34 hours in nashville traffic annually…although my guess is some even spend 34 hours in traffic a month. in october, mayor megan barry unveiled a $5.2 billion transit plan bringing a combination of 26 miles of light rail, rapid bus, and even an underground tunnel downtown. the light rail will have its own designated lane. there will be 5 main arteries ending downtown at the underground connection that will run under 5th avenue.

the main cost would come from an increase in sales tax that would jump 1 percent in 2023. the mayor is also proposing a hike in hotel tax, rental car tax and business & excise tax.

“it will not be free. it will be an investment in our future and i believe nashvillians will be willing to make the investment when they learn more about this proposal and how it will change the way they live.” -mayor megan barry

the downside: if approved in may 2018, service improvements and improved accuracy on the current bus service as well as new neighborhood transit centers could start next year. for those frustrated in traffic this week looking for relief, the light rail transit (LRT) service, however, would not be active until 2026, starting with gallatin pike in east nashville. the lrt plan would not fully be completed until 2032. Screen_Shot_2017-10-17_at_10.59.29_AM



the airport saw a 11.2% increase to 13.5 travelers in 2016, making it the fastest growing airport of its size in the nation. with the population of nashville estimated to top over 2.5 million by 2041, a $1.2 billion expansion was announced for the nashville international airport. no local tax dollars will be used. over the course of the next five years, the airport plans to triple their short term parking, add a 288-room on-site hotel and office building, expand concourse d and add a new international facility to name a few changes.  the entire look and feel of the airport is getting a facelift as well, almost complementing the design of the music city convention center with its curved roof line (see above).


with the new british airways direct flight to london in may 2018, the airport hopes to open up new global market opportunities in the future. also, if approved next year, the city’s transit plan includes a light rail line as part of the new airport design.


13.9 million visitors , a record number, came to nashville in 2016, up from 13.4 million in 2015. it was also a banner year for the hospitality world since we sold the most hotel rooms ever.

annual visitation is up 45% in the past 10 years so the need is greater than ever to continue to grow the city’s hotel options. more than 100 hotels are in some sort of development in the city currently, outpacing cities like los angeles, chicago, atlanta and dc. according to STR hotel market data this summer, actually only 3 cities in the country have more lined up: new york, houston, and dallas.

among the notable hotel developments in the works for nashville, virgin hotel nashville broke ground in september at 1 music square west. the 240-room, 200,000 square foot hotel will come with restaurants, a bar and a rooftop lounge + pool, being delivered in 2019.

virgin hotel nashville-coming 2019

dream hotel will be another prominent addition to the hospitality community. the 169-downloadroom hotel is a four-building development essentially rejuvenating a huge portion of printer’s alley downtown. printer’s alley is steeped in history dating back to the civil war era. there will be 6 new dining and nightlife venues on the street level and restorations of two of the main buildings has collaboration efforts from earl swensson architects with meyer davis laying out the interior.

the upcoming w hotel | 316 12th avenue south


plans for the upcoming W hotel in the gulch were revised and approved this summer, increased from 250 rooms to 350 rooms. the plan also calls for a rooftop bar, music venue and amenity deck. there will be a restaurant space on the corner of 12th and laurel (caddy corner to fin+pearl) as well as 12th and pine (near the turnip truck).





10 projects changing nashville’s skyline

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:

635978013222685143-mazda1-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.

future bridgestone headquarters
on the far left sits the future bridgestone americas home

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.

222 second avenue south

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.

on the far left sits the future bridgestone americas home

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.

westin’s L27 rooftop bar

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.

gulch’s upcoming 38-story residential tower at 12th avenue south + division street

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.

505 CST

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?

  1. at&t building-33 stories, 617 ft
  2. fifth third center-30 stories, 490 ft
  3. william r snodgrass tennessee tower-31 stories, 452 ft
  4. pinnacle-29 stories, 417 ft
  5. l&c tower-30 stories, 409 ft
  6. nashville city center-27 stories, 402 ft
  7. james k polk office building-24 stories,392 ft
  8. renaissance hotel-35 stories, 385 ft
  9. viridian high rise-31 stories, 378 ft
  10. one nashville place-23 stories, 359 ft



6 upcoming buildings changing our skyline in sobro

side profile of the bridgestone americas tower
side profile of the bridgestone americas tower

6picksit’s been a big month in development announcements around the city.  bridgestone americas plan to move their corporate offices to a yet-to-be-built 30-story high rise in sobro was probably one of the biggest victories.   sandwiched between the river and the country music hall of fame on demonbreun street, the bridgestone tower will be one of the tallest towers in the city.

the upcoming jw marriott & office building on 8th. or a very large deodorant stick…hard to tell.

bridgestone will bring 1,700 employees, including 600 currently out-of-state ones, to the downtown.  they will be the lone tenant in the building.Cornett_Map_141209-01

4 blocks up on 8th & demonbreun, a 35-story jw marriott hotel and a 25-story office building are in the works on a 3.7 acre lot.  the project includes 500-600 room hotel rooms and about 400,000 square feet of office space.  the hotel will create 650 jobs for downtown and the office space could house upwards of 1,200.  they hope to break ground next summer with a late 2017 opening.

sobro’s westin

next door on the 8th avenue roundabout at 100 clark place, developers plan to break ground any day on nashville’s first westin hotel as well.   the 27-story, 452-room tower is also scheduled to be completed by 2017.

a little closer to the river at 418 second street, tony giarratana’s 33-story luxury apartment project is currently being erected.  the aptly named sobro will include 342 apartments, 378 parking spaces and 18,000 square feet of street level retail.

the 33-story sobro

lastly, a $75 million 23-story apartment high rise is being proposed at 641 division street, right behind pour house burgers and frugal mcdougal on 8th avenue south.  currently, the 1.2 acre lot is home to myers flooring.  the crescendo will be 330 apartments, ground level retail, and a garage that will house 600 parking spaces.   construction will begin in late spring 2015.

it’s worth noting for comparison purposes, the very visible twelve twelve high rise which is wrapping up construction this week in the gulch is 23 stories.   the at&t building downtown, most commonly known as the “batman building,” is 33 stories.



urban winery & concert venue, city winery, opens this month

future city winery front downstairs restaurant space
future city winery front downstairs restaurant space

city winery has been hard at work this summer transforming an existing 30,000 square foot sobro warehouse into one of this fall’s most anticipated new concert venues.  a roughly 300-seat concert hall, but at the same time, a restaurant and fully functioning winery, the city winery will sit at 609 lafayette street, just south of the music city center.  typically known in other cities for attracting an eclectic, high-caliber mix of bookings, city winery will offer music city an intimate setting to see a great show and enjoy a fantastic culinary experience.Exterior View Nashville rendering

the grand opening for the restaurant is planned for october 1 but the city winery has partnered with the americana music festival to host their awards event VIP party as well as a full calendar of shows during the festival which kicks off september 17th.  a complete schedule of events confirmed so far is listed below:

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9/17 – AmericanaFest Presents: The Deslondes, Sturgill Simpson & Caleb Klauder Country Band

9/18 – AmericanaFest Presents: Rodney Crowell, Laura Cantrell, Joe Henry, Grant-Lee Phillips & Robyn Hitchcock

9/19 – AmericanaFest Presents: Allison Moorer, Ethan Johns, Josh Ritter, Sarah Jarosz & Peter Bradley Adams

9/20 –  AmericanaFest Presents: Cory Chisel’s Soul Obscura, Joe Purdy (solo) & Holly Williams

9/21 – AmericanaFest Presents: Thirty Tigers Gospel Brunch hosted by Elizabeth Cook, feat. The McCrary Sisters, The Fairfield Four and special guests

9/26 – An Intimate Evening with Bobby Bare & Bobby Bare Jr.

9/27 – Steve Nieve Plays Elvis Costello: Piano Solo reinterpretations of Elvis’ best songs with special guest Tall Ulysse

9/28 – Marc Broussard w/ Andy Suzuki & Mingo Fishtrap

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10/3 – Anders Osborne – A Special Solo Performance

10/4 – The Fauntleroys feat. Alejandro Escovedo, Nick Tremulis, Ivan Julian & Linda Pitmon

10/13 & 10/14 – Dr. Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys

10/15 – Markéta Irglová with Rosi Golan

10/17 – Sandra Bernhard

10/20 – Macy Gray

10/21 – Carbon Leaf

10/22 – Los Lobos performs La Pistola Y El Corazon

10/23 & 10/24 – The Wood Brothers

10/25 – Mindy Smith: One Moment More – 10th Anniversary Show

10/26 -Liz Longley & Marc Scibilia

10/30 – Leo Kottke


11/1 – Mike Doughty

11/5 – Howe Gelb & Grant Lee Philips

11/10 – An Evening with John Oates & special guests benefitting the T.J. Martell Foundation

11/13 – Daniel Lanois

11/14 & 11/15 – Sinéad O’Connor – I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss

11/18 & 11/19 – Leon Russell

11/20 – Griffin House

11/21 & 11/22 – David Grisman’s Sextet

11/23 – Rhett Miller

11/30 – Dave Davies of The Kinks

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12/5 – Jackopierce

12/7 – Sonny Landreth & Cindy Cashdollar


2/15 – Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam

2/17 & 2/18 – Arlo Guthrie – Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour

sobro luxury apartment tower firming up

screen-shot-2014-05-09-at-12941-pm-600xx330-497-17-0developer tony giarratana has finalized financing for his 32-story luxury apartment high rise.  he plans to close this month and start construction immediately.  the 313-unit sobro tower will sit on demonbreun street, between second and third avenues where premier parking lots sit now. giarratana is no stranger to premier parking as he started the company and co-owns the business today.  i’m no stranger to them either…i have their parking tickets lining my backseat because they also own the lot where my gulch office parks unfortunately.

sobro parking will not be compromised as the plans for the new apartment building call for ten stories of public parking.    additionally, the high rise will  include 20,000 square feet of retail & restaurant space.