Lead developer on Nashville Virgin hotel steps aside from project

David Chase, who was the lead developer of the 240-room Virgin Hotel Nashville, planned on Music Row, has stepped away from the project, saying he wants to focus on clearing his name of domestic assault charges, reports The Tennessean. Chase also resigned his post as EVP of D.F. Chase Inc., general contractor for the hotel project.

Chase is due back in court today in connection with the case involving his ex-girlfriend, whom he's accused of beating.

In a statement, Chase said he was transferring remaining duties of design, construction and financing of the planned hotel property to unidentified silent partners and D.F. Chase Inc.

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"It is not fair to D.F. Chase Inc. or my other partners to be mentioned in connection to the legal battle I have been and will be fighting in the coming days and weeks," Chase said. "I am confident I will prevail and that my innocence will be proven."

Chase is expected to retain some ownership interest in the hotel project. In its own statement, Virgin Hotels, which will operate the hotel, said it continues to work with D.F. Chase on initial design and planning with groundbreaking expected early next year.

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