NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Metro Nashville council members will vote on a grant application for the Nashville Department of Transportation to work on a comprehensive plan to create the East Bank Boulevard, which includes a bridge over the Cumberland River.
According to meeting documents, NDOT is partnering with the Mayor’s office and the Metro Planning Department to seek a $5 million RAISE grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, which would be matched by $4 million in local funds, to plan and design the East Bank Boulevard. The money would be used for continuing community engagement and planning efforts and to develop up to 60% of the design plans for the Boulevard.
Officials describe the Boulevard as a modern, resilient, and complete multi-modal mobility option, development catalyst, and job creator. They’re calling it the catalyst for “Nashville’s next great neighborhood,” as it will serve as a connector for jobs, housing, and open space within East Bank and a connector for diverse and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods on both sides of the river.
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This is part of the East Bank Master Plan that Metro leaders began formulating about two years ago. Part of that is Oracle bringing 8,000+ jobs to a 65-acre campus on the East Bank. Nashville and the state of Tennessee are now working with Oracle to re-imagine the area around Nissan stadium into a new mixed-use community.