Metro Nashville plans to purchase the empty Hickory Hollow Mall in Antioch and partner with Vanderbilt University Medical Center to turn the property into a hybrid medical and community center similar to One Hundred Oaks, officials said Wednesday.
The city wants to buy the property and an adjoining office building for $44 million.
The city has signed a letter of intent to negotiate a long-term lease with VUMC for at least 600,000 square feet to be reallocated to health care services. Metro anticipates that the lease with VUMC will “significantly offset” the cost of the land “if successfully negotiated,” according to a press release.
Mayor John Cooper and council member Joy Styles will file legislation with the Metro Council to approve the purchase of the two properties: $24 million for the 650,000 square foot mall and $20 million for a 160,000 square foot offices on the east side of the mall. .
The once booming mall in Southeast Nashville has remained largely empty after a series of attempts to reinvent the vacant property.
It recently reopened in 2013 as Global Mall at the Crossings. VUMC, if negotiations are successful, would join the Global Mall’s current tenants, including Nashville State Community College, the Nashville Predators’ Ford Ice Center, the Southeast Community Center and the Southeast Branch of the Nashville Public Library.
The planned partnership with VUMC is the first phase of the project, increasing the region’s access to health care and related jobs.
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VUMC would pay for remodeling and new construction, according to a VUMC press release. Metro will repair the site access roads and perimeter road. The cost and timing of these road repairs have not yet been announced.
Metro anticipates that the property could eventually include space for childcare, an art installation, after-school youth programs, small business development opportunities, and Metro offices and services. These needs and services would be dictated by community members participating in surveys and public meetings during the second phase of the project.
“After so many years of the mall sitting vacant, we are finally able to move forward with its new future for the community,” Styles said in the statement. “I am grateful that Vanderbilt has recognized Antioch as a critical investment in community health care. I am also thrilled that with the purchase of the mall, we can now have a permanent arts space, an Antioch Performing Arts Center , to bring the arts to Antioch. .”
Upcoming surveys and public meetings will be based on more than 500 survey responses already collected from residents of Antioch, according to the statement.
Clay Haynes, sustainable real estate developer and managing partner of One Public Square, helped Cooper and Styles identify ways to make better use of the site for residents. The city will also work with the Joe C. Davis Foundation – a local nonprofit that supports organizations working in education, health and social services – to turn the shopping complex into a community asset.
Cooper hailed the plan as an investment “in one of our fastest growing neighborhoods” in the release. “It will pay significant dividends for our city and Southeast Nashville in particular,” he said.
The announcement follows a series of recent projects and investments in southeast Nashville. A new city park is slated for construction near Tusculum Road, and the city plans to build a new police station in the area.
The Nashville Predators opened the Ford Ice Center on the site of the old mall in 2014, and the new branch library and community center opened soon after.
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Expanding Access to Health Care for a Growing Community
Southeast Nashville has seen drastic population growth over the past decade and is home to one of the highest percentages of minority residents in the county.
The 37013 ZIP code in Antioch also has one of the lowest rates of adults in Davidson County having a routine health checkup, according to the VUMC Office of Health Equity. Antioch was among county areas with the highest COVID-19 rates during the pandemic.
The establishment of outpatient clinics in the Antioch region will help meet the critical health needs of residents, VUMC said in a press release. The healthcare provider served approximately 159,000 patients living in southeast Davidson County in 2021.
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VUMC plans to leverage its existing interpreter services to facilitate care and health education in the area, where English-speaking households are more limited than in other parts of the county.
VUMC currently provides behavioral health services to students through a school-based therapist at Cole Elementary and Eagle View Elementary through Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital. The healthcare provider partners with Nashville State healthcare career development programs.
The plan for the Global Mall at the Crossings will reflect VUMC’s 2009 conversion of One Hundred Oaks – Nashville’s first mall – into a 440,000 square foot multi-specialty clinic in Berry Hill. The outpatient clinic is in its 13th year of operation.
“We are excited about the potential for this property to become a focal point for the surrounding community while providing VUMC with the opportunity to strengthen our presence in a dynamic and growing neighborhood in Metro Nashville,” said C. Wright, Deputy CEO of VUMC and Director of Health System. Pinson said in a statement, “The redevelopment of Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks has transformed our healthcare system and gives us the experience needed to make this new project a success.”
Metro’s purchase plan follows years of unrealized opportunities
The future of the former Hickory Hollow Mall has posed a 1.1 million square foot question to city leaders, investors and area residents for more than a decade.
Hickory Hollow Mall was the largest mall in Tennessee when construction began in 1976. By the 1980s, the mall was booming with specialty shops and major retailers such as JC Penney and Dillard’s.
But its success faded during the economic downturn of 2008, and by 2012 almost all of its tenants had disappeared.
The enclosed mall reopened in 2013 as Global Mall at the Crossings, aiming to showcase immigrant and minority-owned businesses, but the concept failed to generate enough revenue to continue.
Developer Ben Freeland’s 2019 plan to turn the mall into an “innovation district” with workspaces for tech companies and startups ultimately fell through.
Cole Villena and Sandy Mazza contributed.
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