BHCC DEVELOPMENT BLOG: SPRING IN THE VUE
The past couple years in the Bellevue have been an exciting time for growth, development and planning. What was a relatively sleepy community with a retired mall has seen a renaissance of interest and investment from homebuilders to retail developers to churches and Metro Nashville itself. Under the leadership of Councilwoman Sheri Weiner and Councilman Dave Rosenberg, Bellevue has been positioned to grow sustainably for years to come. Let’s take a look at what’s happened and is happening in the Vue.
One of the most obvious developments has been One Bellevue Place, a sprawling, multi-use community that was a joint venture between Crosland Southeast, Branch Properties and Crescent Communities. Located at the intersection of I-40 and US 70 South, just 10 minutes from downtown Nashville, this diverse complex is includes retail stores, a movie theater, restaurants, high-end apartments, two hotels, senior living and the Ford Ice Center and Metro Parks Community Center. Having leased up quickly with local and national tenants, the retail development has already sold to MetLife Insurance and the Novel Apartments sold to The Praedium Group in New York City. However, in an interview with Councilman Dave Rosenberg, he made it clear that the future success of One Bellevue Place will require the hotels and Ford Ice Center to open and the development of nearby office buildings to improve daytime traffic.
Below are aerial and ground photos of One Bellevue Place, the Novel apartments and the pads for the Clarendale Retirement Living and Ford Ice Center.
Below are renderings of the 90,000 square foot Ford Ice Center and Community Center, marking the third ice rink location in Nashville and first complex to house both ice rinks and a community rec center under one roof.
Below is the list of retailers in One Bellevue Place.
Below is a rendering of Clarendale Retirement Living.
Church Watch: Stephens Valley Church, formerly Westminster Chapel, is relocating from Green Hills to its newly built Church in Bellevue. The Hills Church is relocating from Rains Avenue near the Fairground to the former Bellevue Cinemas movie theater on Highway 70 S.
Below is a rendering of the beautiful new Stephens Valley Church.
Below is the former Bellevue Cinemas and new home of The Hills Church, which is about to undergo renovations.
School Watch: In 2017, the School Board unanimously voted to relocate Hillwood High School to Bellevue off I-40W. Pictured below is a rendering of the new 300,000 square foot Bellevue High School, slated to break ground in 2020 with a nearly 120 million dollar price tag. This massive Davidson County project on Highway 70 S at the former Hope Park Church site has a higher budget than the newer rivaling Williamson County schools. The entire site is 274 acres with 75 acres going to the High School and the reminder going to Metro Parks. In a presentation last month, David Bailey with Hastings Architecture said the funding plan for construction has yet to be determined, but will likely be around $110 million. If all the funding is completed in one round this year, the school could open as early as the Fall of 2021. If the funding is completed in two rounds in 2020, it won’t open until the Fall of 2022. Bailey said the design will bring a lot of daylight into the classrooms with a significant amount of floor-to-ceiling glass and the modern gym will seat 1,600 people.
Below is the site plan.
Below are layouts for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors.
Below is a rendering of the entry plaza.
Below is a rendering of the commons.
Below is a rendering of the gymnasium.
Below is a rendering of the athletic fields.
Finally, Bellevue residents have been asking about the future of the notorious and partially built Larry’s Diner on Highway 70 S across from Royal Range. The property has struggled to sell and there were rumors it may even be set for a Metro-ordered demolition. One of its out-of-State investors has taken it over, scheduled the exterior to be wrapped for weather protection and has gottent the demolition put on hold. The plan is to get the property rezoned to a designation allowing more viable commercial/retail oriented uses. Once rezoned, the property will be remarketed. Below is a picture of Larry’s Diner as it stands today and a rendering of what it was supposed to be.