Forecast: More Places to Work and Play Downtown

The study says downtown towers generally were not built with adequate parking until recent decades. Credit Nina Cardona, WPLN.

The study says downtown towers generally were not built with adequate parking until recent decades. Credit Nina Cardona, WPLN.

A new study predicts more growth in downtown Nashville, especially when it comes to retail and office space. But it comes with the caveat: parking must improve.

The Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency commissioned the forecast for the city’s downtown.

Over the next four years, the report projects demand for about 400-thousand square feet of new office space, 35-hundred new apartments and condos and just over 4-thousand hotel rooms. At the same time, it says the city could support more than 500-thousand square feet devoted to downtown shopping, eating and entertainment-ideally grouped into distinct commercial neighborhoods, and possibly even including a movie theater.

But that’s if the average Middle Tennessean thinks he can find a place to leave his car. The study repeatedly points out that limited parking downtown is a stumbling block to development.


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