NASHVILLE (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell has thrown his support behind an amphitheater development project at the site of the former Nashville Thermal Transfer Plant on the riverfront, and has been in discussions regarding a possible new convention center for the city.
The only problem is, both projects won’t have any chance of moving forward before he leaves office.
The right to develop the Thermal Transfer Plant site was originally awarded to the Nashville Sounds for a new baseball stadium, but deteriorating relations between the team and the developer put the land up for grabs again, according to the Fairview Observer.
Purcell has publicly supported the idea for an outdoor performance venue, but the Metro Council will not have time to pass legislation on the project before the August 2 election.
Discussions surrounding the site could spark talk of further development on the riverfront, according to the Civic Design Center. The Center released a Nashville Riverfront Redevelopment Plan earlier this year that included a 120-acre island in the middle of the river, a riverfront park, and the outdoor music pavilion.
Legislation on the possible convention center will likely not be passed prior to the elections either, but most candidates have shown support for the project. The next mayor, pending Metro Council approval, will have to start early on what is likely a three-year project, according to the paper. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers