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Omni Hotel, Hall Of Fame Expansion Plans Revealed

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Mayor Karl Dean believes the new Omni Hotel is expected to revitalize 5th Avenue South in downtown Nashville. For the first time, architects revealed what the final development will look like.

Mayor Dean believes once completed the development will change the Nashville skyline and more importantly the sidewalk view for visitors walking on 5th Avenue South.

"You can see how it's going to bring a lot of people and a lot of activity on 5th Avenue, you are going to have a pedestrian friendly area to eat and listen to music, a lot pf pedestrians outside. It's just going to engage a whole new section of our city," said Mayor Dean.

The Omni Hotel will also be connected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in hopes that it will become a seamless transition from the hotel development to the New Music City Center which is still under construction.

On Thursday, the head of the Convention Center and Visitors Bureau, Butch Spyridon, said bookings for the new center are going well. So far in Nashville this year, hotel bookings across the city have been up steadily over the past three months. Officials believe it's a good sign of what's to come.

The Music City Convention Center is expected to be completed in 2013. Groundbreaking on the hotel begins in just a few months.

The hotel is a privately funded $250 million investment in the city. It will have 800 rooms and is expected to be completed around the same time as the convention center.

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