East Nashville Ray of Hope Church Sells for $3 Million

Belle Meade Winery expansion, boutique hotel, townhomes and restaurant being explored for property at Meridian and Cleveland streets.

A partnership that includes real estate investors/developers Ed Cooper and John Rochford has paid $3 million for 3.07 acres in East Nashville, including the historic McGavock House.

“We’re just exploring our options,” said Cooper, who has invested in various projects along with the namesake president of Rochford Realty and Construction Co.

Earlier this year, Rochford told The Tennessean that possibilities for the vacant historic home at 908 Meridian St. included an expansion of the Belle Meade Winery, which is at the Belle Meade Plantation property on Harding Pike in Belle Meade. He said the McGavock House, which made preservation group Historic Nashville Inc.’s 2011 Nashville Nine list of the city’s most endangered historic places, will be preserved.

The overall purchase by the Cooper and Rochford-led group also included the home of Ray of Hope Community Church at the northeast corner of Meridian and Cleveland streets. In addition to the McGavock House, it also included three other homes at the northwest corner of Meridian and Cleveland streets.

The planned mixed-use development will include residential and commercial uses, Rochford said.

Rochford said the grounds of the McGavock House could be used for hosting social gatherings such as music concerts and picnics. Roughly 20 townhomes and retail space are planned for the parcels with three other homes next to the McGavock House, he said.

Options such as a restaurant venue and hotel are being explored for the Ray of Hope Community Church sanctuary property at 901 Meridian St. The church is expected to relocate to southeast Nashville.

Scott Davis, the East Nashville area’s Metro councilman, said he likes the idea of a boutique hotel and the Belle Meade Winery venue and storage space because they would provide jobs and training in hospitality for neighborhood youth.“

As we’re learning in our communities in Nashville, idle hands sometimes cause negative activities, so the more idle hands that we can put to work in learning a skill in the growing hospitality industry in Nashville, the better our communities will be,” he said.

Rick Helton of Nashville-based OakPoint Real Estate handled listing of the church complex, including the McGavock House.

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