Plans unveiled for 'Broadway Hotel'

Thursday, April 17, 2008 at 1:43am

Denver-based Sage Hospitality today unveiled the new design for the proposed hotel along Lower Broadway after having filed with the Metro Planning Commission an amendment to the zoning approved for the project last year.

Sage started the process with Metro Council a month ago but had no images of the redesign until today.

Now dubbed Broadway Hotel, the project is shorter than originally approved and doesn’t contain condominiums. The proposed number of rooms increases from 375 to 457.

Earl Swensson Associates and Hawkins Partners handled the redesign and made it more friendly to the historic facades along Broadway.

The planning commission takes up the amendment on April 24. Council has the amendment on the public hearing meeting for May 6 and could be approved at the next meeting in May.

The hotel flag may or may not be Westin. But the developer says the hotel would be four-star quality. Despite the tight credit markets, Sage is confident the money can be obtained to build the project.

A major positive is Nashville’s hotel market in general continues to get stronger occupancy and higher rates, particularly downtown.

Sage along with The Barber Group of Arkansas battled hard to get the special-plan zoning. Historic preservationists opposed the project because of its size and possible negative impact on Lower Broad’s historic character. Metro Planning Director Rick Bernhardt thought it too large for the street as well.

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By: Time for Truth on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Hard to form an opinion without seeing a drawing. The last proposal looked OK.

By: capt4chris on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Right. If they unveiled a new picture of the design, where is it Richard?

By: capt4chris on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Alright. There's a shot of it in the e-paper.

By: nashbeck on 12/31/69 at 7:00

The new design looks a lot better than the original IMO.

By: Time for Truth on 12/31/69 at 7:00

It appears to be larger but a nice looking building with plenty of setback. We need more hotel space downtown.