Paying homage to a Nashville name of note and to highlight a groundbreaking ceremony, Indiana‐based Buckingham Companies announced today they will called their Vanderbilt‐area mixed‐use project Aertson Midtown.

Jan Aertson was the great‐great‐grandfather of Cornelius Vanderbilt, who founded the university next to which the mixed‐used project is underway at the intersection of 21st Avenue South, Broadway and Division Street.

Aertson (pronounced AIRT‐son) immigrated to the Americas from the Dutch village of De Bilt in 1650, according to a release. Shortly thereafter, the Aertson name was changed to Van Der Bilt (meaning “of De Bilt”), marking the beginning of the Vanderbilt family’s history of productivity, influence and philanthropy.

“Today’s groundbreaking is the culmination of the dedication, insights and responsiveness of many talented individuals,” Scott Travis, Buckingham Companies senior vice president of development, said in the release. “We have been humbled by the excitement and enthusiasm for this project, not to mention the involvement and contributions of those who know Nashville best.”

The 17‐story, 600,000‐square‐foot project (seen in the foreground of the below image) will include 350 apartments, a 180‐room full‐service Kimpton hotel, 35,000 square feet of ground‐level retail space and 630 parking spaces.

Nashville‐based Crain Construction Co. is serving as the project's general contractor. The architect is Torti Gallas and Partners, based in Washington, D.C., with Nashville‐based Littlejohn Engineering Associates as the engineering contractor.

Aertson Midtown’s various components will open in phases with the completion estimated to be late 2016.