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Rocketown will move to accommodate convention center

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Plans for Nashville's new convention center continue to move forward and the city is in negotiations with almost a dozen businesses that will have to move.

Rocketown is one of them.

The youth entertainment center will have to move to make way for a new road that will anchor the massive center.

Audra Davis with Rocketown said a downtown location is very important.

"[The kids] come from all over Nashville.  Walking after school, riding the Metro bus also... Being downtown is very important to us," she said.

The final design of the new convention center must still be approved but under the current plans, it would sit in the area bordered by 5th Avenue South and 8th Avenue, Demonbreun Street and Franklin Street.

Kristen Heggie, project coordinator with the Metro Development and Housing Agency, said talks with area businesses are going smoothly.

"We keep up to date with them and we keep them informed and we find that's usually a smooth process," she said.

Rocketown has started looking for a new home, and time will tell just how smoothly the process will go.

The facility is the vision of gospel entertainer Michael W. Smith for inner city youth.

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