New Second Avenue design plan clears hurdle following Christmas Day bombing

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Posted at 5:38 PM, Oct 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-12 19:20:11-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A new design plan for buildings damaged in the Christmas Day bombing has cleared one hurdle.

There were several buildings seriously damaged, and the road has been closed due to safety concerns.

On Tuesday, at the historic zoning commission meeting, they approved a motion for selective demolition.

At first, they thought all four buildings in question would have to come down. Now, they found a way to reinforce some of the walls so most of them can be revitalized.

Following the bombing, the Callen family wants to transform their properties into a hotel and other businesses. All four buildings will have a rooftop and a walkway will connect to the river.

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Nashville design rendering from STG Design.

Next, STG Design will have to go get permits for selective demolition. Architect Dave Johnston said they will use some of the old brick and try to preserve the history that makes Second Avenue the front door to Nashville.

"I’m excited to see Second Ave. back live," Johnston said.

At the meeting, a masonry expert took to the podium during the public comment section. He talked about preserving brick buildings in Germany after World War II bombings. A lot of input has been put into the process.

"I wouldn’t call it a compromise, I’d call it a collaboration," Johnston said.