Gary Everton and his team at EOA Architects are looking into redevelopment options for the historic former Tennessee State Prison building. Among the alternatives on the table are relocating some of the Department of Corrections' offices and creating a museum chronicling the state's prison history.
The other issue is funding. The earlier office renovation proposal was $27 million — about $11 million more than the state paid to renovate the State Capitol building in 2012.
If a museum option is on the table, the state could look to outside nonprofit groups or a public-private financing partnership.
Shawn Turner at HotelNewsNow.com says many lenders to the hotel industry have escaped from having to make some tough decisions on certain properties. Valuations in the hospitality sector, Turner writes, are almost back to their pre-recession peaks just a few years after taking big hits. In short, extend and pretend worked.
The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum is slated to open in June at the Municipal Auditorium, according to Joe Chambers, the facility’s CEO.
On May 9, officials gathered to unveil a Musicians Way street sign (seen in the below photo) in anticipation of the opening.
Pictured from left to right: Butch Spyridon, president of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau; Randy Lovett, director of the Metro Public Works Department; Chambers; Linda Chambers, COO of the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum; Mayor Karl Dean; Metro Councilwoman Erica Gilmore, District 19; and Peter Heidenreich, Hall Strategies.
Read more about the genesis of the museum here.
Stagecoach’s Megabus has suffered some stumbles during its relatively brief time in the Nashville market (you'll recall the location challenge the company faced, as well as its discontinuation of serving some markets from Music City). But Megabus is doing very well overall, thank you. Read more here.
Nashville International Airport has announced the addition of two daily nonstop flights to Pensacola, Fla.
Beginning Nov. 3, Southwest will offer the service with 9:40 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. departures. The announcement marks 33 nonstop destinations for Southwest served via BNA.
“The addition of two daily nonstop flights to Pensacola will be an ideal option for many of our passengers – business, military and leisure travelers,” Rob Wigington, president and CEO of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority, said in a release. “The Airport Authority, in conjunction with the airlines, is continually working to provide additional air service and destinations to our passengers.”
Nashville International Airport is currently served by 10 airlines and offers 380 daily arriving and departing flights. Nashville International provides nonstop air service to 49 markets.
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