Early Fall Planned for Full Update of Old Church Building at Five Points | Development

A fall start is expected for the reimagining of the tornado-damaged Five Points building that once housed a church and the YMCA of Middle Tennessee.

Located at 122 S. 11th Street., the historic East Nashville structure had its roof severely damaged in the March 2020 storm. Veteran East Side developer and property manager Mark Sanders and his wife Patti Sanders, who have lived across the street from the building for nearly 40 years old, own the property and an adjacent plot. The Sanders paid $1,575,000 million for the two properties last September, according to Metro records.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building to be restored is the centerpiece of what had been a three-building property that some called the Y-CAP (YMCA Community Action Programs) complex.

Sanders has hired East Nashville-based EOA Architects to handle architectural tasks for what will be called Ten21 at Five Points. Local construction company MCR Group is the general contractor. Also involved are EMC Structural Engineers of Nashville (Dan Borsos) and Barge Cauthen & Associates (John Gore) for the civil works.

Sanders said he spent about $300,000 on the demolition and would spend about $750,000 more to finish the structural part of the old church building.

The building was protected from further water damage about a month ago when roof stabilization was completed. Sanders is now working on rebuilding the windows and finishing the exterior brickwork.

EOA Architect, Principal and Co-Owner Tracey Ford is the lead on the project, which will include a future 6,000 square foot building to interact with the existing building and sit to its right, viewed from South 11th Street.

“I plan to sell the side of the church to a restaurant and part of the new construction that will house the kitchen,” Sanders told the To post. “We will have 4,000 to 6,000 square feet available for a restaurant. The sanctuary space will be used for restaurant seating and the bar. The ceiling height of 20 feet will make the restaurant look spectacular. There will also be an upstairs balcony in the sanctuary space. There are also two private dining rooms. There will be approximately 8,000 square feet of office and retail space in the rear portion of the building.

Sanders said the team hopes to obtain planning permission in the fall and complete the Ten21 project at Five Points by the end of 2022. It should be noted that a building adjacent to the site saw tenant BoomBozz Craft Pizza and Tap House reopen, and other storm-damaged buildings are being rehabilitated in the Five Points area.

“Our building will help complete the neighborhood and add more excitement to Five Points,” Sanders said.

The building is in District 6 of Metro Council Member Brett Withers. Withers told the To post in late 2020, he fully supports Sanders’ plan to restore the building to replicate, as closely as possible, its previous exterior appearance.

EOA designed the building’s future steeple component to provide a skeleton appearance and Ford describes this element as a “lantern”.

“The scale and detail pay homage to the unreplicated original, but the difference will be the dazzling presence it will have at night – especially after the tornado – it will be highly visible from many other vantage points in the neighborhood.

EOA undertook a similar project with the two-spired building at Madison Street United Methodist Church in Clarksville after suffering tornadoes more than two decades ago. The effect, in essence, is to pay homage to the original shape of the steeple while simultaneously giving it a contemporary feel.

As for the entire site, a modernist building (essentially a gymnasium and kitchen) located at 1011 Russell Street houses the YMCA’s community outreach programs. Sanders did not acquire this structure, and the Y apparently hopes to resume use of this building.

Additionally, a small old house once located adjacent to the historic building (and to its right, facing 11th South) had been used as staff offices for the YMCA’s Fun Company before and after school program. This building was badly damaged by the storm and was demolished. Sanders acquired this site in the October 2020 transaction and, as noted, is planning a new building for the site to be part of Ten21 at Five Points.

The rehabilitation and new construction effort looms as Sanders prepares for his upcoming Martin Corner project (read here), a mixed-use building to sit at 307 S. 11th. adjacent to the commercial structure housing, among others, The Wild Cow and Maru restaurants.

Martin Corner began to unfold in the early 2000s when Sanders and neighbor Whitney Kemper developed the northwest corner of the intersection with Building 37206, a three-story structure offering ground-floor retail. ground and two floors of condos.

Kemper moved out in the mid-2000s, with Sanders (via Martin Corner GP) continuing redevelopment efforts. The intersection and general area are now home to various commercial and multi-unit residential buildings located on the sidewalk, with a building that once housed a grocery store – which the Bill Martin family had owned in one way or another since 1963 before sell in 2019 – the isolated structure with a suburban orientation.

At one point years ago, Sanders considered trying to acquire the grocery store building site and redevelop it as part of Martin Corner. He would later abandon this effort.

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