Crews begin demolishing old buildings at Fairgrounds Nashville

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Fairgrounds Nashville is undergoing a multi-million dollar face lift that will include the demolition of five old buildings on the site.

Crews began tearing down the sanitation building, which was built in 1952, on Tuesday. Four other buildings that are also in “various high levels of disrepair” will also be torn down in the near future as part of a $12 million project.

Officials told News 2 the five structures are so old they present safety and health risks.

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“We’ve been working really hard at coming up with meaningful improvements to the space to support our events and everything we do here,” Executive Director Laura Schloesser said. “Stay tuned because I think the next two to three years will just be amazing for this place.”

City leaders hope as old, worn-down buildings are torn down, space for new projects will open up.

Fairgrounds Nashville has been in operation for more than 110 years.