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Details Emerge for South Gulch Project

Nashville Post
February 23, 2021
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Paseo South Gulch towers to offer 620 residential units, office and retail space

Details are emerging regarding a mixed-used project slated for Pie Town, with the name of the development to be called Paseo South Gulch.

According to a release, the development’s future two towers will offer a collective 620 residential units, 18,000 square feet of office, and 14,000 square feet of retail.

The towers will join The Bill Voorhees Company Building, which is slated for a rooftop addition (read more here), and the former industrial structure last home to the Downtown Nashville Antique Mall.

New York-based SomeraRoad owns the property, with a main address of 620 Eighth Ave. S., and is renovating both the Voorhees and antique mall buildings. One of the planned towers, to rise 16 floors, will be sandwiched by those two older structures, while the second, a 20-floor high-rise, will sit behind Voorhees.

According to the release, construction of Tower 1 is to begin by year’s end, with a completion date of late 2023. Work on Tower 2 will begin in late 2022 and is eyed for a 2024 finish.

Rehabbing of the ex-antique mall building, with the refurbishment of its original bow truss roof and brick façade, continues and is expected to be finished in March. The building provides 26,000 square feet of creative office space and retail, highlighted by private patios and multiple entrances.

Work to reinvent The Voorhees Building will be finished in June. The structure will offer 12,000-square-foot floor plates (about 58,000 square feet overall) and naming rights availability. In addition to the rooftop addition (with a glass element), SomeraRoad’s update includes new windows, elevators and building systems.

The release notes that the moniker “Paseo” references the development’s future “interconnected walkways and terraces and its emphasis on bringing people together with outdoor programming.”

“We are significantly invested in Nashville for the long-term,” Andrew Donchez, SomeraRoad director of development, said in the release. “A top priority is to be a catalyst for smart, urban core growth that promotes sustainability, walkability and provides a unique experience in the market. Creating new mixed-use residential towers as the centerpiece of a revitalized urban district afforded the freedom to reimagine the ground level experience and to create seamless connectivity and activation between the new and the historic. Paseo will ultimately be a bold and authentic destination that will be a distinct and memorable experience for both visitors and residents.”

Nashville-based Manuel Zeitlin Architects is handling design of the Voorhies addition. ESa, also locally based, and MZA worked on the master plan for the site. Nashville-based Hawkins Partners is handling landscape architecture work, with Kimley-Horn the engineer.

The local offices of Cushman & Wakefield and Ojas Partners are handgun the marketing of the office and retail spaces, respectively.

The team will go before the Metro Planning Commission on Thursday, March 25, related to a final site plan and to a height variance related to Metro's downtown code. The site covers about 2.6 acres and is located within a node in which Pie Town and The Gulch overlap. Via an LLC, SomeraRoad paid $30 million for the property in 2019.