Church art

A two-parcel East Nashville property located approximately seven blocks north of Five Points and on which sits a church building has sold for $1.3 million.

The Davidson County Register of Deeds Office has yet to record the transaction, but a source confirmed the deal.

The new owners of the property, with addresses of 714-716 Gallatin Ave., are locally based real estate investor Afshin Yazdian and a group of silent investors.

Nashville attorneys Jim Higgins and Rick Piliponis, partners with SoBro-based The Higgins Firm, were the sellers. The two paid $1.02 million for the property in May 2019, according to Metro records, and were planning to open a pub in the building that housed the church. The business tentatively was to have been called Eastwood Assembly, the Post reported at the time.

Prior to that deal two years ago, the property previously changed hands in 2007 for $172,500, Metro records show.

Sitting next to the church building is a structure home to King Solomon Gyros.

Nashville-based The Cauble Group (Tyler Cauble) represented the buyers in the transaction. Bo Rainey, vice president with Nashville-based Charles Hawkins Co., represented the sellers.

Believed to have been built in the 1940s and once home to the New Destiny Christian Fellowship and the Miracle Worker Temple, the former religious building sits across Gallatin Avenue from a Kroger within a busy stretch of East Nashville. In 2008, a previous owner sought to reinvent the building to accommodate a club called the Mercury Theater, according to Metro documents.

I began my journalism career in Nashville in 1990, with my current position with Nashville Post having evolved since October 2000 (when I was with the now-defunct The City Paper, a sister publication of the Post starting in 2008).

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