The Metro Development and Housing Agency tapped Nashville-based Baron+Dowdle Construction LLC Tuesday as lead developer for the recently renovated former NABRICO building –– now called “Bridge Building” –– on the east bank of the Cumberland River.
With MDHA’s selection of Baron+Dowdle, the development team is to develop, lease and manage the new Bridge Building, which will also have office space for the Metro Parks and Recreation Department.
One of the developer’s plans for the building is a “locally owned, Nashville flavored restaurant with space for live music acts,” according to MDHA.
“The Bridge Building has gone from a vacant former industrial property to a beautiful and very efficient structure including geo-thermal heating and cooling,” MDHA Executive Director Phil Ryan said in a statement. “The Baron+Dowdle development team will finish the interiors with a variety of dining options and event spaces for Nashvillians and our visitors.”
Baron+Dowdle’s development team includes The Blonder Group, Pinnacle Bank, EOA Architects, Lamoureax Properties, Cooper Travis & Company, and Bradley Arant Boult Cummings.
Mayor Karl Dean said the addition of restaurants and event space in the building would create a “vibrant, distinct destination with unmatched views in the city.”
“Nashville’s citizens were clear during development of the riverfront plan that they want a 24-hour riverfront that is active and sustainable with public places that reconnect people to the river,” Dean said. “This project and Cumberland Park are the first two steps toward a major transformation of our riverfront.”