NASHVILLE, Tenn.- After months of planning, community leaders have released the plan to renovate the area around the new Music City Center.
The proposal, called the South of Broadway Strategic Plan, was released on Thursday. Officials said the Plan calls for many changes to the area around the Music City Center and South of Broadway. The SoBro area consists of several overlapping neighborhoods including The Gulch, Rutledge Hill, Rolling Mill Hill and Lafayette.
"With construction of the Music City Center nearing completion and the large number of conventions booked through 2026, understanding the potential economic development in the South of Broadway area was important to the Convention Center Authority," said Marty Dickens, chair of the Convention Center Authority of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County. "We were pleased to work with the Downtown Partnership, area businesses, organizations, and individuals throughout SoBro on this study."
One major change will be to make the old Thermal Transfer Plant site and open green space. Other high priority changes include: connecting the SoBro neighborhood and The Gulch with a new pedestrian bridge, extending the Avenue of the Arts south to Lafayette Street and providing incentive for storm-water management and the creation of open space.
In addition the SoBro Plan calls for more parks and opens spaces for the area, as well as enhancements for pedestrians. Leaders recommended adding trees and landscaping throughout the area, more crosswalks and creating more shared space. The plan also addressed the issues of Mass Transit to the SoBro neighborhood as well as parking concerns.
Nashville received a grant of $400,000 to create the SoBro Plan in March 2012. As part of the proposal teams were asked to plan the best growth for the area as well was plan for preventive flood damage.
"The report is a road map for the SoBro area and we are very appreciative of the public's participation over the last six months," said Barry Long, CEO of Pittsburgh-based Urban Design Associates (UDA,) lead firm for the study. "What we heard from the citizens and the community advisory group led to the recommendations we made, and our team feels the recommendations are dead on in terms of the catalytic initiatives that will make SoBro even more successful than it is today."
It was not clear when the proposed changes to the area would begin.