Community Focus Group: What’s Your Take On The Former Thermal Site Renovation?

Want to add your voice to help plan the future of downtown Nashville? Here’s your chance from a group of Vanderbilt students working on a proposal to Gresham Smith & Partners:


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I need some advice from Nashvillians who are concerned with the future development of downtown.

I’m a part of a team of university students involved in a month-long business program at Vanderbilt’s Owen School of Management.

Currently, our team is involved in a project to consider viable alternatives for the 10-acre waterfront property between the new Gateway Bridge and the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge. You may know this piece of land as the “site of the former thermal plant.” And you probably know that it came close to being developed as a joint-use baseball stadium for the Sounds along with a retail, office and residential development before the financing package of the project fell through.

Our team is working on a project that asks (and we hope, answers), “Now what?”

So I wanted to ask the best experts — Nashvillians — what your ideas are for what should become of this city-owned prime location? What’s missing from the downtown experience? As a Nashvillian; what are your thoughts, ideas or concerns for the future of the site?

Post your thoughts to the comments of this blog, all will be credited with your screename (and email, if you prefer) as a part of our “community focus group.”

Your input is greatly appreciated and we look forward to posting more with our progress!

– Ann Parker & Team (Vanderbilt – Accelerator Summer Business Institute)

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