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Local Retail Marketplace Wins 2020 ULI Award

Local Retail Marketplace Wins 2020 ULI Award

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Announced at last night’s award ceremony, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) selected the L&L Marketdevelopment in West Nashville for a 2020 ULI Nashville Excellence in Development Award. The project was among two other outstanding real estate development projects from around Nashville selected as winners in the small, private sector category.
L&L Market is a 55,000-square-foot retail, restaurant and office marketplace created out of a 100-year-old property that most recently housed a restaurant supply warehouse. Owner and developer Tamay Ozari commissioned Southeast Venture Design to redesign the building, Dowdle Construction Group as the general contractor and Southeast Venture brokers to handle leasing. The project’s vision was to create for Nashville an atmosphere akin to New York’s Chelsea Market or Napa’s Oxbow Market.
“I couldn’t have done this without Southeast Venture and Dowdle Construction Group. Everyone worked together cohesively – Southeast Venture did a great job with design and leasing and Dowdle handled the construction seamlessly,” said Ozari. “My vision was to turn this old building into a mall, and it turned out beautifully. I was also very picky about who would be the tenants. Thanks to Southeast Venture, I got the best tenants under one roof.”
Combining its notable history, its unique architectural elements and its location on one of Nashville’s fastest-growing corridors, L&L Market has quickly become a vibrant community of small businesses and restaurants.
“It is truly a one-of-a-kind building – its character sets it apart,” said Southeast Venture Design project architect Kevin Liegibel. “Simply being a part of this project and seeing the L&L Market transform from its previously dilapidated condition to what it is today has been a truly rewarding experience. Receiving the ULI award takes it a step further, recognizing the time and energy that all involved team members put into creating the finished product.”
Notably, this is an ongoing project for Southeast Venture Design and Dowdle Construction Group, as both have been commissioned by tenants to build out their individual retail spaces within the marketplace.
“It’s been great being part of the whole process from start to finish and seeing how this community has come to life,” said Dowdle President and Principal Glynn Dowdle. “The development as a whole turned out really well, especially considering the deteriorated building we started with, and we’re thankful to be recognized for our work on it.”
The ULI Nashville Excellence in Development Awards program celebrates the creativity and vision in land use and real estate development, which reflects exemplary design, sustainability and commitment to community, among other criteria. The awards entries were judged on criteria that support ULI’s commitment to best practices in the use of land and leadership in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.
For decades, ULI has set the standard in recognizing outstanding real estate development projects and visionaries in urban development. ULI awards programs are highly selective and prestigious, and winners and finalists benefit from wide recognition among influential leaders in real estate and urban development-related fields.
See the full list of 2020 entrants here.
Ozari owns an additional 3.5 acres of land at the back of the L&L Market lot, where he plans to build a unique mixed-use development within the next few years. It will comprise residential apartments and offices specifically suitable for tech companies.
About Dowdle Construction Group
Dowdle Construction Group is a Nashville-based general contractor specializing in both public and private sector commercial construction. For over 30 years, Dowdle has built a reputation for conducting business with integrity, honesty, and a commitment to communicating and working through the details. Dowdle’s collaborative projects have been recognized for their excellence by the Urban Land Institute Nashville, the Historical Commission of Metropolitan Nashville, the American Institute of Architects local chapter and other industry organizations. For more information visit
About Southeast Venture Design
Southeast Venture Design is a full service design company guided by a mission of “Building Value by Valuing Relationships.” Their experience in working with real estate brokers and developers has allowed the team to build a thorough market understanding and provide a unique, comprehensive design solution for each client’s needs. For more information, visit, or find Southeast Venture on Instagram.


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