NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–LifeWay Christian Resources is seeking to lease the historic Frost Building in downtown Nashville.
LifeWay vacated the building late last year in an effort to use existing office space more efficiently. The decision to lease the Frost Building was the next logical step in Christian stewardship, said Rick Robinson, LifeWay’s manager of engineering and security who helps oversee 1 million square feet of office and warehouse space the Southern Baptist entity owns downtown.
The five-story Frost building features nearly 40,000 square feet of office space and underwent extensive interior remodeling in 1992-93.
Built in 1914 as the first permanent structure of the former Baptist Sunday School Board (now LifeWay), and named for founder J.M. Frost, the building was placed on the city’s historical register in 1980.
There is precedent for leasing the building, Robinson said. Beginning in the 1950s, LifeWay leased the Frost Building to the State of Tennessee and the Nashville Metropolitan Government before reoccupying the building in 1980.
While the building is in good condition and in a prime location, LifeWay is looking cautiously at potential occupants. “Realtors working with LifeWay to lease this property know that we are looking for tenants whose business practices are consistent with LifeWay’s vision and values,” Robinson said.
Micah Carter is associate to the vice president of the executive communications and relations division of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.