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THE TENNESSEE TRIBUNE — Turner Construction Company’s Nashville office announced the topping out of 1200 Broadway, the luxury mixed-use high-rise in downtown Nashville. The 26-floor complex began construction in Sept. 2017 and is set for completion in December.

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By The Tennessee Tribune

NASHVILLE, TN — Turner Construction Company’s Nashville office announced the topping out of 1200 Broadway, the luxury mixed-use high-rise in downtown Nashville. The 26-floor complex began construction in Sept. 2017 and is set for completion in December.

The 860,000-square-foot complex is owned and being developed by Endeavor Real Estate Group of Austin, Texas. It occupies a prominent location across the street from the former Tennessean building, on the block bordered by Broadway on the south, 12th Avenue North on the east and George L. Davis Boulevard on the west. The site for many years was occupied by an automotive dealership – first Hippodrome Oldsmobile and most recently Nelson Mazda.

“1200 Broadway will be Nashville’s first high-rise renter-by-choice, condo-quality multifamily development. We suspect that both the residential and creative office tenants will really value having immediate access to a Whole Foods Market and their expansive selection of groceries, food stations and prepared meals. The views from 1200 Broadway to downtown, The Gulch and Vanderbilt are exceptional, and the walkability to Nashville’s best shopping, bars, restaurants and entertainment options in downtown and The Gulch is exceptional,” said Jamil Alam, Endeavor Real Estate Group’s managing principal. “Turner and the entire 1200 Broadway team are doing a great job and have been great partners to Endeavor.”

The building’s exterior will be a combination of hand-laid brick, stucco, aluminum-framed glazing and metal panels. Whole Foods Market will occupy 41,500 square feet on the ground floor of 1200 Broadway, with two levels of below-grade grocer-dedicated parking. The high-rise will also consist of an additional 5,000 square feet of retail on the ground floor and 67,000 square feet of creative office on levels 6 and 7. A six-story parking garage will offer 710 spaces, with spaces allocated for retail shoppers.

There will be 313 luxury apartments from levels 8 through 26, including studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom units and top-floor penthouses. The apartments will feature gourmet kitchens and spacious floor plans. Apartment residents will also have access to a sky lounge on level 26, as well as luxury amenities including a fitness center, an indoor-outdoor club lounge with a professional kitchen, an outdoor pool, fire pits, barbecue grills, a dog park, a dog wash and a 24/7 concierge.

Dallas firm HKS is the architect on the project. Also collaborating on the project are Brockette Davis Drake of Austin, Texas (structural engineer); Blum Consulting Engineers of Dallas (mechanical and electrical engineer); Civil Site Design Group of Nashville (civil engineer); SWA Group of Dallas (landscape architect); Cassella Interiors of Nashville (interior designer); A.R. Coleman Corp. of Canton, Georgia (owner’s construction manager); and IDIBRI of Addison, Texas (security, data and AV).

“We’re proud to be working on this prominent project in Nashville’s thriving downtown, which showcases our ability to deliver a high-quality product while overcoming logistical hurdles. We’ll continue to commit both our significant resources here in Nashville and Turner’s most experienced high-rise, multi-family experts from across the country as this project proceeds toward completion later this year,” said John Gromos, vice president and general manager of Turner Construction Company in Nashville.

Turner General Superintendent Steve Shockley and Endeavor Principal Will Marsh spoke at the topping-out ceremony, which was attended by workers and others involved with the project.

Turner is a North America-based, international construction services company. Since opening its office in the city in 1975 to construct several buildings for Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Turner Construction Company/Nashville has played a significant role in shaping Middle Tennessee’s skyline. Its Nashville resume includes such iconic buildings as Bridgestone Arena, the new Tennessee State Museum, the Hill Center Brentwood, 14 buildings on the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Campus and numerous buildings and renovations on the Saint Thomas Hospital Campus. Among current active projects are additions to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and Saint Thomas Rutherford and the construction of 1200 Broadway, Broadwest and 13th & Demonbreun. Learn more at www.turnerconstruction.com or follow Turner on Twitter at @TurnerMidSouth.

This article originally appeared in The Tennessee Tribune. 

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Karine Jean-Pierre Makes History as First Openly Gay Person to Lead White House Press Briefing

Jean-Pierre got her start in politics as an activist, and later as a political commentator for MSNBC. She was chief public affairs officer at MoveOn.org — a website that allows people to circulate petitions for progressive causes online — and worked on the Reproductive Freedom Initiative campaign at the ACLU

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Karine Jean-Pierre, who serves as White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary for the Biden administration, made history in late May, just ahead of Pride month, as the first openly gay person to lead the daily White House press briefing. Pierre, 43, was also the first Black woman to lead the briefing in 30 years. 

Jean-Pierre got her start in politics as an activist, and later as a political commentator for MSNBC. She was chief public affairs officer at MoveOn.org — a website that allows people to circulate petitions for progressive causes online — and worked on the Reproductive Freedom Initiative campaign at the ACLU. Jean-Pierre later served on presidential campaigns for former President Barack Obama and 2016 Democratic candidate Martin O’Malley. She was also senior adviser for the Biden campaign and chief of staff for Kamala Harris. Jean-Pierre was born in Martinique to Haitian parents but grew up in Queens, N.Y.

“It’s a real honor to be standing here today. I appreciate the historic nature. I really do. But I believe that…being behind this podium, being in this room, being in this building is not about one person. It’s about what we do on behalf of the American people,” said Jean-Pierre.

The first Black woman White House spokesperson was Judy Smith, who served under President George H.W. Bush, beginning in 1991. Jean-Pierre is a part of Biden’s all-female White House senior communications team of seven women — many of them women of color.

Jean-Pierre has held several press gaggles — or informal briefings on Air Force One for journalists traveling with the president. She often represents the Biden administration on cable news shows. Her briefing came as Jennifer Psaki, Biden’s current press secretary, has said that she plans to step down from her position next year. Jean-Pierre is seen as a potential replacement.

“This is not about me. This is not about any of us. And anytime I’m behind here, and I think you’ve progressive

progressive causesheard Jen say this as well — we are going to be truthful. We are going to be transparent as well,” Jean-Pierre said.

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Congresswoman Barbara Lee Commemorates 100th Anniversary of Tulsa Race Massacre

President Biden joined Congresswoman Lee and others from the Congressional Black Caucus for the public commemoration in Tulsa.

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Barbara Lee and “Uncle Red,” a Tulsa Massacre survivor, at Greenwood Cultural Center on May 31, 2021. Photo credit: Kayla Williams, Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s Office

It is the 100-year anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, and Congresswoman Barbara Lee and others are calling it “ . . . the single largest act of domestic terrorism in our nation’s history.  It is an anniversary of pain, grief, and forgottenness.”

President Biden joined Congresswoman Lee and others from the Congressional Black Caucus for the public commemoration in Tulsa.

The Post spoke to the Congresswoman via phone while she was in Tulsa on the eve of the commemoration.  She was at Vernon AME church, destroyed in 1921, where she helped in the dedication of a prayer wall.

Greenwood, aka “Black Wall Street” in 1921, was an affluent Black neighborhood in Tulsa.   “This success came with white resentment. . . . a white woman made a false rape allegation against a Black Greenwood resident, white mobs flooded to Greenwood in response,” said Lee

“White residents, police officers, Oklahoma National guardsmen, and Ku Klux Klansmen alike firebombed the Black neighborhood, destroying over 100 businesses and burning 40 city blocks to the ground,” she continued.

“By morning, Black Wall Street – the single greatest model of Black prosperity at the time – was reduced to rubble.  Over 300 Black Tulsans were murdered.  And not a single white perpetrator was arrested for their crimes that day.

“No arrests.  No convictions.  And to this day, no reparations for the 10,000 displaced residents or the $100 million in property that was lost.”

Lee also visited Greenwood Cultural Center Town Hall and met with survivors 107-year-old Mother Fletcher and 100-year-old Uncle Red.

The goals are to make sure there is never another Tulsa, but also about uncovering the stories and reparations.  Lee sees Tulsa as ground zero.

She encourages folks to support the work of “Justice for Greenwood.”

“We cannot let ourselves forget this painful history. I hope you join…in lifting up the stories of the victims and their descendants,” Lee said

H.R. 40, Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act, has moved to the floor of the house.

For more information and to donate to Greenwood, log onto JusticeForGreenwood.org.

A full photo gallery of Congresswoman Lee’s Tulsa visit can be found online with this story on postnewsgroup.com

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In a Letter to Voters, Rep. Barbara Lee Reflects on Pres. Biden’s First 100 Days

I was particularly struck seeing the Bay Area represented on the dais by Vice President Harris and Speaker Pelosi. That was the first time in history two women have held that position. It was reflective of the price women have paid to get to this point.

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Dear Friend,

     Last week marked the first 100 days of Joe Biden’s presidency. On (April 28), President Biden presented his vision for an American future that builds back better after some of our most challenging years. 

     I sat in the chamber and listened to President Biden reflect on his first 100 days, confidently reporting that we have a stronger economy, more resilient pandemic response, and a unified mission of building back better and bolder.

     I was particularly struck seeing the Bay Area represented on the dais by Vice President Harris and Speaker Pelosi. That was the first time in history two women have held that position. It was reflective of the price women have paid to get to this point. While this was a historic moment, as Vice President Harris pointed out, it is past time that it becomes “normal.”

      During his speech, President Biden discussed his recently unveiled American Families Plan (AFP). The AFP is a bold step in advancing racial equity and closing the gap in education, childcare, wealth inequality, and more. By extending provisions under the American Rescue Plan (ARP), and through programs of its own, the AFP would lift more than 10 million people out of poverty.

      I am excited to support this plan and similar efforts to improve equity in our school and childcare systems, and to combat inequality in the East Bay and across the country.

     The AFP offers an extended tax cut for families with children and American workers. This includes the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). This will work to mitigate the growing wealth inequality that we see in America and invest in low- and middle-income families who help our economy thrive.

     Additional provisions of the AFP include:

  • Making child care affordable by ensuring that families will pay no more than 7% of their income on high-quality child care
  • Creating a national comprehensive paid family and medical leave program through worker payments of up to $4,000 a month
  • Expanding school meal programs and summer EBT funds
  • Extending ACA premium tax credits that were expanded under the American Rescue Plan
  • Providing up to $1,400 in additional assistance to low-income students by increasing the Pell Grant award
  • Addressing teacher shortages and improving teacher preparation, including programs that strengthen pipelines for teachers of color

     (Last) week, we heard about some of the progress we have made in the first 100 days of the Biden-Harris administration, but we cannot let our foot off the gas. Among many challenges ahead, we need we need to address disparities in our public health system, do more to help families that are struggling through this economic crisis, dismantle structural racism, implement police reform and immigration reform and address the climate crisis. 

     We still have much work to do, but I am committed to continue fighting for you.

     As always, my office is here for you. If you need help with a federal issue, please call my Oakland office at (510) 764-0370. You can also connect with me via email, Facebook Twitter , and Instagram .

Please continue to stay healthy and safe.

Best,

Barbara Lee

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