Nashville Mayor John Cooper launched extra data Tuesday about his imaginative and prescient for downtown riverfront redevelopment.
Worldwide design agency Perkins Eastman has been employed to map out plans for an overhaul of the Cumberland River’s east financial institution, from Nissan Stadium to East Nashville.
The corporate has led main redevelopment efforts in Hanoi, Vietnam, Baltimore’s Inside Harbor, District Wharf in Washington, D.C., and Battery Park Metropolis in New York.
“As we embark on the rebound, Nashville is likely one of the most fascinating cities to be within the U.S.,” Mayor Cooper mentioned. “We now have a possibility to raise the Cumberland River to be certainly one of Nashville’s hottest facilities for the good thing about our complete group. That requires a cautious, community-driven method to affirmative placemaking, as we have interaction residents and property homeowners at each step.”
Metro Planning officials were tasked with starting the work earlier this yr. However the division is understaffed and Perkins Eastman will lead the trouble.
The greenback quantity of Metro’s contract with the agency was not instantly launched.
The Tennessee Titans committed to partnering with Metro on a brand new 100-acre leisure district round Nissan Stadium final yr.
Perkins Eastman will manage group conferences via the summer season to develop constructing parameters for about 338 acres of principally industrial land alongside the Cumberland River.
Public enhancements into consideration embody parks, strolling trails and bike lanes.
“We at Perkins Eastman are excited to work with town of Nashville and all native stakeholders to create an bold plan that may rework the East Financial institution to be the subsequent nice neighborhood within the metropolis,” mentioned Vaughan Davies, the corporate’s principal-in-charge of the east financial institution venture.
The rebuilding of 2nd Avenue companies destroyed within the Christmas morning bomb assault downtown can even be thought-about in these plans.
Efforts can even tie in to the in depth River North venture that may begin with a 40-acre complex of residences, places of work and procuring strips at a former truck cease and repair yard close to Topgolf.
Metro officers dedicated $13.8 million to help with roadwork and different site visitors enhancements to facilitate the brand new buildings.
Monroe Funding Companions, which owns a lot of the land on the east facet of the river, will contribute $7.1 million to the general public infrastructure upgrades as nicely, Cooper mentioned.
A enterprise enchancment district there’ll ultimately draw a tax surcharge to fund extra public advantages sooner or later, akin to a pedestrian bridge throughout the river from downtown.
“Perkins Eastman has demonstrated a world-class skill to remodel massive waterfront areas into compelling, vibrant environments that preserve the character of town,” mentioned Metro Planning Director Lucy Kempf.
The corporate will use a various crew of native contractors in Nashville, together with WSP, Pillars Improvement and Hodgson Douglas.
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