The Metro Council Tuesday night approved a .25 percent fee — a quarter of a cent on the dollar — on the sale of some goods and services provided by businesses located within the central business improvement district. The district spans a 90-block area downtown. Money collected from the fee will go into a fund to recruit conventions to the Music City Center. Steven Hale and the Nashville Scene have the story here.
Remember folks, it's a "fee," not a "tax." From Steven Hale:
Though the rhetoric leading up to its completion may have given such an impression, it seems the Music City Center — the half-a-billion dollar undulating structure that spans three city blocks down Demonbreun Street and represents the largest public investment in Nashville's history — is not quite a "build it and they will come" proposition.
The Metro Council Tuesday night approved a .25 percent — a quarter of a penny on the dollar — on the sale of some goods and services within the central business improvement district, a 90-block area downtown. At-Large Councilman Ronnie Steine explained more about the fee, before the council approved it by a vote of 32-4.
Global construction player Skanska has hired Kristen Heggie to be a project manager in its Nashville office. A Vanderbilt graduate, Heggie previously spent more than five years with the Nashville Convention Center Authority, where she managed construction logistics related to the building of the Music City Center. Prior to her time with the Convention Center Authority, Heggie worked at InfoWorks.
An unidentified investment group is hoping to buy from United Methodist Publishing House about 7.5 acres of SoBro property located across Eighth Avenue South from Music City Center. The entity, which has a letter of intent and is working to secure a contract with UMPH, plans a mixed-used development, according to the Nashville Business Journal.
If the group is successful in purchasing the land, the modernist UMPH headquarters building, located on the southwest corner of the Eighth Avenue South and Demonbreun Street intersection, likely would be razed. Edwin Keeble designed the 1950s-era structure (pictured here), which offers similarities to the iconic L&C Tower that Keeble also designed.
The multi-parcel site also features various other buildings, including a vintage masonry building that fronts Demonbreun.
The Nashville Convention Center Authority announced today that the Metro Codes Department has issued a certificate of occupancy for the Music City Center — one week before the construction completion deadline of the soon-to-open 2.1-million-square-foot convention facility.
The certificate of occupancy, which certifies compliance with all local and state codes and regulations, was issued following 250 final inspections and approvals by the State of Tennessee and Metro Nashville agencies and departments.
“I applaud the project management team and its crew for finishing construction of the Music City Center ahead of their deadline,” Mayor Karl Dean said in a release. “It is no small feat to finish construction on time, but to do so for a project of this scale is truly remarkable. I look forward to our grand opening festivities on May 19-20 when members of the public can see for themselves the size and beauty of this magnificent building.”
The contracts for architects TVS Design and construction management firm Bell/Clark, a joint venture, specified construction of the SoBro-based center be finished by April 30. With the certificate of occupancy now in place, the project and development, construction, and design leaders can progress with the contractual documentation of substantial completion.
With the Tennessee State Museum badly in need of new space — and with the National Museum of African American Music eyeing the existing Nashville Convention Center as a possible home — we wondered the following: Could the state museum, a new building for which has long been proposed for the North Capitol area, lease space in the convention center?
When asked, Lois Riggins-Ezzell, Tennessee State Museum executive director, provided this response.
“This is the first we've heard of any suggestions regarding the old convention center as a potential home for the new museum," Riggins-Ezzell told the Post in an email message. "The future of the new state museum lies solely with Governor Haslam's administration, the TN General Assembly and the State Museum Commission.”
Nashville-based LMG Inc. has been awarded a multi-year contract to serve as the audio-visual supplier for the Music City Center.
LMG’s new 24,000-square-foot Nashville office and warehouse, located fewer than five miles from the Music City Center, opened in October and houses state-of-the-art equipment inventory to support the clients of the convention center for general sessions, breakouts and exhibits. In addition, the LMG Design Studio is located within the central business district and near the MCC
To manage the onsite operation, LMG has hired Curt Wallen as accounts manager. Wallen (pictured) has more than 20 years of experience supporting event production in venues across the country, and will direct the LMG onsite team at the MCC, overseeing client accounts, operations, marketing and business development.