Hill Center Brentwood celebration recognizes opening and next phase with book launch, dedications and donation to the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation
Phase I opening, phase II groundbreaking and the unveiling of “Outside All Around,” a seek and find book encouraging children to learn about native Tennessee wildlife while searching the plaza for hidden animals, were all part of a celebration taking place on May 17
Brentwood, Tenn. – May 17, 2018 – H.G. Hill Realty Company’s shareholders and team members gathered alongside elected officials and tenants at Hill Center Brentwood on the afternoon of May 17 for a multifaceted celebration. Along with a ribbon cutting recognizing the mixed-use development’s phase I completion and 100 percent leasing, the company also ceremonially broke ground for phase II of the center.
Phase II plans include a 92,950 square foot, 141 room AC Hotel by Marriott. Huntsville, Ala.-based Doradus Partners will partner with H.G. Hill Realty Company on the hotel’s development and Yedla Management Company, also headquartered in Huntsville, will manage the property. Plans also include a partnership with SVMIC to build an 84,375 square foot office building that will be approximately 50 percent preleased by the company. SVMIC will be relocating from its nearby Maryland Farms location once the building is completed in early 2020. Additional plans are for two retail buildings containing 9,600 and 10,000 square feet, a two-level, 315 space parking garage and a pedestrian walkway connecting the hotel and office building to Maryland Farms Park.
“We have a lot to celebrate,” said Jimmy Granbery, chairman and CEO, H.G. Hill Realty Company. “The center has been very well received by both the business community and Brentwood residents. Phase II continues our vision of a walkable, connected mixed-use development with a variety of Class A office space alongside retail and restaurants. The addition of the AC Hotel by Marriott adds to the amenities and meets current and future tenant needs for overnight accommodations, and we are proud to add SVMIC, another excellent local business, to the center.”
Hill Center Brentwood has also earned accolades within the development community. The project recently received the People’s Choice award and the Excellence in Development award in the private sector-large project category at the Urban Land Institute Nashville District Council’s (ULI Nashville) 10th annual development awards.
As a nod to the family-owned company’s appreciation of nature and the outdoors, the event also included the unveiling of a book that ties in the bronze statues located in the plaza. Created by Stuart, Florida-based Sculptor Geoffrey Smith, the statues include a boy reading a book sitting next to the fountain and two herons within the fountain. The company, which wanted to add additional statues while also providing a creative and fun way for children to explore and learn about native Tennessee wildlife, produced “Outside All Around, A Wildlife Seek and Find.” The coloring book begins at the statue of the boy reading a book and tells the story of his love of nature and exploring the outdoors. His story takes readers along on his journey around the center’s plaza to discover six additional hidden statues.
Nashville-based children’s book illustrator Mary Reaves Uhles created the art for the book and local children’s book author and musician Layne Ihde is the author. “I was delighted to be asked to develop the narrative for the children’s book and scavenger hunt,” said Ihde. “H.G. Hill Realty Company demonstrates that it is possible to weave in nature and artistic sensibilities into man-made spaces. It was a joy to write and I encourage everyone, adults and children alike, to read the book.”
“The book turned out so well that we published a limited run of full color hardcover versions dedicated to Frances Hill Caldwell Jackson, a beloved family member that passed away last year,” said Granbery. “We are also pleased to support early childhood literacy efforts with a donation to the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation.” The Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation is a public-private partnership that works in coordination First Lady Crissy Haslam’s office and partners with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to promote early literacy throughout Tennessee. Granbery presented the $10,000 donation prior to the ceremonial ribbon cutting and groundbreaking.
Wentworth Caldwell Jr., chairman, H.G. Hill Company, shared the dedication of the book to attendees and also revealed the dedication of the herons statue to another beloved family member, Anne Parsons. A commemorative plaque is installed in her honor.
Copies of the hard cover book will be provided to the Brentwood Library and a printable version of the coloring book may be found online at hcbrentwood.wpengine.com. Restaurant tenants will also have copies.
For more than 30 years, Hill Center Brentwood has been a Williamson County shopping destination, offering a mix of local and national retailers including The Fresh Market, The Puffy Muffin, Hot Pink, Pear Tree Avenue, REI, Starbucks, Chipotle and more. H.G. Hill Realty Company, a family-owned company for six generations, added to the property’s footprint with a $220 million mixed-use development spanning 17-acres at the intersection of Franklin Road and Maryland Way. As the company’s largest project in its 120-year history, the development will consist of 600,000 square feet of office, retail, and restaurant space in 10 buildings once fully developed. Restaurants and retail stores currently open at the expanded center include Del Frisco’s Grille, Holler & Dash, Nama Sushi, Uncle Julio’s, Chopt, Alumni Hall, Core Power Yoga, The Cosmetic Market, Dress Up, Francesca’s, Sur La Table and more. The mix of restaurants, shops, office and amenities create a true town center for the city of Brentwood as well as a sense of place to be enjoyed by the entire community. Visit hcbrentwood.wpengine.com for the complete listing of tenants and for leasing information.
H.G. Hill Realty Company has been growing with Nashville since 1895. What started as a grocery store business has evolved into a privately held real estate portfolio of more than two million square feet. Ushering in a new era that began in 1993 with the sale of the grocery store operations to independent owners, the company’s mixed-use lifestyle centers may be found throughout Nashville and surrounding areas. Setting the standard for innovative design and development, the company’s flagship center, Hill Center Green Hills – and its development team – have received numerous awards and recognition for excellence in built environment/urban design, landscape design and sustainability practices. Recognition has been received by NAIOP Nashville, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Tennessee Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architecture (ASLA), Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Nashville District Council, Nashville Business Journal, Nashville Post, Metro Nashville Tree Advisory Committee, and more. For more information, visit http://www.hghill.com.
Doradus Partners is a privately held, boutique real estate development company located in Huntsville, Alabama with a satellite office in Orlando, Florida. Currently, Doradus is developing an extensive pipeline of hotels within Doradus Hospitality Fund I, L.P., a private placement fund, which was established to introduce well-branded, high-quality select service and lifestyle hotels into urban-infill or mixed-use settings in the Southeastern United States. Doradus Partners was founded by Srinath Yedla in 2016 to meet the growing demand from investors for nationally branded hotels and benefits from its affiliation with the award winning Yedla Management Company. For more information, please visit www.doraduspartners.com.
SVMIC is a medical malpractice insurance company founded by physicians in 1976. Today, the company provides malpractice insurance to more than 19,000 physicians and other healthcare providers in Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Virginia and Georgia. The 12th largest physician malpractice insurer in the U.S., SVMIC continues to be 100% owned and led by physicians. For more information, visit www.svmic.com.