NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Demolition is expected to begin Monday in downtown Nashville to make room for the new Music City Center.
It is the day Will Fischer, owner of Nashville Autohaus, has been planning for since first learning of the planned convention center three years ago.
Fischer said he is "ready to get back to a normal life" and hopes to reopen his businesses at its new location on the corner of 5th and Lafayette streets on Tuesday.
Fischer's old building was on the corner of 6th and Shirley streets and housed his repair shop from 1993 until about two weeks ago.
It sits in the convention center footprint and will eventually be demolished.
"I didn't know about the convention center when I purchased that property or all the hardships that was going with it," Fischer explained. "I've had a lesson in imminent domain in the last couple years."
Fischer said they accepted an offer from the city the day before their building was scheduled to be condemned.
"We wanted to move on with our lives, get this building and make it happen," he said.
For the last two years, he said he and his wife Susan hunted for a suitable property in the area and have spent close to $300,000 to "make this move happen."
Fisher said since they moved a few weeks ago, they haven't been able to run their business.
He said two of his employees quit because they couldn't afford to be out of work for three weeks and didn't want to wait until the move was completed.
Fischer told News 2 last year was the hardest year of his life and he and his wife even considered retirement.
"If it wasn't for the fact that we could leverage out other properties that we had to mortgage out to make the money that we needed to open up this place, we wouldn't have been able to do it," he said.
Even after all the hardships and frustrations, Fischer said they're excited to reopen in the new space saying, "It's exhausting and at the same time it's exciting for us."