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Final designs unveiled for new hotel

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville Mayor Karl Dean Thursday evening, along with officials from Omni Hotels and Resorts unveiled artist renderings of the new Nashville Omni Hotel, to be built downtown next to the city's new convention center.

The hotel will be the headquarters hotel for the Music City Center, which is expected to open in 2013.

"For anyone visiting Nashville who is a fan of music this will be the hotel to stay in," Dean said.  "When this complex is completed we will have here in Nashville the best, the most attractive, the most appealing headquarters convention hotel in the United States."

The 21-story hotel is expected to cost $250 million and will be built using private funds.

The hotel will feature 800 rooms, entertainment space, restaurants and retail venues, and stretch to Korean Veterans Boulevard between 4th and 5th avenues.

A pedestrian crossing above 5th Avenue South will connect the hotel to the Music City Center.

"The integration of the hotel and museum will create a convention center headquarters hotel unlike any other in the country," Dean said.

The project will also include a 200,000 square feet expansion of the Country Music Hall of Fame.  The hotel will connect to the museum on three levels.

"The project has already generated much excitement among meeting planners and groups thinking about coming to Nashville and having their activities in new state of the art facilities," Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Development for Omni Hotels and Resorts Mike Garcia said.

He added, "We do not just build hotels we are building destinations."

Designs for the expanded Country Music Hall of Fame are still not finalized, but the museum is already expecting to have more exhibition space and a theatre.

"We have a huge collection of which only 10% to15% is on display at anytime, so certainly more exhibition space would allow us to do more exhibitions," Executive Director of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Kyle Young said.

He continued, "I am happy we can build on our success we are the most visited music museum in the country."

The project will also be a boost for the local economy.

Omni has committed to spend at least 20% of its construction budget with local businesses.  The construction will also include 20% diversity business participation.  Businesses owned by minorities and women are considered diversity businesses.

Once the hotel opens, it is expected to generate 300 full-time jobs, with 200 of those guaranteed for Davidson County residents.

"It creates jobs, it pumps money in to the economy, it creates opportunities for people looking for jobs," Mayor Dean said.

Omni Hotels expects to break ground on the project in June.

Construction is scheduled to be complete in 2013, shortly after the Music City Center opens.

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