Save Studio A claims contrast those of developer

Developer sells Studio A to group that plans to preserve it (Image 1)

As a deadline looms Tuesday for the future of Nashville’s Studio A, there’s a renewed effort Monday to try and save the place that has seen nearly 50 years of famous recordings and some of the world’s best-known musicians.

The group Save Studio A issued its own report Monday about the condition of the building on Nashville’s Music Row that sharply contrasts a similar report issued recently by the new owner that says the property is “beyond repair.”

Save Studio A estimates the building could be updated for $375,000, while new owner, Bravo Development, issued a report last month that said the building was in “severe disrepair and noncompliant with state and federal building codes.”

Bravo indicated in the report that it explored ways to save Studio A which is housed in the 20,000 square foot property at 30 Music Square West, but could not so “due to structural vulnerabilities.”

Estimates about saving the building from others familiar with the property have run from $4 to $6 million.

Bravo has released plans indicating it would replace Studio A’s building with a five-story structure of condominiums and a high-end restaurant.

A release Monday morning from Save Studio A questioned the findings by Bravo owner Tim Reynolds.

The release indicated that when it called the claims “exaggerated,” Save Studio A founder Trey Bruce was served with a cease and desist order.

He told News 2 that his group arrived at its conclusions “through public records, satellite images and the previous sellers report, there was a wealth of information when the previous owners sold to Bravo.”  The report from Save Studio A was compiled by the construction group Building Trust, Inc.

“Having been through that building off and on over the years, as working class Music Row, I could not remember anything about it that seemed beyond repair,” Bruce told News 2. “Literally we are just trying to clear the information about the building, so that people who would normally be in that mold of buying in that market can approach it.”

Bruce says those buyers could be types like the Country Music Hall of Fame, colleges, or philanthropic groups.

“If you think it is beyond repair, and the headlines say that it is, you might not question it, you might not sit down with the seller,” he added.

When reached by News 2, Reynold said “this report is not worthy of comment.”

He added, “It doesn’t change my plans to proceed with the project unless a qualified buyer steps forward by 5 p.m. Tuesday.”

To review the report from Save Studio A, click here.  For an earlier field report from Bravo, click here, and for an engineer’s report, click here

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