While plans for Sylvan Supply, a new mixed-used development on Charlotte Avenue, were well underway before COVID-19, the complex, with its breezeways, large courtyard and outside seating, is appropriately imagined for a post-quarantine world.
The smart design appeals to office tenants whose employees are now venturing back into the workplace and appreciate the easy access to outdoor space, says Chris Faussemagne, a partner with Atlanta-based Third & Urban. The developer, in conjunction with real estate investment firm FCP and Centric Architecture, rehabbed the 60-year-old industrial building, which formerly housed Madison Mill.
“When you walk into an old building, it has character,” Chris says. “It tells a story.” Third & Urban’s specialty is going into cities such as Charlotte, Orlando and its home base of Atlanta and renovating and repurposing buildings that have been abandoned or fallen into disrepair. At one time, the structure at 4101 Charlotte Ave. housed a mill that manufactured quality wood and steel products. After years of neglect, the building had become dilapidated and in desperate need of an overhaul. This is the firm’s first project in Nashville, although Chris says they are on the lookout for other properties.
The industrial building, with its high ceilings, exposed steel beams and massive windows that let in natural light, appeals to both office and retail tenants, and Sylvan Supply already has an impressive roster. Retail clients already or soon to open include seafood restaurant Red Perch, Bearded Iris Taproom, Otaku Ramen West, Punk Wok, Radish Kitchen, Woodland Wine Merchant, Barista Parlor, Row House, Pure Barre, Beauty School Salon and ElàMar Skin.
Office tenants, who will occupy 135,000 square feet of space, include Accenture, a global consulting company; Bricktop’s corporate office; FortyAU software developers; Keller Williams Realty; and KPFF consulting engineers.
The 7-acre property that sits back from Charlotte is convenient and still offers patrons a respite. Trees and flowers are planted throughout the courtyard, and the original railroad tracks remain, reminding visitors of a time past. In addition to its other draws, there is an abundance of parking, a rarity for Nashville, according to Elliott Kyle, a retail broker who worked on the project.
“We didn’t want this to be the kind of place you pull in and go to one spot,” says Elliott. “We wanted this to be the kind of place you pull in and this is just sort of your scene. I wanted this project to be a town center of sorts on the west side.”
Photographs by Dorian Shy and Accenture