Work set to resume on second Amazon tower

The Amazon Two tower is seen on the left

Work is set to begin on the tower component of the second high-rise at the Amazon complex at Nashville Yards downtown.

A permit, valued at about $57.4 million, has been issued to allow for the tower's construction.

Work seemingly slowed for Tower 2 in mid-2020. Specifically, the elevator shaft component of the building, located near the Downtown YMCA at 1010 Church St., has not gone vertical since its parking garage base — shared with the soon-to-be-completed first high-rise — was topped in early last summer. The elevator shaft of the second tower stands slightly above the parking component.

Southwest Value Partners is the owner and master developer of the 18-acre Nashville Yards. Company officials told the Post in October construction of the second tower remained on schedule but declined further comment. Work nears completion on the first high-rise. Southwest Value officials could not be reached for comment regarding a timetable for construction of the second tower.

The dual-tower development will house the Amazon Operations Center of Excellence and carry a roughly $230 million price tag.

Amazon officials could not be reached for comment. However, Nashville Business Journal reports the company expects construction of the tower to be completed in 2023. Amazon will begin having employees work from the existing building this summer.

The resumption of work comes as Los Angeles-based AEG is thought to be nearing jump-starting its component of Nashville Yards, construction for which was put on hold due to COVID-19 considerations. That cessation of work — detailed here — came after the completion of an extensive 10-month excavation at the 5.5-acre site in mid-September.

The first of the two Amazon towers, which stands about 360 feet, hugs the Church Street Viaduct at 10th. It stands 20 stories and will, once completed, contain 566,000 square feet of office and retail space. The second tower will be constructed immediately to the north of the first and will stand 22 stories, the permit notes. Designed by Nashville-based Greham Smith, the buildings will be home to roughly 5,000 Amazon employees.

The Nashville office of New York-based Turner Construction is handling the job. Southwest Value developed the Nashville Yards site of the Grand Hyatt Nashville Hotel.

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