Though nothing earth-shattering was discussed or came to light at today’s MDHA meeting, steady progress was reported on a number of fronts.
After the swearing in of new commissioner Gayle Fleming, who was recently appointed to a five-year term on the board by Mayor Karl Dean, a representative of Tuck Hinton Architects spoke briefly about the ongoing development of the Music City Center.
Various diagrams and elevations were shown outlining some of the factors being considered as the master plan continues to take shape.
Among those factors were an analysis of the sight lines from a hypothetical elevation, a possible extension of Gateway Boulevard and the depth of the area's water table, which all play into the potential design of the building.
The next public meeting on the convention center project will be on Sept. 30 at 5:30 p.m. at the Adventure Science Center.
Other items coming across the table today included a status report on the nearby Rolling Mill Hill development from board member Roland Jones, who happily noted that the project has “more yesterdays than tomorrows.”
After several more fairly procedural items – including the acquisition of a small plot of land in the convention center's planned footprint – MDHA Executive Director Phil Ryan expressed excitement about the agency having been asked by Dean to lead the way for new waterfront development.
The main area being discussed for that project falls between the Sillman Evans Bridge and the Victory Memorial Bridge. Helping the MDHA with the project will be Ed Owens, who has spent a number of years both with the Planning Department and with local architecture outfit Gresham Smith.