Council approves land purchase for Music City Center - WKRN News 2

Council approves land purchase for Music City Center

Posted: Updated: June 2, 2009 11:11 PM CDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Metro Council overwhelmingly passed a bill that authorizes the purchase of a portion of land south of Broadway needed for the new downtown convention center.

Council members passed the land acquisition resolution 28-6 when it went up for a third reading Tuesday night.

The proposed $635 million Music City Center would be built on 15 acres in downtown Nashville, stretching from 5th Avenue to 8th Avenue, and from Demonbreun to Korean Veteran Parkway. 

Downtown merchants, hotel employees and business leaders have long argued the convention center is needed because the city of Nashville is losing millions in tourism dollars by not having a large enough space for conventions.

The Greyhound bus station, Musician's Hall of Fame, Rockettown and Christie's Cabaret are among the businesses that will have to be relocated.

The final hurdle for the Music City Center is to approve a finance package.

The Metro Council will take up the issue later this summer.

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