Mayor “doesn’t worry” about Nashville Convention Center site

Mayor  "doesn't worry" about Nashville Convention Center site (Image 1)
Mayor "doesn't worry" about Nashville Convention Center site (Image 1)

Now that a developer has dropped medical trade center plans for the current Nashville convention center facility, Mayor Karl Dean says he's not worried the soon-to-be-obsolete facility will be put to good use.

“There's obviously a lot of interest in that building,” said Dean on Friday after he announced plans for an Avenue of the Arts.

“It's got a great location, it's a building that is entirely owned by the city, and its got just wonderful potential so I am not worried about something good happening there,” he added.

The building sits adjacent to one section of the downtown entertainment district just a few feet from the historic Ryman Theatre and a block from the gigantic Music City Convention Center that will replace the current convention center next spring.

“It's an incredibly prime piece of real estate and yes, there will be a lot of speculation on what should and could go there,” corporate realtor Tim Stowell told Nashville's News 2 on Thursday.

Stowell thinks the convention center might be a mixed use entertainment facility, but while the mayor wasn't going to get in the guessing game, he echoes the value of the site.

“It is a prime piece of real estate in a city doing very well, and we'll just evaluate things and see where we are,” the mayor said.

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