A New Starwood Shed?

NASHVILLE, TN (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The owner of the property that formerly housed the Starwood Amphitheater is exploring possibilities for the site that include a potential a return of an outdoor music venue.

A new music venue is just one items on the list of the potential uses for the property, which is currently owned by Vastland Realty Group. A previous plan to develop 250 townhomes and 500,000 square feet of commercial shopping space went by the boards when the real estate market headed south, The Tennessean reported. Other potential uses for the site included a new data center.

Ken Renner, Vastland's vice president of commercial sales and leasing told the Tennessean that if the company does create a new music venue on the property, it would be smaller than the shed Live Nation operated on the site until 2007. According to Renner, the property is too large to make the entire site an amphitheater.

If Vastland did plan to re-open an amphitheater on the site, the project would require zoning approval, as the site has been rezoned for residential and retail. The Metro planning department told the Tennessean that they have yet to receive a formal proposal from Vastland for the site.

The Starwood originally opened in 1985 and, although popular with many locals as a summer concert destination, it lacked adequate support infrastructure and frequently suffered from traffic congestion. The Starwood's owners, Live Nation, closed the venue down in the spring of 2007, after the venue grossed only $4.6 million in 2006. – Ian Courtney

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