GBT Realty Unveils Plans for Nashville Office Tower

Strategically located former Firestone site at 1221 Broadway to be transformed into a striking Class A tower; with street level retail, project will further enliven and connect Nashville’s top urban district.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After purchasing the former Firestone site at 1221 Broadway in Nashville’s Gulch neighborhood in late 2018, GBT Realty Corporation, a leading national commercial development and investment company headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn., unveils its plans for a strikingly designed, luxury redefining, Class A office tower.

“We’ve designed this tower to be a stunning addition to the skyline that will redefine the Broadway gateway entering downtown Nashville,” states George Tomlin, president and CEO of GBT Realty.  “1221 Broadway will be a premiere corporate address in Nashville. Being in the Gulch, it will offer workers immediate walkability to apartments, restaurants, entertainment and grocery. With a Broadway address, the site also has quick connectivity to the center of downtown, out of downtown, and onto I-40 and I-65.”

Added Tomlin, “Market reception to the luxury quality of the project along with its strategic location has been extremely enthusiastic.”

In addition to the Firestone site, GBT has a neighboring site under contract that would bring the project footprint total to 0.77 acres. As GBT addresses the needs of potential tenants, total rentable square footage of the final design will fall between 365,000 and 500,000 sq. ft. Coinciding with the square footage, the building’s height will be between 23 and 27 stories. At the ground level, GBT will lease approximately 7,000 sq. ft. of retail, which will bring further connectivity and street activation throughout the urban district. 

The project falls within the Downtown Code and will seek to earn bonus height by delivering elements like street activation and exceptional design. It is tentatively expected to be delivered in 2022.

Gresham Smith & Partners will lead the architect and design team while Brasfield & Gorrie is the general contractor.  CBRE brokers Taylor Hillenmeyer, Janelle Gallagher, Frank Thomasson and Byran Fort will market the site.

From its Nashville-area headquarters, GBT Realty has collected a deep bench of development industry talent as it executes diversified projects across the country. Its previous work in its hometown includes Village 21 at Regions Park, a luxury mixed-use project designed to blend seamlessly into the Hillsboro Village town center.


About GBT Realty Corporation 

Founded in 1987, GBT Realty Corporation develops virtually all types of retail and mixed-use developments throughout the United States from its headquarters in Brentwood, Tennessee, a suburban Nashville community.  Since inception, GBT has been involved with the development, construction, leasing and management of over $7 billion of real estate totaling 37 million square feet of grocery-anchored, neighborhood and single-tenant retail; regional power centers; and mixed-use developments in 27 states.  The team’s combined decades of experience with local, regional and national tenants includes such names as Academy Sports + Outdoors, Target, Hobby Lobby, Sprouts Farmers Markets, Publix Supermarkets, Walgreens, Kroger, Dollar General, Ross Dress for Less, Kohl’s, Bed Bath and Beyond, T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, PetSmart and Old Navy.  Currently, the company has over $1 billion of commercial assets totaling five million square feet in the pipeline or under construction by its shopping center, net lease, capital holdings and diversified development divisions.  For more information visit