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Metro looks to redevelop Nashville Convention Center

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Metro believes the Nashville Convention Center could be put to better use since the Music City Center and now up and running.

Half of the space, located at 601 Commerce Street, is being used by The Renaissance hotel, but the other half could be redeveloped.

"The Renaissance is going to take over some of the building, some of the meeting rooms.  Starting in January, it's gonna actually be managed by The Renaissance in a long term agreement we have with them because they need those meeting rooms for the hotel," said Rich Riebling, Metro Finance Director.

The extra space could be built into anything, and some ideas are already floating around.

"You could build an office tower.  You could build a residential tower.  You could build retail,
 Riebling said.

Lower Broadway is now the pulse of the city's downtown music scene, but not in the 1980s when the Nashville Convention Center was built.

Back then, Broadway was home to strip clubs and massage parlors. The convention center sits between Commerce and Broadway, but faces away from the busy road.

The re-birth of Lower Broad brought in honky-tonks, restaurants and The Bridgestone Arena, so the convention center's back door became the front porch of the city's entertainment scene.

"If you start over, you've got 2 and a half blocks of Broadway frontage," Riebling stated. "I'd personally like to see  Broadway, the entertainment district, go up another block along Broadway from the arena.  I think there's a potential advantage to kind of extend the downtown area a little more."

Nothing has been planned so far, but Metro is excepting proposals and hopes to select one by the end of next year.

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