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Plans for Old Nashville Convention Center Still in the Works -- Jen French

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Downtown Nashville may have to wait until 2017 before the city’s old convention center is ready for new business.

Since the new convention center was built, not much has been happening at the old one.

President and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation Butch Spyridon said an African American music museum will be built, but it’s not known what stores and offices might move in.

The Emery group announced they would take on the project last December.

Spyridon said the demolition and rebuilding could cost anywhere between $200 to more than $300 million.

A spokesperson for Mayor Karl Dean’s office said the Emery group would pay for construction, but the City of Nashville would still own the land.

Spyridon said the final plans could be revealed in a few weeks.

Demolition is expected to start by the end of the year.

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