closing the gap between 12south & the gulch

archer at 12th coming spring 2016
archer at 12th coming spring 2016

as land in the urban core continues to become a premium, investors are discovering areas in between hot neighborhoods like 12 south and the gulch as ideal opportunities.  last week, nashville real estate investor treg warner paid $2.1 million for the drive-thru liquor market on the corner of 12th and wedgewood avenue. no official word of his plans for the .41 acre lot but he also owns the lot behind it and last year, he purchased the lot that thai esane currently sits on at 907 12th avenue south.

about five blocks south of the gulch, nashville-based evergreen has started demolition at the corner of 12th avenue and archer for the upcoming archer at 12th project.  they plan to build 49 free-standing brick brownstones facing the city with the option of garages and rooftop terraces.  the 3-story homes will span down archer starting at 12th all the way to the cul-de-sac a couple of blocks in.  the first phase will be completed by spring 2016.

an announcement was made this week that mainland cos. would build a 5-story, 75-unit apartment building above a 2-story parking garage where the special olympics headquarters currently sits at 1900 12th avenue.  the .80 acre lot was purchased three months ago.  the special olympics is relocating this summer to 461 craighead street in the melrose area. construction may start as early as june.

unnamed apartment project developer mainland presented to the 12 south neighborhood april 11.
unnamed apartment project developer mainland presented to the 12 south neighborhood april 11.
element gulch
element gulch

groundbreaking on phase I of element gulch, a 19-unit residential project, should start later this month at the corner of hawkins street and 13th avenue south.  with nashville-based developer bill ruff at the helm, base prices on a 3 bedroom/3.5 bath will begin at $519,000.

more updates soon on the redevelopment of edgehill village area too which will continue to shape this part of town.


meet nashville: 5 in 5 with the girls of hgtv’s interiors, inc

katie rogers (left) & courtney cuden from hgtv's interiors inc

one of hgtv‘s hottest new reality shows this spring was based right here in nashville, tennessee.  interiors, inc centers around an ensemble of designers at pierce & company on belmont boulevard.  courtney cuden & katie rogers are two of those talented interior designers who contribute to the firm’s success.

what has life been like being followed by cameras all season?
cc: definitely weird, but SO MUCH FUN. at first, i was pretty self-conscious about it, but you loosen up after a bit. i even started to think it was normal, and then when the cameras and crew weren’t around, we were lonely!
kr: crazy! it is weird because sometimes i would forget that they were even there.  they just became a part of our family. other times, it was really hard to actually get our other work done!

you guys are ironically all musicians right? why don’t you have a kick ass theme song?
cc: you’d think we would, wouldn’t you? like a 4-5 part harmony version of “wind beneath my wings” would be good. or maybe a choral version of “back in black.” i dig it.
kr: you know what…i have asked myself the same question! i am constantly making up random songs about our day so you would think I would have gone there already?!  there should be one.  i am on it!

have you run into genevieve at any hgtv mixers?
cc: i made eye contact with her once. i introduced myself and asked her how it felt when she won celebrity apprentice.  just kidding.  what’s a mixer?
kr: uhm, no, but don’t you think we should be invited to some?! that would be fabulous!

any nashville celebs, politicians or socialites on your wish list to work with for season two?
cc: i’d love to work with sports figures – maybe some of the titans or predators.
kr: haven’t thought about that until now but i think it would be fun to do a house with miranda lambert.  she seems to very grounded in who she is and at the same time would be willing to jump out there and take risk and try different things.

ok, last question, if you could give one universal design tip, what would it be?
cc: put one living thing or preserved item in every room.  maybe a plant, or preserved coral – it can literally bring life into a room.
kr: let me think…it is kind of a combo answer: make sure to remain true who you are in the space you are working on.  our homes are our sanctuaries and we need to feel the most comfortable there.  also, don’t be afraid to go out on a limb with an interesting pattern or color.  just keep it contained and use it in moderation.

interiors, inc airs on saturday nights at 8:30 CST on hgtv.  the first “sneak peek” episode re-airs this weekend.  for more information, log on to

sevier park will see big changes in 2012

tentative design for the new sevier park community center

12th south’s sevier park may see a facelift in the near future.  in december, metro firmed up the master plan for the 20-acre park which will include a new community center, skate park, multi-use trails with footbridges, additional parking and sidewalks along the perimeter, and a community garden among other features.

the community center will be a sleek two-story building featuring a fitness room, gymnasium, track, dance room and a multi-purpose room.   it will be fully staffed during operating hours and will offer programs like zumba, yoga and different types of dance classes.  the fitness center will be fee based.  currently, the cost to work out in the fitness center is $2 for a walk-in or one will be able to purchase a membership at an affordable cost determined later.

although there are plans for a future pool next to the gym, it is not in this current master design plan.  divided into five different zones, the renovations will mostly enhance a lot of the park’s current features.

the first phase which is the community center and new parking lot as well as the trails directly surrounding the building will cost around $4 million.  this phase unfortunately is the only one that is currently funded.  the construction bid will happen in april and the center should be operational by late winter 2013.

12 south lofts adds to new trend planned for 2013

the future 12 south lofts apartment development

the lot next to rumours wine bar on 12th avenue has been purchased.  a mixed use project consisting of 90 luxury apartments and 9,800 square feet of retail space is the game plan for the site.  the project will be known as 12 south lofts.

previously the tennessee roofing company, rumours wine bar & the blackbird tattoo parlor, the .82 acre was purchased for $1.2 million.  the project is set to break ground in april 2012 with the, mostly one bedroom, apartments ready for occupancy by late spring 2013.

this is the latest in a trend of apartment developments planned for the city.   at least 15 projects with at least 50 units within a 3.5 mile range is slated for construction in the upcoming months.  more than 3,1000 total units are in the pipeline if all of the projects come to completion.  five of those projects are currently already under construction:

:::eleven north on the corner of charlotte pike

:::elliston 23 across the street from elliston soda shop

:::midtown place slated for completion summer 2012 at 1018 18th avenue south near vanderbilt

midtown place

:::ryman lofts on the river near rolling mill hill

::vista germantown

in the spring, an additional six are gearing up:

:::park 25, a giarratana project near centennial park

:::west end village

:::gatewood, a metro develpoment on dickerson road

:::the melrose, across from melrose pub on 8th avenue south

:::pine street flats in the gulch

:::a to be named music row development at 16th & horton avenues

eleven north

still in the brewing phase is a bristol development group 240-unit mid-rise on demonbreun.  it will be in the big parking lot across from tin roof and otters near the roundabout.  they are in talks for a possible grocery store on the street level but nothing is confirmed yet.  they hope to begin construction later in 2012.   also, ray hensler who developed the adelicia has big plans for a condo tower on the corner of demonbreun & 12th leading into the gulch and tony giarrantana has concepted a similar one in sobro near the convention center.

eleven north in december

pretty safe to say if these all materialize, it would vastly transform the landscape, ushering in a new chapter in downtown living.  the concept is relatively new for the city.  the cumberland, a high-rise apartment development which opened downtown on church street in 1998, paved the way for the idea.  even though interest rates are at an all time low as of last week, not everyone can be approved for a home loan or is ready to establish roots.  until then, sounds like there will be options.

12 south area’s newest community, gale park takes shape

the new gale park on the corner of gale lane and 8th ave south

located near the hot 12 south neighborhood, gale park, an all-green craftsman-style community is taking shape just off of 8th ave south near the revitalizing melrose area.  the first units are set to close later this month.  the project is headed by core development and with prices starting in the $220s, gale park is poised for greatness.

the first 22 homes have been sold and the entire project (76 single family cottages total) should be completed in the next 12 months.