Grand Opening for New Location in Columbia

Nashville, Tenn. – One of Maury County’s prime commercial locations has its first tenant. Crye-Leike, Realtors’ branch office in Columbia, Tenn. has moved into a new company-owned business park at 1118 Nashville Highway in north Columbia.

“At Crye-Leike Plaza, we are front and center with greater visibility,” said Colene Dooley, branch manager. “The area in which our new office is located has the highest traffic count in Columbia.”

Average daily traffic counts from the 2000 Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Columbia city map show 31,170 at U.S. Highway 31, north of 412 and south of Baker Road. James Campbell Blvd. at Shady Brook Mall placed the second highest with 30,220.

The new facility was built to accommodate 58 Crye-Leike sales associates who are serving Maury, Hickman, Lewis, Lawrence, Giles and Marshall counties.

The grand opening for Crye-Leike’s Columbia branch office, scheduled for Wed., July 11, 2001 at 9:30 a.m., will reveal its “smart” technology facility, “by far the most sophisticated high tech real estate space in southern Middle Tennessee,” said Dooley.

“Every working space in our new building is designed to accommodate the needs of our independent agents who are tech savvy,” continued Dooley. “Each work space has computer accessibility to the Internet. Agents can bring their own personal computers or Palm Pilots, or utilize the firm’s own personal computers.  A network card allows the agent’s personal computer ‘to blend with the Crye-Leike network,’ interacting with the company’s Intranet and Internet.

“With our additional marketing programs like Virtual Agent, Smartline, our Sales Automation Toolkit and Home-Link, our agents are equipped with leading edge technology for the real estate industry,” said Dooley.

“Many have said that our new office location is a progressive move for the Maury County area,” said Tom Kimbrough, vice president and general manager of Crye-Leike of Nashville Inc. “We feel that with the increase of population growth in South Middle Tennessee, we need to provide the latest in technology and marketing tools to better serve our clients.”

Crye-Leike’s Columbia branch office will be the primary tenant in Building I of the business park, utilizing 6,760 sq. ft. of a 10,000 sq. ft building. Building II is 19,000 sq. ft. These one-story retail office buildings rest on four acres of a 11.68 acre business park developed by Harold E. Crye, chief executive officer of Crye-Leike, under his development corporation for residential and commercial development, SunSouth, LLC.  The remaining 6.50 acres are reserved for future development or build to suit, notes Crye.

Crye-Leike is seeking retail sized users who would utilize 1,500 to 19,000 sq. ft. “We will offer turn-key improvements to deliver the space for each tenant,” said Keith Rosenblum, president of Crye-Leike Commercial & Property Management in Brentwood. A restaurant user recently purchased the outer .98 acre parcel, located in the front portion of the site.

“Developing the four-acre project is valued at close to $3 million, including land and construction costs, but excludes the development of the remaining 6.50 acres of investment property,” said Rosenblum.

Century Construction Company, Inc. in Franklin, Tenn. served as the general contractor. James D. Webb & Associates in Columbia, Tenn. was the civil engineer. Site work was by Smith Trucking & Excavating Co., Inc. Architect was Joe Gooch of Memphis, Tenn. with interior design by Jack Rainey of Rainey Contract Design in Memphis, Tenn.  Lender for the project was National Bank of Commerce, headquartered in Memphis, Tenn.

Crye-Leike (www.crye-leike.com), the nation’s 13th largest real estate company and the largest serving Tennessee and the Mid-South, has 20 branch and franchise offices in nine counties in Middle Tennessee: Davidson, Maury, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Wilson and Williamson counties, with its commercial and property management divisions located in Brentwood.