Tour De Nash

Saturday, May 16th

oneC1TY and 700+ cyclists braved the wet Nashville weather and participated in Nashville’s 11th annual Tour De Nash. Nashville’s largest urban bike ride, Tour De Nash encourages people to explore Nashville’s best bikeways and roads by bicycle. The tour included three routes: the Family Ride (8.6 miles), the Gran Tour (31 miles) and the Metric Century (59 miles) and finished at Morgan Park in Germantown.

Along the Gran Tour and the Metric Century routes, oneC1TY hosted a rest stop complete with healthy snacks, bicycle maintenance provided by Gran Fondo, and live music by local DJ AyDamn.

Gran Fondo Bike Stop

DJ AyDamn

Despite the weather, cyclists of all ages and levels peddled through the rain making Tour De Nash a truly successful afternoon – Congrats to all who crossed the finish line!

Tour De Nash - Start Line

Tour De Nash - Finish Line

Expo Collaborators To Feed The Planet

Written by Dr. Scott T. Massey, Guest Contributor
Diplomatic Courier
May 11, 2015

In 2012, Global Action Platform conducted the first global summit to frame issues for the agenda of ExpoMilano2015. Opening with an assessment of food issues from the World Bank, the inaugural program examined food production, climate, logistics, nutrition/diet, the culture of food, and ended with a keynote from Thomas Friedman of the New York Times. The global dialogue on food launched at the Summit in 2012 has continued annually since then and has now become an ongoing collaboration to build scalable, sustainable solutions for abundant food, health, and prosperity.

This year, in 2015, Global Action Platform expands its work related to feeding the planet through support of the new Sustainable Development Goals and the launch of an urban development campus to serve as a center of innovation and best practices.

Global Action Platform is a university-business alliance working on global food, health, and economic issues. From its headquarters as the global think tank and trusted convener for oneC1TY, a twenty-acre innovation park in Nashville, Tennessee, Global Action Platform is working to find solutions for abundance. With over a million square feet of space, encompassing two hotels, a conference center, business accelerator, offices, two residential towers, a farmers’ market, restaurants, retail, and entertainment, oneC1TY is a living laboratory for nutritious food, mindful healthy living, and shared value economic development.

Urbanization and food are increasingly interconnected challenges. oneC1TY addresses the primary need of today’s global cities—to create a new infrastructure to support the human capital essential to sustainable communities and economies. The World Bank projects that 75% of the world’s population will live in urban areas in the next three decades. Cities that design to empower their people will thrive; those that do not will struggle and decay. oneC1TY is designed to respond to this urban challenge and opportunity. At oneC1TY—Nashville, and its future locations around the world, the resources needed by today’s creative class are hyper-connected in a community dedicated to innovation.

Read the full story as published by the Diplomatic Courier.

New site plan released for oneC1TY

Nasvhille Post - New site plan released for oneC1TY

Published February 5, 2015 by William Williams

Cambridge Holdings Inc. has released a new site plan image for its under-construction oneC1TY.

Ryan Doyle, oneC1TY’s general manager, said the building footprint with the updated image looks larger than the footprint of the previous rendering due to the inclusion of an underground parking deck. The above-grade footprint is about the same, he added.

“We are close to announcing our food and beverage for the ground floor of the first building,” Doyle said. “They will be a dynamic mix of amenities spilling onto our Community Table and Yard this fall.”

Doyle said the weather has slowed a bit the completion of the mixed-use development’s internal streets, but the streets are “will welcome visitors deeper into the site in time for sand volleyball leagues to begin within C1TYBLOX in late March,” he added.

oneC1TY will be located at the southwest corner of the intersection of Charlotte Avenue and the 28th/31st Avenue Connector. Read more about the development here and C1TYBLOX here.
Here’s the updated site plan:

And the previous iteration of the plan:


Here’s a photo of the under-construction office building that will house Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance.


Cambridge announces residences at oneC1TY

oneC1TY targets spring start for apartment tower

Multi-building project’s first residential structure could rise 15 stories
Published December 17, 2014 by William Williams, Nashville Post.

oneC1TY developer Cambridge Holdings Inc. is targeting a spring start for what will be the multi-structure mixed-used project’s first residential building.

Dallas-based Cambridge created Nashcam LP to undertake the health care and technology focused multi-phased development (stylized as oneC1TY), located at the southwest corner of the intersection of the 28th/31st Avenues Connector and Charlotte Avenue.

Recently, the company submitted to the Metro Planning Department a request for final site plan approval for a 2.81-acre portion of the oneC1TY Specific Plan District (on a segment of property located at 7 City Place and on the west side of 28th Avenue) to permit a 311-unit apartment building. Planning staff is reviewing the submission.

Ryan Doyle, oneC1TY general manager, said the building will rise between 12 and 15 stories, making it one of Nashville’s tallest structures located west of Centennial Park. The specific plan in place for the overall site allows for a 15-floor building.

“We’re still working through the vertical design part of the building,” Doyle said, adding that a detailed rendering could be ready in early January. Dallas-based WDG (see the firm’s work here) is designing the tower.

Of note, Cambridge, which currently has an office building and retail spaces being constructed on the 18.7-acre site, will not bring on a development partner for the residential building.

Doyle said the apartment tower will help Cambridge further foster “a community that will support the health-tech eco-system we’re trying to create and accelerate in Nashville.”

As to the retail component of oneC1TY, Cambridge is using former shipping containers to house the shops (read more here).

Doyle declined to note specific retailers but said the “food and bike culture will be a big part.”

“We continue to work with Metro on permitting each retail tenant so that we can open as soon possible,” he said.

Brentwood-based JE Dunn Construction is the general contractor, with Nashville-based Civil Site Design Group handling engineering and land planning chores.

This recently taken Aerial Innovations photo — with I-440 seen in the upper portion and the connector in the lower left corner — shows a oneC1TY office building under construction.

Nashville Soon to Get The First Shipping Container Retail Center

By Christine Walsh for Jetson Green Nov. 28, 2014

Cambridge Holdings Inc. in collaboration with One City recently announced that they would soon begin the construction of a mixed-use building, which will be built out of recycled shipping containers. This will be the first cargotecture building in Nashville, and the actual construction will be done by the Carter Group.

The structure will be called C1TYblox, and it will be constructed out of 21 repurposed 40-foot shipping containers. These will be provided by the New York-based SG Blocks, which will also pre-fabricate them for assembly on the building site.The main function of the structure will be providing a small retail district with a special focus on food, fitness and providing spaces for events.

C1TYblox will be located on oneC1TY Nashville’s 19-acre campus at Charlotte Avenue and the 28th/31st Avenue Connector and will span more than 12,000 square feet. Carter Group is currently still waiting for a building permit for C1TYblox, but they are hopeful that the structure will be completed by the end of 2014.

C1TYblox will consist of ample outdoor space, which can be used for a variety of purposes, as well as several restaurants and fitness-oriented service businesses. Local business owners will be especially welcome at C1TYblox, which is all part of the overall business model of the complex, which revolves around speed and sustainability. This is also the primary reason why they decided to use shipping containers to construct C1TYblox, since it allows for speedy construction, while building using shipping containers is also sustainable and environmentally friendly.

There is as yet little information available as to what the final structure will look like, but from the digital render it appears it will be a one story complex. It also appears that the shipping containers will not be altered greatly in order to construct C1TYblox. This would be in keeping with the builders’ wish to celebrated cargotecture and make more people aware of the possibilities it offers.

Global Action Summit aims to fight hunger, disease

NASHVILLE — Ask Scott Massey what he is working on these days and he will share a tall agenda: creating abundant food, health and economic prosperity for everyone in the world.

Fortunately, he is not tackling these lofty goals alone. Massey leads a business and university alliance called the Cumberland Center, focused on developing meaningful solutions to large-scale problems related to these areas through its Global Action Platform. Instead of looking to the world of non-profits and governments, the Cumberland Center is turning to the source of the most capital — the private sector.

“To achieve sustainable, scalable solutions, it’s really going to require business models,” Massey said. “We are going to find ways to engage the business sector in sustainable business practices that are profitable to them but that help us address issues.”

Read the full story as reported by USA Today

C1TYblox will feature food, fitness and event spaces

Published August 1, 2014 in the Nashville Post by William Williams

Cambridge Holdings Inc. announced today its OneC1TY health care and technology-focused mixed-use project under construction on Nashville’s west side will feature retail spaces made of repurposed shipping containers — the first of its kind in the city.

To be called C1TYblox, the collection of 21 repurposed shipping containers will be assembled and arranged to create a mini retail district spotlighting food, fitness and event spaces, according to Ryan Doyle, general manager for One City (stylized as oneC1TY). To date, Nashville’s retail space offered via retrofitted shipping containers has been more limited in scope: for example, the restaurant space in The 404 Hotel and Kitchen in The Gulch.

Doyle said he is hopeful the Metro Codes Administration Department will issue a permit early next week to allow for the construction of the one-acre food, fitness and event village on oneC1TY Nashville’s 19-acre campus, to be located at Charlotte Avenue and the 28th/31st Avenue Connector. The Carter Group will serve as general contractor, with an end-of-year completion date targeted. C1TYblox is expected to be operational up until the final phase of the multi-building oneC1TY master plan is completed within the next few years, Doyle said.

“C1TYblox will serve an important role as an accelerator and business incubator while we continue to develop the permanent oneC1TY community around it,” Doyle said. “It will allow us to bring in companies and services that share our mindful living philosophy, and it will play a key role in providing amenities to oneC1TY tenants, residents, visitors and the surrounding neighborhoods.”

Avo, a natural foods-oriented eatery that will offer a plant-based menu, is the first announced tenant for C1TYblox (read more here).

C1TYblox will face the soon-to-be constructed C1TY Boulevard and will feature parking immediately off Charlotte Avenue. Construction of oneC1TY’s infrastructure, green spaces, outdoor amenities and first office building began in late 2013.

C1TYblox will include a mix of programmable outdoor space, restaurants and fitness-oriented service businesses (with an emphasis on local ownership). Doyle said the use of shipping containers will allow Cambridge to provide services at oneC1TY far sooner than it could with conventional construction. It also will complement Cambridge’s and oneC1TY’s commitment to environmentally sensitive development, he added.

New York-based SG Blocks will manufacture the pre-fabricated containers, with delivery to the site set for this fall.

“Our business model revolves around speed and sustainability, and we know that oneC1TY and the community will greatly benefit from and enjoy these spaces,” said Paul Galvin, SG Blocks chairman and CEO. “We are disrupting the traditional real estate model by helping developers make use of their properties more quickly and efficiently. C1TYblox will serve as a great accelerator for the larger development of oneC1TY.”

Doyle said he has observed the useful application of reused shipping containers during his travels. For example, he said devastated natural disaster areas in New Zealand have become retail destinations, density and traffic have been generated in redeveloping neighborhoods in London, and pop-up music venues have been created in public spaces throughout Melbourne.

“Now we are bringing our version of this strategy to Nashville as the building blocks for incubating business, fitness and food concepts within the oneC1TY community,” Doyle said.

Gary Gaston, design director at the Nashville Civic Design Center, called the move “innovative.”

“It’s just an ingenious way to activate the site while all the work is happening,” Gaston said. “It will add a lot of energy to the site.”

The completion of C1TYblox by year’s end will come approximately 10 months before the first permanent building, which will rise four stories and span approximately 125,000 square feet, is completed on the oneC1TY campus.

When oneC1TY is fully developed, the mixed-use urban node will be home to companies representing the health care, life sciences and technology sectors of the global economy, comprising more than 1 million square feet of Class A research/office, retail, residential and green spaces.

C1TY BLOX (click to enlarge)

First building underway at oneC1TY

by Adam Sichko in The Nashville Business Journal


Construction is set to begin on the first piece of the health-centered oneC1TY development in Nashville — which has the potential to be a spark-plug of Charlotte Avenue’s revival.

Metro government has granted JE Dunn Construction Co. a $28.7 million permit to build a four-story medical office building. A parking garage with 450 spaces will sit underneath the building.

Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance will anchor the building, occupying half of its 120,000 square feet of office space. General manager Ryan Doyle said he’s close to signing two additional tenants that will each take up to 10,000 square feet.

Click here to read the full story published in the Nashville Business Journal

Why Fareed Zakaria is partnering with Nashville’s Global Action Platform

At last November’s Global Action Summit, an annual program held by the Nashville-based Global Action Platform, columnist, author and TV host Fareed Zakaria delivered a keynote address. In the future, Summit attendees will get more than just a keynote address from Zakaria, though; he’s announced plans to serve as the moderator of the summit as part of an ongoing leadership role with the Global Action Platform.

“We were delighted to have Fareed last year as our closing keynote speaker at the summit,” said Scott Massey, chairman and CEO of the Global Action Platform….

Read the full story from the Nashville Business Journal

Music city Nashville has hopes of becoming technology town

By Jill Martin
Nashville, Tennessee

Music city might need a new nickname now that it has started playing a new tune – technology town.

Nashville, Tennessee, the home of country music, has become a haven for small and medium-sized technology companies.

Now entrepreneurs in the sector just need to convince more locals to stay and coax talent from elsewhere in the US to relocate to help fill hundreds of job vacancies.

For while the US unemployment rate currently stands at 6.7%, Nashville’s technology sector has as many as 1,000 jobs unfilled at any given time, according to the city’s chamber of commerce.

It means Nashville is increasingly grabbing the attention of the US tech community, with internet giant Google choosing Nashville as the location for one of its seven new regional tech hubs last autumn

Follow this link to read the full story as published by the BBC.