Bellevue Towne Center

Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Client: Mr. Dan Huffstutter

This 7.2-acre site was the original heart of Bellevue, a suburb southwest of Nashville, for the first 100 years of its existence. In later years the town’s center shifted toward the state highways as the community expanded, causing a loss of traffic to this area. The retail stores at the site that didn’t go out of business as a result are now beginning to close as their owners reach retirement age, leaving a once-lively area largely vacant. Lose & Associates was asked to create an urban design overlay master plan using the principles of New Urbanism to recreate an attractive, thriving town center on this site.

Over a period of two years, Lose & Associates held several well-attended public meetings in Bellevue to gain input into the project and marshal support for it. This process helped gain approval from the planning commission and the city council, and today the urban design overlay is in place.

The overlay allows a mixture of uses: residential, retail and office space. To make the area a popular gathering place, the overlay specifies a pedestrian plaza with wide sidewalks and benches throughout the project. It sets architectural design standards, including guidelines for building materials, heights, setbacks, window openings and signage.