Development Proposed For 21st Avenue Near Vanderbilt
by Chris Cannon
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Plans for the second major development project in Nashville's midtown area could change the look of 21st Avenue South near the Vanderbilt University campus.
Last week developers announced plans to build West End Summit with twin towers that will house corporate headquarters for Nashville-based HCA.
Indianapolis-based Buckingham Companies submitted a specific plan zoning request with the Metro Planning Department on September 28th for a mixed-used development it wants to build on 21st Avenue.
"There's a lot going on in that area. It's really encouraging to see that kind of proposed growth, that kind of development around there. It shows things are happening in this city," said Craig Owensby with the Metro Planning Department.
The project would be built on 1.9 acres of land on 21st Avenue, between Grand Avenue and Adelicia Street. It is estimated it will cost more than $100 million to build.
The development would house a hotel, along with residential and retail space. Plans submitted to Metro show the height of the hotel at 18 stories.
Buckingham Companies has applied for zoning variances to allow for a building to rise that far above the street in that area of Nashville.
Several established businesses would be forced out by the proposed development. Ken's Sushi and Japanese Restaurant, Midtown Benchmark and Wendy's would have to move to make room for the project.
The plans are in the very beginning stages and several Metro departments still have to student the project before making a recommendation to the Metro Planning Commission. That will happen on November 8th.
Metro Council will have the final say on approval of the development.