The Tennessean’s longtime pressmen reflect on their jobs as the presses print for the last time on Sunday, March 3, 2019. The paper will be printed at sister papers both in Knoxville and Louisville.
Ayrika L Whitney, The Tennessean
The Tennesseean moved from its home of 82 years this week into new Midtown offices at 1801 West End Avenue.
Now, the multimedia news organization’s former 1937-era complex at 1100 Broadway is being prepared for demolition.
Raleigh, North Carolina-based Highwoods Properties bought the 10-acre Gulch-adjacent property in February 2018 for $50 million.
The company plans to erect new upscale offices wrapped in retail shops at the site. But final design plans haven’t been decided.
“We’re pursuing prospective tenants for the property,” said Highwoods Senior Vice President Brian Reames. “We’re really excited to be getting in a position to pursue the many opportunities in the urban core.”
Aerial of The Tennessean building at 1100 Broadway in downtown Nashville. (Photo: Larry McCormack/The Tennessean)
Demolition will take place in phases. The buildings, which still house printing press equipment, must first be gutted.
Then they will be knocked down in pieces beginning in mid-summer.
“It’s going to be a more structured type of a demolition than an implosion event,” Reames said. “Until we were able to do demolition, that site had not really been viable. It’s going to be something to watch.”
Developer Jim Caden bought The Tennessean’s former newsprint storage warehouse last summer. It has addresses at 1100 McGavock Street and 1111 Broadway, but future plans have not been announced.
The former Tennessean site is in a prime redevelopment area surrounded by ambitious new projects.
Next door, a Whole Foods Market topped with about 300 apartments is nearing completion at 1200 Broadway.
Behind the building, a developer is seeking permission to build a 20-story hotel at a vacant lot at 1101 Grundy Street. Across from that, Highwoods is also developing Asurion’s new $285 million headquarters buildings on a former Tennessean parking lot.
The $1 billion Nashville Yards development where Amazon is building office towers for a 5,000-person operations hub is underway nearby. A Grand Hyatt hotel and Anschutz Entertainment Group entertainment district with a concert venue, club and movie theater are included in those plans.
Capitol View mixed-use urban district recently finished construction at Charlotte and 11th avenues. It includes offices for HCA and WeWork, apartments, and a number of retail shops and restaurants.
Other major Gulch developments in the works include the W Hotel and three office towers at the corner of 12th and Demonbreun streets.
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