By Laura Calugar
Gresham, Smith and Partners will provide architecture, interior design, structural engineering and master planning services for Nashville Yards, a 15-acre mixed-use development planned for several blocks in Nashville, Tenn. According to The Tennessean, the project also includes 250 multifamily units, a 23-story Hyatt Regency hotel, offices, retail space and an urban park. Southwest Value partnered with Lincoln Property Co. for the $1 billion development.
Located just downtown Nashville’s western edge and stretching from Broadway to Church Street, the project will create a new gateway to Nashville’s urban core and transform the city’s skyline, adding more than four million square feet of commercial and residential space.
Massive indoor music venue
AEG, a subsidiary of the Anschutz Co., is under contract with Nashville Yards’ master developer to build a 4,000-capacity music venue to anchor the entertainment district. This will be built on a 4-acre lot of the overall 15-acre site. Plans also call for an 850-seat theater complex, a 600-capacity live entertainment club and a 240-key boutique hotel, as well as food and beverage venues. The movie theatre includes nine screens with full reclining seats, the latest audio-visual technology and will be operated by Regal Entertainment.
Former LifeWay campus’ transformation
The 15-acre site has been the home of LifeWay Christian Ministries for decades, but LifeWay’s relocation spurred the vacancy of downtown campus for alternative uses. The nine-building property featured more than 1 million square feet of office, warehouse and parking space. The Nashville Yards site was once a rail yard, a hub of people and goods entering Nashville.
“With the new development, Nashville Yards once again becomes the gateway to the city through the creative combination of outstanding buildings, a layered walkable environment and open green space, linking this underutilized land back into the city fabric,” said GS&P Principal Joe Bucher in a prepared statement.
Southwest Value Partners purchased the urban core redevelopment site for $125 million back in 2015 from LifeWay Christian Resources, the publishing arm of the Southern Baptist Convention.
GS&P’s Corporate + Urban Design Studio also designed LifeWay’s new headquarters in the 32-acre Capitol View campus, a mixed-use urban development in Nashville’s central business district.
Images courtesy of Nashville Yards website