As groundbreaking looms, Mayor touts ballpark excitement - WKRN News 2

As groundbreaking looms, Mayor touts ballpark excitement

Posted: Updated: Jan 18, 2014 10:14 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Two days after announcing the January 27 groundbreaking for the new Nashville Sounds ballpark in north Nashville, Mayor Karl Dean updated the project.

The new update will be one of the signature developments of Haslam's two terms in office.

"We want to see it move forward as fast as possible," said the Mayor after watching a new conflict resolution program for Metro 8th graders at Wright Middle School.

While the ballpark site, bordering the BiCentennial Mall, looks virtually unchanged since the project was approved last month, Mayor Dean said there has they have been testing the soil to determine if any environmental cleanup is necessary.

He also said work continues on the design, along with contracts being set in place for the project.

"In going around the city, I hear people are really excited about this project.  People are excited about what it means for north Nashville, excited what it means for Jefferson Street and excited about having baseball back where it's historically played, and what it's going to mean for downtown Nashville," Dean told News 2.

The stadium is part of an overall $150 million public and private project set to include retail and residential development around the north Nashville site.

Embrey Development out of Texas is expected to begin its part of project on one side of the ballpark, while the Nashville Sounds owners have committed to a $50 million retail and residential development on the other side of the stadium.

The Sounds design team added the organization is focused on the ballpark right now, with plans for the development soon to follow.

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