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In 2018, Nashville’s growth-and-development scene continued on an explosive continuum — and is expected to remain robust in 2019.
Consider that by 2018’s end, 15 buildings of at least 10 floors (or a minimum of about 100 feet tall) were under construction. For 2019, the Scene estimates ground will be broken on at least 10 buildings of that floor count or more. In addition, no fewer than 10 others of that minimum size could see full-scale work begin. And the wildcard in the mix — the 750-foot-tall, 65-story luxury residential skyscraper Paramount — would offer a bold punctuation mark to 2019 were its groundbreaking to commence (not a far-fetched scenario).
Nashville typically shows up on lists of U.S. cities with the most tower cranes in action. But tall buildings aside, the city offers a stellar growth vibe due to a diversity of projects and products. Examples include — with all either set to start or to be finished in 2019 — the Davidson County Criminal Justice Center; a Melrose building slated to house a Publix grocery store; an adaptively updated SoBro structure that will be home to Yee-Hawing Brewing Co.; a May Hosiery Co-Op space to accommodate the members-only hotel Soho House; and two 25-story towers to house Amazon offices; plus various hotels and much construction on campuses at the city’s universities.
Also of note: More than any other mid-sized U.S. city, Nashville likely has the single-greatest number of multi-acre/multi-building “constructed from scratch” projects: Capitol View, Fifth + Broadway, Nashville Yards, One City and River North. Below are some projects to keep an eye on in the coming year:
Broadwest. Work to reinvent the former West End Summit site in Midtown is expected to move forward robustly. Huntsville, Ala.-based Propst Development plans two mixed-use buildings spanning a collective 1.2 million square feet at 1600 West End Ave., near the split with Broadway. One tower will feature 21 stories of Class A office space (the most prestigious kind of office units). The second tower will rise 34 stories and include a 14-floor, 245-room luxury hotel, along with 20 floors of about 220 luxury condominium units. The project could carry a price tag of up to $500 million.
Fresh Hospitality’s Hunter’s Station food court in East Nashville. Though work at the site moved a bit slowly for most of 2018, the latter part of the year saw momentum. The project involves the adaptive reuse of two buildings located at 975 Main St. in the Five Points neighborhood, bringing in an array of restaurants. It’s expected to rank among the city’s more unusual building-reinvention efforts.
Gulch Union. Austin, Texas-based Endeavor Real Estate Group and Granite Properties of Dallas have wasted no time on the first building — a 20-story office tower with some retail space — of their three-phase mixed-use Gulch Union. The structure last home to strip club Déjà Vu was razed to accommodate the office tower. A start date has not been announced for the hotel and residential towers, but some speculate that 2019 could see groundbreaking for at least one.
Also in 2019, expect groundbreaking on a 550-foot-tall mixed-use tower in SoBro at the Market Street Apartment site, and the commencement of work on West End Avenue of a residential building rising more than 25 floors, across the street from the Cathedral of the Incarnation, the seat of Nashville’s Roman Catholic diocese.
And finally, a prediction for the coming year: Nashville will see the announcement of a residential or office skyscraper of at least 600 feet.