Convention Center Authority loses member; Music City Center on budget

Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 4:24pm

A member of the nine-person Convention Center Authority, which holds the purse for the city’s new $585 million Music City Center, has stepped down from the board.

Darrell Drumwright, a Nashville pastor, removed himself from the authority last month to devote more time to his professional career. A graduate of Tennessee State University, Drumwright has started teaching at his alma mater.

“He’s already a pastor at a church and he returned to a full-time teaching load at TSU,” convention center authority spokeswoman Holly McCall said. “Time commitments were too much.”

Mayor Karl Dean is charged with appointing a replacement, which is subject to Metro Council approval.

At Thursday’s authority meeting, MCC project leaders said $204 million of the project’s total $585 million price tag has been spent during the first 12-plus months of the structure’s construction.

Construction is approximately one-third complete, with the building slated for a February 2013 opening.

So far, 35 percent of the budgeted dollars have been allocated. Metro officials say that’s an indication the project is within budget.

“I think it’s right on track,” Metro Finance Director Rich Riebeling said. “We’ve put in procedures to make sure this thing stays on budget.”

1 Comment on this post:

By: MusicCity615 on 3/6/11 at 1:21

Great to see this is on budget!

Thank you Mayor Dean for moving forward with this project!