Commune taps Nashville as next location for Thompson brand

Nashville will be the next destination for Commune Hotels & Resorts' Thompson brand. The hotel will be developed by MarketStreet Enterprises, the Master Developer of Music City's The Gulch neighborhood, along with AJ Capital Partners and The Berger Company. The 224-room Thompson Nashville is expected to open in Summer 2016, in The Gulch, described as "a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood that is swiftly becoming one of Nashville's most coveted urban destinations boasting more than 50 restaurants, retail stores and entertainment venues." The Gulch development plan was launched 15 years ago by MarketStreet Enterprises.

The hotel will rise 12 stories above the intersection of 11th and 12th Avenues and include an indoor-outdoor rooftop.

Architectural design is being led by Nashville-based Hastings Architecture Associates, LLC. New York City-based Parts and Labor Design will be in charge of interior work. Site work for the project is anticipated to begin in early 2015.

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Earlier this month, Commune also annnounced a Seattle Thompson property, scheduled to also open in 2016.

"The Gulch is the perfect location for a Thompson Hotel – a brand that respects the unique character of its environment – as it sits within close proximity to Nashville's premier destinations and will become another marquee amenity for the home-grown urban neighborhood," said Jay Turner, MD, MarketStreet Enterprises.

"Nashville is a wonderful city and The Gulch is one of the most dynamic and interesting neighborhoods anywhere. The industrial heritage, growing collection of boutique retailers and entertainment venues, and high-end urban residences provides an environment perfect for a truly special hotel—one that is committed to immersing itself into its surroundings," said Ben Weprin, CEO, AJ Capital Partners. "Nashville has evolved tremendously from when I lived there. We are proud to be developing a hotel that reflects today's Nashville and are excited to be working with such wonderful partners to create something special for locals and visitors alike."

"We view a hotel development in the vibrant Gulch neighborhood as a very exciting opportunity," said Brandon Berger, Principal, The Berger Company. "Nashville has emerged as one of the most attractive markets in the country, and the location and timing of this particular project allows for a truly first rate hotel in this incredible city."

"Nashville is a booming city by various economic standards, including employment, construction and the influx of young professionals, but it's the culture and atmosphere developing in The Gulch that led us all to believe that Thompson Hotels was the right fit for the neighborhood," said Niki Leondakis, CEO, Commune Hotels & Resorts. "We're honored that ownership chose Thompson Hotels, and for the opportunity for our hotel to sit so prominently on this iconic block within The Gulch."