Council Officially Dedicates Thermal Plant Site To Redevelopment
by Todd Walker
NASHVILLE, Tenn - There is finally some movement on plans to redevelop a 12 acre plot of empty land in downtown Nashville.
On Tuesday night, Metro Council approved a land transfer, which paves the way for a major face-lift at the sight of the old thermal plant. There is still a long way to go before concerts will begin playing at a proposed amphitheater.
The money has been set aside for months.
The land is now set aside and within the next year, at least part of the project could be underway.
The plot of land has sat vacant and fenced-off for more than a decade after the Nashville Thermal Transfer Corporation plant was torn down in January 2004.
"We've really been trying to develop the downtown for years," said Metro Councilwoman Erica Gilmore who sponsored the ordinance dedicating the land to the project. "This will be a wonderful addition. We're talking about an amphitheater which will build off the symphony and bring a different type of musical venue downtown - to build on our music brand."
The amphitheater would hold up to 6,000 people. Construction would also include a flood wall on the west bank of the Cumberland River.
Altogether, the riverfront improvements total around $35 million.