Developer Lays Out Major Music Row Plans, With Publix in Mind

Developer Lays Out Major Music Row Plans, With Publix in Mind

By the end of this summer, a Nashville developer aims to have all the approvals necessary for a major project at the Music Row roundabout that would include a grocery store.

Elmington Capital Group is seeking Metro government permission to develop buildings up to 22 stories, which could include hotel rooms, apartments and office space. The rendering seen here shows what the layout could look like, shedding more detail on a development we first reported about earlier this year.

Elmington’s plans include 30,000 square feet intended for a grocery store at the corner of 16th Avenue South and McGavock Street. As we’ve reported, Publix is targeting the project for one of its urban store models, which cover about 30,000 square feet.

Elmington’s plans are on the Metro Planning Commission’s May 14 agenda. The company also will need its building designs approved by the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency.

Dominic Zabriskie, who is Elmington’s director of asset management, said he could not comment about any particular grocery chain. He said Elmington has no signed letter of intent yet.

“This would be one of the first urban grocer footprints in Nashville, so it takes a little more time for them to analyze what their product mix is,” Zabriskie said. “Obviously, there’s demand. We’ve studied it in great detail. That’s what spurred us to design a retail box that would accommodate one.”

Elmington’s plans would only add to the development boom underway at the Music Row roundabout, in Midtown. Two apartment developers are building 640 units across from the retail strip that Elmington owns fronting Demonbreun Street. There are nearly 200 more apartments under construction on 16th Avenue South, diagonally across from where Elmington’s potential grocery store tenant would set up shop.

The first step is creating more parking.

Elmington’s plans call for a parking garage that can hold 200 vehicles, located next to the Rhythm condo building at 1510 Demonbreun St.

The tenants in Elmington’s retail strip once could use a free surface lot across the street that held about 400 cars. That disappeared once apartment developers Fasion and Childress Kline got going on their apartment buildings.

That garage would mean Elmington could then begin developing the parking lot next to the Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse — the corner of 16th Avenue South and McGavock Street.

“If the stars align, the second piece would be the grocery store,” Zabriskie said.

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