Hotel set for Row site long eyed for redevelopment

The hotel building as seen with Chet Atkins Place on the left and Music Square West on the right.

The Music Row site once home to the iconic United Artists Tower and long eyed for a hotel and then an apartment building will now, and finally, be developed with a hotel.

The project, a groundbreaking date for which has not yet been announced, will unfold at 50 Music Square W. An investor and development group overseen by hoteliers Jay Patel and Andy Bhakta will undertake the project, a seven-story hotel building (pictured) with 132 rooms.

The site previously accommodated the nine-story octagon-shaped United Artists Tower, which the owners had razed in 2019. One permit from the Metro Codes Department and approval from the Metro Planning Commission (related to aerial encroachment) are needed for groundbreaking to begin.

In 2018, the owners had an agreement with Hilton to adaptively reuse the then-octagon building to accommodate a 185-room boutique hotel with a Tapestry Collection by Hilton (read here). A 2020 opening was eyed at the time.

When that project failed to materialize, the investor group pivoted, seeking a seven-story building with 132 apartments. That effort also stalled and Dickson-based Sai Ram 009 LLC, which paid $3.8 million for the property, changed directions once more — this time to a seven-floor hotel.

The architect is Nashville-based Manuel Zeitlin Architects, with Barge Cauthen & Associates, also locally based, handling engineering duties. The hotel, a brand for which has not been announced, will include underground parking and a swimming pool. Vehicular access will be from both Chet Atkins Place and 17th Avenue South (Music Square West).

Opened in 1974 and then owned by some members of Elvis Presley backup band The Jordanaires, the quirky United Artists Tower long provided office and recording studio space.

Of note, Patel also wants to redevelop the Midtown site of the Louise Douglas Apartments, with a main address of at 2221 Elliston Place, with a six-story Holiday Inn Express. That project (read more here) has stalled due to COVID-19 factors.

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