August 03, 2015

East And West Coast Influences Meet At Meridian Second Phase

By Josh Flory
– Nashville Business Journal –

A touch of Seattle and a taste of New York are coming to Boyle Investment Company’s latest project.

Boyle this week unveiled details about the second phase of its Meridian development, which is located between Interstate 65 and Carothers Parkway, just south of the Primus building. The mixed-use development is already home to Community Health Systems, and five more buildings are underway.

One of those is a 66,000-square foot office building that will be anchored by Microsoft, which will occupy 11,000 square feet, says Thomas McDaniel of Boyle. The Seattle-area software giant is currently housed in about 5,000 square feet in a nearby Boyle building and will base its regional sales office at the Meridian.

In addition, the developer has inked a trio of restaurant tenants. New York-style delicatessen Noshville – which already has locations in Green Hills and Midtown – has signed on for a building off of Carothers Drive. Boscos, which has a location in Hillsboro Village, will occupy part of a two-story, 41,000-square-foot building featuring office and retail space.

Nucci’s Italian Ice and Gelato, which started in Philadelphia, will open its first Tennessee store in the Meridian.

Boyle officials estimate there will be up to 6,000 workers in Meridian and adjacent office buildings to the north and south, and they’re hoping those workers will be attracted to the shopping and dining options in the project, which is designed to be easily walkable.

"It is a New-Urbanistic design model that is kind of dropped into the suburban market," says Mark Traylor, who oversees Boyle’s retail real estate projects in Nashville.