Image released for mixed-use Midtown building

Chicago-based Akara Partners has released an image for its mixed-use building Kenect Nashville planned for Midtown, with a groundbreaking on the project looming.

Akara has created AP 1815 Division Street LLC to undertake the development, the address for which derives from the LLC moniker. The building (pictured) will stand 20 stories and will include 420 residential units and about 24,000 square feet of ground-level retail space.

The tower will rise on a three-parcel site — now fenced and on which two nondescript structures will soon be razed — at the southeast corner of the T-intersection of Division Street and 19th Avenue South (see here courtesy of Google Maps).

David Earnhart, Akara vice president of design and construction, said the company has tapped Chicago-based Perkins + Will as the design architect and Nashville-based Smith Gee Studio as the architect-of-record. The company worked with Chicago-based Pappageorge Haymes Architects for its Kenect high-rise in Chicago, which was completed in late 2016.

The general contractor is the local office of Chicago-based James McHugh Construction Co. Hawkins Partners will serve as landscape architect and Barge Cauthen and Associates as the civil engineer.

Of Note, McHugh built mixed-used tower The SoBro and Perkins + Will designed the Bridgestone Americas Tower. Both those high-rises are based in SoBro.

Earnhart said other details, including information for a ceremonial groundbreaking, are forthcoming.