David Smith | GCA News
A Green Hills project to provide new retail, dining and office space at the Hill Center has reached a key milestone, with the second phase of the center’s development more than half way done.
Jimmy Granbery, the chairman and CEO of H.G. Hill Realty Company. which opened the Hill Center Green Hills, in December of 2007 on the site of a former H.G. Hill Food Store, said before building the 240,000 sq. ft. mixed-use facility no one he knew had thought about adding sidewalks and livable community features to business oriented developments.
“As one of the first modern multi-use developments of its kind in the Nashville area, our vision was to create an outdoor lifestyle center with an emphasis on customer and tenant convenience, along with connectivity, pedestrian access, and outdoor comfort and green spaces,” Granbery said during a celebration to mark the center’s 10-year anniversary.
According to Granbery, the development was modeled after a tree-lined main street with a mix of traditional storefronts and masonry patterns and designed to ensure that future phases and renovations could be integrated into the landscape.
“A lot has happened in the past ten years since this project was completed.” Granbery said.
At the 10-Year Anniversary celebration on December 6, Mayor Megan Barry was in attendance and recalled being a customer at the former Trumps Salon, which once stood in the parking lot where the celebration was held at the corner of Hillsboro Circle and Bandy- wood Drive. The salon and spa is now located on 3822 Bedford Avenue.
“Just like the salon is a memory for me, these businesses at the Hill Center will continue creating memories for new residents and those of us who have been her for decades, who call Nashville home,” Barry said.
The celebration also included a presentation of a $25,000 donation from the Hill Center Realty Company to The Nash-ville Food Project.
According to Nashville Food Project Executive Director, Tallu Schuyler, the donation will support the charitable food-based non-profit in their capital campaign, which includes expansion of their service to the community over a three-year period. Development plans include a new headquarters building to be located at 5904 California Avenue that will include a pay-what-you-can cafe along with a commercial kitchen, as well as a new community farm off White Bridge Road.
Retail shops and restaurants at the center will also recognize the milestone with a long weekend of anniversary specials this weekend.