You can get over Bar Marley
already. First, if the place does open I'm going to suggest you might not want to stay there too long on any given night. The place is sitting on top of a property that was once a dry cleaning business. Not one of today's slightly-less-cancerous-fumes sort of dry cleaners, but a "yes, we can get mercury out of this fur coat, ma'am!" type dry cleaner with the stuff that hasn't been legal in years. That's bad, even today.
The area around Marley
is what is affectionately known as a "brownfield" meaning it used to be an industrial zone (many of the businesses still deal with nasty chemicals or are listed as "industrial"). Marley is sitting right on top of one of the worst things you can possibly sit on: a dry cleaner's.
The owner/operator was informed by the state that he had a vapor intrusion problem, and that the state would pay for the environmental assessment. Of course, that meant that whatever they put in the report would have to be acted upon before securing permits to serve beer and food, I'm guessing... But in any event the owner blew them off and is likely looking at a six-figure assessment before he can open.
The chemicals the owner is breathing are toxic, and highly carcinogenic. I'm baffled as to why he would ignore a clear danger to his customers. In any event, you can remodel a place all you want but "found materials" won't fix leaking toxic gasses into your concrete building. That requires remediation, and that's why none of those sites have been turned into anything for mainstream customers.
We could have our equivalent of Little Five Points or East Nashville, as this area around Central and Broadway has been busting at the seams for years. "Fourth and Gill" is one of the neatest neighborhoods in our area, period. But it lacks the plethora of shopping and eateries that those other locations have. Why? We basically have a big negative space problem where nothing can ever grow unless some intrepid developers come in and sink a ton of money into (say it with me now) REMEDIATION.
So good luck to this kid and his plan to poison his patrons, but I'd really like a grown-up to wrangle that area for once.
(He misspelled Calendar on his site, by the way.)
[Note: My source must remain anonymous but he happens to be a specialist in this area and gave me info from TDEC]