Marriott Hotel and Office Tower Planned on Former UMPH Site

Photo submission courtesy of The Tennessean

Photo submission courtesy of The Tennessean

We have been reporting on the sale of the United Methodist Publishing House site for over a year now.

According the the Tennessean, reported today, the new owners plan to break ground in the summer of 2017 on a 35 story office building. Speculation plans had been that condos would be built in place of the former UMPH building.

A 35-story JW Marriott Hotel with up to 600 rooms and a 400,000-square-foot office tower will be built on the 3.7-acre United Methodist Publishing House headquarters site across from the Music City Center.

Aventura, Fla.-based Turnberry Associates, which owns the Union Station and Hilton Nashville Downtown hotels, expects to break grounds on the $350 million project in the summer. Opening is scheduled for late 2017.

The publishing house began in Nashville in 1864 as part of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. After the merger in 1968 it became the United Methodist Publishing House. The current residence for the publishing house has been in existence on the corner of 8th Avenue and Demonbreun Street since 1957.

In the last two years Nashville opened their massive convention center, The Music City Center, across the street from the property which prompted investor opportunities.

The United Methodist Publishing House is still utilizing their current location. The UMPH has purchased a 125,000 square foot office space property in the MetroCenter section of Nashville approximately 4 miles from their current location.

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