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Midtown Recording Studio Site Considers Mixed-Use Tower | Development

A Midtown property housing the OmniSound Studios recording facility — and once owned by late country and western singer Marty Robbins — is on the prowl for a mixed-use tower.

According to a document filed with the Metro Water Services Department, Boca Raton-based Waypoint Residential is apparently considering a building that offers both residential and office space. The document notes 143 one-bedroom units, 77 two-bedroom residences and 14,000 square feet of retail space.

The document does not offer a number of floors or if a parking garage could be part of the potential future project.

The property of two plots has addresses of 1806 and 1808 Division St. and covers 0.34 acres. It houses two one-story modernist buildings.

Waypoint Residential officials could not be reached for comment. The company is primarily focused on the development and ownership of suburban garden-style apartments, with its website showcasing a portfolio of over 100 properties. Waypoint apparently does not own any properties in Nashville, although it bought and sold The Point in Waterford Crossing in 2014 and 2016, respectively.

Sounds Perfect LLC owns the property, having acquired it for $700,000 in 2007, according to Metro records. The LLC is affiliated with Texas-based Sue Caperton and Steve Caperton, who also own the OmniSound Studios business, according to state documents.

OmniSound Studios began operations in 1986 and has been involved with albums by Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Kenny Chesney, among others, according to its website.

Robbins, a multi-instrumentalist who acquired the property in 1978 for $105,000, according to Metro records, recorded 52 studio albums and had 100 singles. During her career, Robbins ranked 17 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. He died in 1982 of heart complications.

The Capertons initially put the property up for sale for $4.25 million, as the To post reported in October 2019. It remains unclear if the owner will move the studio once the property sells.

The 1806-1808 Division site is zoned to allow a mixed-use building up to 15 stories or a maximum of 20 stories if music-related uses are incorporated through the Metro Planning Department’s Music Row vision plan .

Over the years, smaller OmniSound buildings have been swallowed up by taller structures, including those housing Embassy Suites, Bristol on Broadway, and the under-construction Kenect Nashville.

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