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Plan of Nashville released 10/7


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The 50 year city plan, taking two years to create, is officially coming out today at a luncheon. It is the first real true solidified vision of the city of Nashville, and looks to revolutionize the city and take it forward.

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Here is an article about it:


Road map will guide changes for Nashville

Development plan looks 50 years ahead

The Plan of Nashville that will be unveiled by the Nashville Civic Design Center tomorrow will lay out a road map for urban development for the next 50 years, but its effects could be felt sooner.

The plan, developed over two years by residents of seven neighborhoods in the city's urban core and by planning professionals, could influence decisions about major developments being considered in the downtown area right now, architect Seab Tuck said.

Those decisions will help shape the skyline and determine how residents use the downtown area for decades to come. They include whether to build a baseball stadium on the former Thermal Transfer Plant site on First Avenue, how to use the Greer Stadium site if the Nashville Sounds minor-league baseball team moves, whether to build a new convention center, and the possible development of Rolling Mill Hill and the railroad Gulch areas south of Broadway.

The Plan of Nashville also could influence decisions at City Hall about whether to find a new use for the former Steiner-Liff Iron & Metal Co. scrap yard in the shadow of the Coliseum. The plan also could address such projects as the conversion into residential lofts of the former Werthan Packaging factory at 1400 Eighth Ave. N., Tuck said.

Another project that could be influenced is the construction of a new federal courthouse, said Tuck, who rotated off of the Civic Design Center's board of directors in April.

The introduction of the Plan of Nashville couldn't come at a better time, he said, as Nashville considers ''the idea of downtown living.''

The plan won't try to dictate which projects move forward, said Kate Monaghan, the Civic Design Center's executive director. ''This is not a master plan. It is a vision plan,'' she said.

The goal is to provide a way for everyone, from elected officials and city planners to ordinary residents, to ask important questions about new developments.

''Is this what we want? How will we function as a city for 50 years?'' Monaghan said. ''Hopefully, light bulbs will go off in people's minds.''

Monaghan would not discuss details of the plan before its introduction at a sold-out luncheon tomorrow, but she did say it depends on a set of related principles.

They include respecting the natural and manmade environments, protecting the Cumberland River, developing convenient methods of transportation, linking greenways and parks, and building an economically strong downtown that is the heart of the region.

The vision behind the Plan of Nashville is being recorded in a companion book that will be sent to the printer tomorrow and will be available for purchase in early December.

The book, which will be available for $45 hardbound and for $24.95 with a soft cover, documents the Plan of Nashville in an estimated 230 pages. It will include more than 300 photographs, maps and illustrations.

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