New developments in downtown Nashville at 10-year high - WKRN News 2

New developments in downtown Nashville at 10-year high

Posted: Updated: Apr 24, 2014 07:45 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - While making your way through downtown Nashville, visitors can’t help but notice all the construction projects.

Lilien Haley works downtown and said the developments do not bother her.

“I see it as a positive thing. It means that the city is growing and getting more business. More people are coming to Nashville,” she said.

Tom Turner, the CEO of the Nashville Downtown Partnership, said downtown development is at a 10-year high.

“We're talking about four hotels, four office buildings and about eight residential projects and three big retail projects,” Turner explained.

The old Acme Feed building at 1st Avenue and Broadway is undergoing a major transformation.  It will soon be an entertainment venue with music and restaurant space.

Turner said the ground floor will be up and running by the CMA Music Festival scheduled for the first week of June.

From the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge, visitors get a clear view of several of the projects happening downtown.

Around $35 million worth of improvements are in the works on the riverfront.

City leaders said over the next few years, visitors and residents will see more music and a place to put boats.

“Not just a big boat; small boats, and a lot of places to really walk around, and really just enjoy watching the river go by,” Turner said.

He added that Nashville's new convention center helped spark downtown’s development, and exciting expansion is on the way.

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