Implosion planned in downtown Nashville, Tennessee

Implosion planned in downtown Nashville, Tennessee

Demolition of Draper Tower will make way for Nashville Yards mixed-use development.

October 26, 2017
CDR Staff

A 12-story building in Nashville, Tennessee, is slated to come down via implosion in December. The implosion of Draper Tower, located at 117 10th Ave. N., would be one of the largest implosions in recent Nashville history according to an article in The Tennessean.

It will be replaced with new residential, office and retail buildings as part of San Diego-based Southwest Value Partners' Nashville Yards mixed-use development.

The building is part of the LifeWay Christian Resources campus, the publishing arm of the Southern Baptist Convention. The developer is reportedly working to preserve key features of the former 15-acre campus, but determined the crosses on the building were not salvageable. It is one of several buildings on the campus, which Southwest Value Partners purchased for $125 million in cash nearly two years ago.

Development of the property is set to begin later this year with the 591-room, full-service Hyatt Regency hotel, along with the first phases of office, retail, and residential development.

Another demolition is expected early next year of the Sullivan Tower, which is reportedly eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, the Tennessean article says. LifeWay will move to its new headquarters nearing completion at Capitol View in November.

The Sullivan Tower site is part of 5.5 acres overall that Los Angeles-based sports and live entertainment company AEG plans to buy from Southwest Value, the article states. It plans to build an indoor music venue as part of a mixed-use entertainment district.