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Old Warehouse Demolished; New Apartments On The Way

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by Amanda Hara

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - For years they've called it home. But on Wednesday, they watched demolition crews tear down the old Polar Cold Storage building.

It sat empty for quite some time, and became known as a squatting site for the homeless.

A company out of Atlanta called TriBridge plans to extend the Gulch area with two new apartment buildings on the property.

It came as good news for folks looking to clean up that area of town, but bad news for those who relied on the old warehouse for a home.

Sheril Carr spent two years living in the old warehouse. 

"We have a bed up there where we slept on and it was our room and for the past two years it was my room.  It was a roof over my head a place to get off the street and out of the rain or snow whichever comes first," Carr said.

With some 130,000 empty square feet, Carr wasn't the only one squatting in the building.

Last winter, Metro Police scoured the building, trying to get the homeless off the streets and into shelters.

"We went from this to getting an apartment so we're pretty much off the street," Carr added.

And soon, the old Polar Cold Storage building will be gone.  Developers said the place will be completely leveled in 45 days, then construction will begin on two apartment buildings with 302 rental units.

The buildings will come with pools, rooftops fitness lounges and they'll both connect to Nashville's Green way with trails and paths.

Tribridge purchased the property for nearly $4.5 million back in April.

Email: ahara@newschannel5.com

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