Metro officials on Friday announced plans for a streetscape project, dubbed the Avenue of the Arts, on Fifth Avenue North between Church and Union streets.
As part of Artober Nashville — a month-long arts and cultural celebration — Mayor Karl Dean, Metro Public Works and the Metro Arts Commission discussed plans for a redesign project meant to create a central visual arts district to host events as well as attract more customers and tenants to the area.
That particular block of Fifth Avenue already includes 19 art galleries, The Arcade, and is home to a monthly first Saturday art crawl.
Design plans so far call for a block-long Avenue of the Arts that would include an overhead lighting canopy, and a streetscape with better sidewalks, platforms for art and outdoor dining.
According to city officials, the overhead lighting canopy would be made up of eight “light curtains” hung from 30-foot light poles, using LED lights. The canopy is designed to cross the width of the road and stretch the entire block.
Plans include three landscaped sidewalk extensions — one adding more outdoor dining at Fifth and Church, and another at the entrance to The Arcade featuring public art to commemorate the area’s storied history during the Civil Rights movement.