Cranes are swinging all over Nashville, Tennessee. The city is experiencing a serious development boom, from new hotels to high-rise apartment buildings and museums.

One of the most exciting entrants to the downtown Nashville market is the Fifth + Broadway development—a mixed-use office, residential and retailer space—that’s set to transform the already buzzing corner of Broadway.

The property, which sits in the 6.2-acre site of the old convention center, is taking shape fast, with a targeted wave of openings in the summer and fall of 2020.

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Meetings Today took a hard hat tour of the development in October 2019 to check in on the progress, and there are many highlights for meeting and event groups.

National Museum of African American Music Entrance (Under Construction), Credit: Danielle LeBreck
National Museum of African American Music Entrance (Under Construction), Credit: Danielle LeBreck

The Property Details: Retailer, Residential and Office Spaces

The anchor of Fifth + Broadway will be a multi-story complex that will automatically give meeting and event planners more options for dynamic events and group outings.

Some highlights of the space include:

  • A live concert venue on the second floor overlooking Bridgestone Arena that can house up to 2,000 guests.
  • The National Museum of African American Music, a 56,000-square-foot-museum that will explore the history and stories of more than 50 music genres and subgenres, from classical to country to jazz and hip hop.
  • Over 200,000 square feet of shops and food hall space, featuring local fare and flavor including Hattie B’s, Prince’s Hot Chicken, Shake Shack, Eddy’s BBQ and more.
  • A pedestrian-only alleyway space that will have a large LED screen for live watch parties and similar activations.

The development is expected to be a game changer for both visitors and locals.

Companies are relocating to Nashville to make the new office tower their home base and a new residential tower will add more housing options to the downtown area.

Shops typically in suburban malls are coming back downtown and live music—an important piece of Music City’s identity—will have a home in the concert venue and museum spaces.

View of Honky Tonk Row, Fifth + Broadway Construction Site, Credit: Danielle LeBreck
View of Honky Tonk Row, Fifth + Broadway Construction Site, Credit: Danielle LeBreck

The Location: Easy Access for Groups Meeting in Nashville

“Over 12 million people walked through the intersection of 5th Street and Broadway in 2018,” said Tom Miller, the general manager of the Fifth + Broadway development via Brookfield Properties. “So it’s very high trafficked.”

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Indeed—landmarks that make Nashville famous like Tootsies on Honky Tonk Highway at Lower Broadway, Bridgestone Arena and the historic Ryman Auditorium sit adjacent to the Fifth + Broadway construction, and the Country Music Hall of Fame is a short walk away.

Additionally, the development will be directly connected to the refreshed Renaissance Nashville, which is the biggest conference center hotel downtown. The hotel is part of the Marriott Convention & Resort Network (CRN), which hosted the press trip.

Fifth + Broadway Hard Hat Tour Group in View of Renaissance Nashville, Courtesy: Danielle LeBreck
Fifth + Broadway Hard Hat Tour Group in View of Renaissance Nashville, Courtesy: Danielle LeBreck

Meetings attendees can access Fifth + Broadway without walking out the front door. Music City Center, which is right next door to Bridgestone Arena, will also be steps away.

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