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Nashville Rescue Mission beautification project complete

Mission celebrates 60th anniversary

On May 22, the Nashville Rescue Mission celebrated its 60th anniversary and showed off its new landscaping and parking lot.

As we detailed in March, the Nashville Rescue Mission underwent a beautification project that included the addition of a rain garden, raised planters, more than 50 new trees, an outdoor recreational area, increased parking and a redesigned, improved entrance into the parking lot, as well as into the building.

Here are some pictures from the event.

Crowd assembled for Nashville Rescue Mission 60th anniversary celebration

Crowd assembled for Nashville Rescue Mission 60th anniversary celebration

 

Erica Gilmore, District 19 Council Member; Glenn Cranfield, President and CEO, Nashville Rescue Mission; Max Knauss, Division 2 Constuctors; Axson West, Principal, Southeast Venture; Joe Hodgson, Partner, Hodgson & Douglas Landscape Architects; Shelley Lowe, Senior Project Designer, Barge Cauthen & Associates; Bo Adams, Senior Project Manager, H.G. Hill Realty Company; Chris Host, Assistant Project Manager, H.G. Hill Realty Company

Erica Gilmore, District 19 Council Member; Glenn Cranfield, President and CEO, Nashville Rescue Mission; Max Knauss, Division 2 Constuctors; Axson West, Principal, Southeast Venture; Joe Hodgson, Partner, Hodgson & Douglas Landscape Architects; Shelley Lowe, Senior Project Designer, Barge Cauthen & Associates; Bo Adams, Senior Project Manager, H.G. Hill Realty Company; Chris Host, Assistant Project Manager, H.G. Hill Realty Company

Glenn Cranfield, President and CEO, Nashville Rescue Mission; Erica Gilmore, District 19 Council Member

Glenn Cranfield, President and CEO, Nashville Rescue Mission; Erica Gilmore, District 19 Council Member

Ribbon for ribbon cutting

Ribbon for ribbon cutting

James Neil; Joe Hodgson, Partner, Hodgson & Douglas Landscape Architects; Richard Speer, Nashville Rescue Mission Board of Directors; Shelley Lowe, Senior Project Designer, Barge Cauthen & Associates; Max Knauss, Division 2 Constuctors; Bo Adams, Senior Project Manager, H.G. Hill Realty Company; Axson West, Principal, Southeast Venture; Chris Host, Assistant Project Manager, H.G. Hill Realty Company

James Neil; Joe Hodgson, Partner, Hodgson & Douglas Landscape Architects; Richard Speer, Nashville Rescue Mission Board of Directors; Shelley Lowe, Senior Project Designer, Barge Cauthen & Associates; Max Knauss, Division 2 Constuctors; Bo Adams, Senior Project Manager, H.G. Hill Realty Company; Axson West, Principal, Southeast Venture; Chris Host, Assistant Project Manager, H.G. Hill Realty Company

Axson West, Principal, Southeast Venture; Richard Speer, Nashville Rescue Mission Board of Directors

Axson West, Principal, Southeast Venture; Richard Speer, Nashville Rescue Mission Board of Directors

 

Nashville Rescue Mission with new landscaping and trees

Nashville Rescue Mission with new landscaping and trees

 

Nashville Rescue Mission with new landscaping and trees

Nashville Rescue Mission with new landscaping and trees

Nashville Rescue Mission

Nashville Rescue Mission

Joe Hodgson, Partner, Hodgson & Douglas Landscape Architects; Max Knauss, Division 2 Constuctors; Axson West, Principal, Southeast Venture; Greg Dew, Division 2 Constuctors; Bo Adams, Senior Project Manager, H.G. Hill Realty Company; Chris Host, Assistant Project Manager, H.G. Hill Realty Company

Joe Hodgson, Partner, Hodgson & Douglas Landscape Architects; Max Knauss, Division 2 Constuctors; Axson West, Principal, Southeast Venture; Greg Dew, Division 2 Constuctors; Bo Adams, Senior Project Manager, H.G. Hill Realty Company; Chris Host, Assistant Project Manager, H.G. Hill Realty Company

grilling

Nashville Rescue Mission employees and volunteers grilling hamburgers and hot dogs at the Mission’s 60th anniversary celebration.

Raised planters

Raised planters ready to be filled with seasonal foliage!

Glenn Cranfield

Glenn Cranfield, President and CEO, Nashville Rescue Mission

Many thanks to all the partners involved in the project.

 

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Tennessee Baptist Convention Plans Move into LifePoint Hospitals’ Seven Springs Headquarters

The Tennessee Baptist Convention has signed a sublease from LifePoint Hospitals for 20,600 square feet of unused space in its new 203,000-square-foot headquarters at 330 Seven Springs Way in Brentwood.

The Class A, seven-story office building, which Highwoods Properties built to LifePoint’s specifications at its Seven Springs development, will serve as the Tennessee Baptist Convention’s home for the next three years. When this lease is up the Tennessee Baptist Convention plans to build and move into a permanent space that has yet to be announced.

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“LifePoint’s headquarters is a beautiful new office building, with high ceilings, plenty of structured parking and lots of natural light. It will be a great space for Tennessee Baptist Convention to call home while it plans its next steps,” said Axson West, principal for Southeast Venture. West and Southeast Venture Broker Coleman Boyd represented the Tennessee Baptist Convention in the sublease. Barry Smith, co-founder and president of Eakin Partners, represented LifePoint.

In November 2013, H.G. Hill Realty Company purchased Tennessee Baptist Convention’s previous 5.25-acre, 88,000-square-foot property at 5001 Maryland Way, at the corner of Franklin Road and Maryland Way in Brentwood. West and Boyd represented the Tennessee Baptist Convention in the sale.

The Tennessee Baptist Convention is expected to move into its new space within the next 30 days.

Axson named NAIOP’s 2014 Outstanding Nashville Member

The Nashville chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) has honored Southeast Venture Principal Axson West with its 2014 Outstanding Member Award. The award was announced at NAIOP’s Annual Awards Gala February 25, 2014.

AxsonThe award honors one commercial real estate professional for his or her valued contribution and commitment to the industry. The selection committee, made up of NAIOP’s board of directors and past presidents, takes into consideration the individual’s leadership, NAIOP involvement, years as a NAIOP member and community involvement.

Since 1980, Axson has been involved in all aspects of the commercial real estate brokerage business, including office and industrial leasing, as well as improved property sales. His primary focus is land sales and site selection. Axson joined Southeast Venture in 1988 and, along with the other partners, directed the transformation of Southeast Venture from being an owner-developer in the late 1980’s to the full service brokerage and design services firm that is today.

Most recently, Axson represented the National HealthCare Corporation (NHC) in acquiring sites in Gallatin and Bellevue. He also sold the old Middle Tennessee Medical Center’s (MTMC) hospital campus in Murfreesboro, Tenn. to Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), and sold the Tennessee Baptist Convention property as the corner of Franklin Road and Maryland Way to H.G. Hill Realty Company.

Axson is a board member and president elect of the Economic Club of Nashville and past president of CCIM of Middle Tennessee and NAIOP. Additionally, he is a board member of Liberty Collegiate Academy, a charter school serving the East Nashville community. A Memphis, Tenn. native, Axson graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1977.

Local businesses chip in to beautify Nashville Rescue Mission

 

Nashville Rescue Mission has started renovations on its entrance and parking lot with the help and support of several area businesses.

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In partnership with Southeast Venture, LLC.; H.G. Hill Realty Company; Hodgson & Douglas Landscape Architects; Barge Cauthen & Associates; Division 2 Constructors and Artisan Landscaping; Nashville Rescue Mission is undergoing a beautification project that will take approximately six weeks to complete and will include the addition of eco-friendly bioretention cells (also called a rain garden), raised planters filled with seasonal foliage, more than 50 new trees, an outdoor recreational area, increased parking and a redesigned, improved entrance into the parking lot, as well as into the building.

“Nashville Rescue Mission is a place of restoration and a place to reclaim beauty,” said Glenn Cranfield, president and CEO of Nashville Rescue Mission. “We want our entrance and parking lot to reflect that. With the addition of the Music City Center and the development of the SoBro area, the landscape of Nashville is changing and we want to change with it. We want to be good neighbors.”

Mayor Karl Dean

Mayor Karl Dean

“Nashville Rescue Mission provides a valuable service to Nashville through helping those who are hungry, homeless and in need,” Nashville Mayor Karl Dean said. “They are able to do this work through the generosity of individuals, businesses, foundations and churches—not government funds. These improvements will not only add beauty to our great city, but they will also enhance how the Mission serves its guests. It’s a wonderful demonstration of the Mission’s commitment to being good corporate citizens in our city.”

Axon West

Axon West

“We are honored to be a part of this project,” said Axson West, principal at Southeast Venture, LLC. “It’s amazing to see what a community can do when everyone works together toward a common goal. Nashville Rescue Mission is doing an incredible job of helping people in need. Soon, everyone who pulls into the parking lot or walks into the building will be greeted with a warm, inviting message of hope and not an asphalt jungle.”

NRM2.jpg“It’s a privilege to serve in partnership with this project team in service to Nashville Rescue Mission,” said Bo Adams, senior project manager at H.G. Hill Realty Company. “The programs and services the Mission offers to our community are critical, and we are thrilled to be able to contribute in this manner.”

“I can’t wait to see what a difference the new entrance and parking lot will make,” said John, a graduate of the Mission’s Life Recovery Program and current resident of the Mission’s Transitional House. “I know what it’s like to walk up to the Mission for the first time. I was scared, nervous and apprehensive. A warm, welcoming entrance will go a long way in making someone who is new to the Mission feel good about coming here for help.”

Nashville Rescue Mission plans to host an open house once the project is complete.

Southeast Venture Taps into Nashville’s Restaurant Movement

Brings Prima restaurant to Terrazzo

Terrazzo1In May 2013, Southeast Venture Broker Jon Petty and Principal Axson West helped bring Nashville’s newest fine-dining option to the Gulch by securing a lease agreement for Community Hospitality, LLC in the Terrazzo.

Local restaurateur Miranda Whitcomb Pontes and Jim Lewis, managing partner and CEO of Cumberland Consulting Group, who make up Community Hospitality, LLC, secured Chef Sal Avila for their innovative new restaurant, Prima. Sal previously worked at City House, 360 Bistro and Jay Jay’s Good Food Truck.

Terrazzo2Over the last couple years, Nashville’s burgeoning foodie scene has garnered national accolades from publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Forbes, Conde Nast, Bon Appétit, The Guardian and Food & Wine, and this development of new restaurants has helped spur other development around Nashville.

Prima’s 7,000-square-foot first floor space at 700 12th Avenue South fronts Division Street and sits across from Music City Flats. The restaurant will provide a unique international spin on farm-to-table dining and include an expansive wine cellar and private dining space via a mezzanine that overlooks the main dining lobby. The restaurant will use a wood-burning oven along with a mozzarella and olive bar to pair with fresh, chef driven cuisine. The restaurant is expected to open in early 2014.

Terrazzo3Location Nashville, Tenn.

Date Completed May 2013

Client Community Hospitality, LLC

Project Scale 7,000 Total SF Class A Retail Space

Services Provided Brokerage

MTSU Purchases MTMC’s Former Campus

Axson West and Gordon Ferguson

Axson West, Principal, Southeast Venture and Gordon Ferguson, President and CEO, MTMC

In April 2013, Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) announced its purchase, for $11.1 million, of Middle Tennessee Medical Center’s (MTMC) old hospital campus in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

The North Highland Avenue property became available in October 2010, after MTMC moved into its $267 million new hospital on Medical Center Parkway in Murfreesboro’s Gateway area.

In 2009, MTMC hired Southeast Venture and Principal Axson West to market the old campus. The hospital’s leadership engaged Southeast Venture because of its experience in marketing commercial and medical real estate. Additionally, Southeast Venture’s architecture services provided necessary expertise for the adaptive use of the 17.4-acre site.

With guidance from Southeast Venture, MTMC chose to demolish the old hospital building so the property would be more attractive to a wider selection of interested buyers. The Rutherford County campus sits three blocks from MTSU, four blocks from Murfreesboro’s thriving and historic town square and 30 miles southeast of downtown Nashville.

In the early meetings with Southeast Venture, MTMC and MTSU, MTSU expressed that they didn’t have the funds from the Tennessee Board of Regents to purchase the property. Fortunately, the university’s capital campaign exceeded its initial $60M benchmark, and generous donations from alumni like Andrew Woodfin “Woody” Miller made the purchase possible.

On Friday, April 19, 2013, MTSU hosted a ceremony in the Bell Street Building to mark the purchase of the property. Sidney McPhee, president of MTSU, kicked off the event by speaking about the long-standing relationship between MTSU and MTMC.

Sidney McPhee

Sidney McPhee, President, MTSU

Calling MTMC “one of our strongest community partners,” McPhee said that the acquisition of the old hospital campus is “the next step in strengthening this relationship.” MTMC and MTSU are Murfreesboro’s two largest employers and MTSU is Tennessee’s largest undergraduate program with over 23,000 students enrolled.

McPhee also noted that the motivation to enter into the deal with MTMC came out of a continued need to enhance MTSU’s facilities, which he called a “top priority of the university.”

Other speakers at the ceremony included Lee Moss, chairman and CEO of MidSouth Bank and friend of MTSU; Gordon Ferguson, president and CEO of MTMC; and Tommy Bragg, Murfreesboro mayor. Ferguson made special mention of Southeast Venture and West, thanking them for their roles in securing the purchase.

Lee Moss

Lee Moss, Chairman and CEO, MidSouth Bank

Gordon Ferguson

Gordon Ferguson, President and CEO, MTMC

Tommy Bragg

Tommy Bragg, Murfreesboro Mayor

MTSU plans to use the Bell Street Building at 503 East Bell Street immediately. The school will also make immediate use of a 407-space parking garage and multiple parking lots on the site.

Unveiling of Bell Street Building sign

Unveiling of Bell Street Building sign

Axson West and Paul Latture

Axson West, Principal, Southeast Venture and Paul Latture, President, Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce

Middle Tennessee’s CRE 50

Nashville Post’s recent listing of the “CRE 50” of 2011 included two familiar faces from Southeast Venture: Randy Parham and Axson West. The feature highlights 50 commercial real estate pros who are making moves throughout Middle Tennessee.

Check out Randy and Axson’s profiles from the article.

Congratulations to both of them!