Though the future of the proposed $250 million Nashville Medical Trade Center is still uncertain, companies from a range of medical industries have expressed interest in becoming future tenants.
David Osborn, senior advisor for NMTC developer Market Center Management Co., told NashvillePost.com that companies outside the project's targeted industries have been inquiring about space.
“We have people in different product and service categories beyond what we anticipated,” Osborn said. For example, companies who provide technology solutions and services for physician offices, such as outsourced call center operations, have reached out to Market Center Management.
When the Dallas-based company released detailed plans for the Nashville center, its target industries mainly included makers of medical devices, equipment, health care furniture and other goods.
“I think we always knew there would be service providers," Osborn said, "but our list of the kind of services that could be showcased in the center is growing."
Of course, the project’s future hinges on tonight’s Metro Council vote on the proposed $585 million Music City Center. If approved, the Music City Center will replace the current Nashville Convention Center, which would become the NMTC by 2013.
Though NMTC representatives have been engaged in pre-leasing discussions, Osborn said they aren’t put leases in front of prospective tenants until after tonight’s vote.
“We have to be sure we have a project and a place,” Osborn said.