There is a new convention center currently under development in downtown Nashville, Tennessee and officials have just released a design of exposed steel and limestone for a hotel to compliment the new convention center. The 21-floor Omni hotel is set to open its doors just a few months after the opening of the Music City Center in 2013.
The hotel will be located south of the Country Music Hall of Fame, which is also expanding between the two. Both buildings will be located just across 5th Avenue from the upcoming convention center. However, as with every big project, there were a few concerns.
Some people voiced concerns about having the hotel open in time to support the convention center within the first few months of its opening. However, Metro Finance Commissioner Rich Reibeling says that it was not a close call in the slightest.
According to Reibeling, "The people that - early in the life of the convention center, in the spring - know the hotel won't be ready and so that's already been worked out. Sure it'd be great to have them simultaneously, but within a few months of each other won't pose any problems long-term."
The designs that were unveiled today leave the door open on construction of a possible skywalk for pedestrians to cross over 5th Avenue above traffic, according to Vice President of Design and Construction Joe Saatkamp. Saatkamp added, "Currently it is not in the scope of the project, but both buildings - the Music City Center, as well as the hotel - have been designed to allow for that structure to be built at a later date."
Source: Nashville Public Radio - Omni Unveils Design of MCC Hotel