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Public shares ideas on proposed convention center

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The area is chosen and the project, for the most part, is approved, but Nashville's new convention center is still a dark square mapped out on paper. 

Thursday, the public had a chance to get in on the design.

Some local organizations said they hope the city considers them when designing the center.

"From a community perspective, we want to try to help it be a community feature, not just a tourism and conference-oriented feature," said Lucas Leverett, chairman of a local non-profit group that produces an annual event that continues to grow.

His group's last event attracted almost 4,000 people.

"It's very hard to grow in Nashville, no matter what scale you are in a large-scale event," said Leverett.

His concerns and ideas, along with others who attend the public hearing, will be considered in the design that will eventually go before the city council. 

While the firm designing the project hasn't released any plans, one part of the design is confirmed.

"Music clearly, somehow, will be reflected in the building, and it's such a special part of this city," said design team member C. Andrew McLean.

The city will hold another public hearing in four to six weeks to review a master plan which may include some of the public's suggestions.

The new convention center will be built in the area bordered by 5th Avenue South and 8th Avenue, Demonbreun Street and the proposed Gateway Boulevard.

The current convention center is located on Broadway, across from the Sommet Center.

Plans for the new convention center have has already attracted the NCAA, who is considering the city for hosting the woman's Final Four tournament in Music City.

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