Building Implosion Planned In Downtown Nashville

Posted at 5:49 AM, Jul 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-20 07:15:06-04

The Nashville skyline is about to change, but instead of a new building going up, we're going to watch an old one come down.

The rest of the Sullivan Tower, located at 9th Avenue North and Commerce Street, has been set to be imploded Saturday at 8:30 a.m.

According to representatives with the demolition company, the building has been partially demolished over the last few months.

Saturday’s implosion is an effort to reduce further community disruption and to prevent future traffic congestion from prolonged road closures.

Covers have been placed on the building to keep pieces of it from flying into other buildings.

The main LifeWay building, Draper Tower, came down in January. Around 600 pounds of explosives brought the building down in under ten seconds.

The entire campus was sold in 2015 to a real estate investment firm with plans to build a billion-dollar development called Nashville Yards.

A music venue, hotel, and eight stories of multi-family apartments were just part of the plan to transform the 15-acre property in the heart of downtown Nashville.

Saturday’s implosion means the roads surrounding Sullivan Tower will be shut down to traffic starting around 7:30 a.m. until shortly after the implosion.