when your neighbors are the bridgestone arena and mother church of country music, the ryman, it seems like it shouldn’t be too hard of a sale to repurpose the space but for the old convention center space on broadway, it’s been an uphill battle.
this week, however, pat emery unveiled a new partner, olivermcmillan, and a new $400 million plan for the 6.7 acres downtown to include a 22-story tower, 250-300 apartments, 300,000 square feet of office space, 180,000 retail & restaurant space, a 35,000 square foot venue space, and 40,000 square feet for the national museum of african american music.
in 2012, the city put to rest the dreams of having one of the country’s first ever medical super marts. then, last fall, the groundwork was laid to start a new gameplan. the biggest revision from that foregoes the office space part by more than 840,000 square feet.
the developers have until january 31 to submit final plans to the convention center authority. if momentum is there and they can get it 40% leased, construction could start as early as summer 2015.