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Omni to build $250M convention center hotel

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville Mayor Karl Dean announced plans Tuesday for Omni Hotels to build an 800-room, $250 million hotel adjacent to Nashville's new convention center.

The new multi-story hotel, which will feature over 80,000 square feet of meeting and event space including two ballrooms, will sit just across Fifth Avenue South, next to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

By itself, Mayor Dean said the convention center is a "homerun" for downtown and the city's tourism industry.

He added the adjacent hotel takes the convention center project from a "homerun to a championship win in terms of attendance and the number of events it's expected to host every year."

The city said the hotel's design and decor, culinary, lifestyle and retail venues will be reflective of Music City.

The hotel is expected to boast several restaurants, bars and lounges, as well as retail space, a pool, fitness center and spa.

Omni Hotels President Mike Deitemeyer said, "We look forward to working with Nashville's leaders to build upon the city's growing reputation with a new hotel, convention center and other venues which will further position Nashville as a leading destination."

Construction on the $585 Music City Center, the largest building project in the city's history, is currently underway just south of the Bridgestone Arena.

The 1.2 million-square-foot facility is scheduled to open in 2013.

The Omni Nashville Hotel is slated to open just months later.

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