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Design Of African American Museum of Music Unveiled

Posted at 7:58 PM, Apr 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-04 20:58:39-04

A massive downtown project that includes the development of the National African American museum of music got its first okay in moving forward with the $430 million project.

A $430 million project that will change the look of downtown Nashville got it's first conceptual approval this morning.

Developers are excited to give lower Broadway a face-lift.  The plan is to demolish the old Convention Center and start their construction.

"We want to start that massing to feel like you're still in lower Broadway, but then grow it with the apartment building and the office building," said Pat Emery, Spectrum Emery, President.

OliverMcMillan and Spectrum Emery presented its design concept to the Metro Development and Housing Agency's design review committee, and gave an update on their development plans for 601 Commerce Street.

"Now we're working on the details of entrances and exits, we're going to work on some contextual finishes and what the outdoor portions of certain buildings are going to look like," said Emery.

It's been a long time coming for the project, and along the way, they hit a few roadblocks. The project is supposed to include the new National Museum of African American music- but there's been some controversy surrounding its placement within the new space.

"The national museum of African American music is now is all agreed to as far as all of the parties are concerned. We are moving forward with it, and it will be a part of this project," said Emery.

Now developers are one step closer to adding and sharing the history of Music city.