City seeks developer to reinvent historic Bridge Building space

Monday, August 15, 2011 at 6:31pm

The Metro Development and Housing Agency has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a developer of the historic Bridge Building currently being stabilized next to the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge on the Cumberland River’s East bank.

Proposals are due Sept. 15.

Julie Oaks, MDHA spokeswoman, said general contractor R.G. Anderson Co. Inc. is about 85 percent completed with the $6.9 million effort to stabilize and update the six-story, approximately 75-foot-tall building, which sits in the shadows of LP Field.

Once finished this for fall, the Bridge Building (long known as the Nashville Bridge Company Building) will feature areas to provide concessions, offices for the Metro Parks and Recreation Department (which is partnering with MDHA on the project) and public restrooms. In addition, a 770-space surface parking lot will accompany the building and the adjacent Cumberland Park (also under construction).

The chosen developer will be expected to “capitalize on the building’s unique location and view,” Oaks said.

“We want something distinct to Nashville,” she added.

Oaks said the RFP specifies the developer appropriately use the space with food/beverage, retail and/or cultural businesses. A music component is hoped for, she added.

5 Comments on this post:

By: girliegirl on 8/16/11 at 7:10

I've been in that bldg...and it was spectacular...the view of the city was fabulous!

By: rolffz on 8/16/11 at 9:16

Who developed the Griffin Technologies building just off of Wedgewood near MacAuthority? They did a fantastic job with an old industrial building.

By: NewYorker1 on 8/16/11 at 11:04

They need to bulldike that building down and build something new there. Something like Atlantic Station in Atlanta for example.

By: bfra on 8/16/11 at 3:40

Explain how they can bulldike or bull dyke a building!

By: NewYorker1 on 8/17/11 at 10:28

LOL... my bad. A typo. That should be bulldoze.