Metro gets Musicians Hall of Fame site for convention center

Friday, February 12, 2010 at 12:24pm

A Davidson County judge this morning granted the Metro Development and Housing Agency ownership of the Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum, handing Metro the final property it needs to make the $585 million Music City Center a reality.

Under the court’s ruling, handed down by Circuit Court Judge Barbara Haynes, the Sixth Avenue South property will officially be turned over to Metro within a week. The hall’s founder and CEO Joe Chambers has seven days to vacate the building.

“I don’t think anybody’s ever happy in a condemnation suit,” Haynes said. “Certainly land owners aren’t happy.”

Metro has offered $4.8 million for the museum’s property, but Chambers has said the cost to relocate his facility would total $8.9 million. Chambers and his legal counsel plan to head to court later this year to settle on a value.

Chambers, who doesn’t know where he’ll move his museum, said he didn’t agree with “the process” in which MDHA handled the land acquisition.

“If they knew they were going to build a convention center here for 10 years, why didn’t they buy the property then?” Chambers asked. “If they had, I wouldn’t have had to go through all that I have.”

One idea bandied around has been for the hall of fame to operate out of space inside the new convention center. MDHA Executive Director Phil Ryan told The City Paper that scenario is still “certainly possible.”

Ryan said ultimately renting convention center space to the hall of fame would be at the discretion of the nine-member Convention Center Authority. For it to happen, he said Chambers must establish a board of directors, a charter and be granted official nonprofit status.

Chambers said no one has handed him any contract to move into the Music City Center. “I haven’t heard anything but words,” he said.

15 Comments on this post:

By: bfra on 2/12/10 at 1:03

Did anybody doubt how the decision would go? Good going Haynes, bet that added to your nestegg "again". With most of the council and judges in his hip pocket, he might even want the capital next.

By: producer2 on 2/12/10 at 2:36

If I were Mr. Chambers I would quit waiting for the Convention Authority to "ask" me to be a part of the building and I would ask them. If you want in ask, if not do what you have to. I hope he stays and I hope Metro tries to be helpful but this is not a new development, just ask Tower Investments....

By: bfra on 2/12/10 at 2:40

prod-2 - Thought you would be at the restaurant counting your under the table money but here you are posting more BS.

By: concernedtaxpayer on 2/12/10 at 3:01

I think the convention center should have been built elsewhere besides downtown to be beneficial for everyone in the county instead of only downtown merchants. If they built it at the Two Rivers Golf course location, somewhere near the airport, or attached to Opryland Hotel everyone would be much happier and the business would be shared. Dean and his cronies need to be shown that their power will not continue. Dean's parents should have whipped him as a child instead of giving him timeout sessions. They should have shown him not to be so selfish and greedy.

By: on 2/12/10 at 3:32

Where is the CMA and all the other music organizations? If it were something devoted to a bunch of singers, there would be total pandemonium. It's the same old thing; The musicians, who play an enormous part in the music industry, get shafted again.

By: producer2 on 2/12/10 at 3:52

You are funny. I ran into Randy Rayburn not long ago and introduced myself. told him several people thought I was him on these boards. Maybe I will get a free desert next time I visit one of his establishments...

The Musicians Hall of Fame is a great place but it is entirely "for profit" which makes it hard for entities like the CMHOF or CMA to be involved. If Mr. Chambers wants to change that designation he could start negotiations with the City to be a part of the MCC. The best possible location....

By: concernedtaxpayer on 2/12/10 at 3:52

Dean and his cronies do not care about CMA anyways. All they want is the revenue rolled in but CMA might as well move the awards show and CMA Music Fest to another city. Doing something like taking the Musicians Hall of Fame sight means Dean thinks more of the new convention center than the so called "Music City" title. Maybe we should quit electing attorneys for political positions. Instead elect business minded individuals.

By: bfra on 2/12/10 at 3:54

prod-2 - And you think anybody other than the other karl pimps believe anything you say!

By: nvestnbna on 2/12/10 at 4:06

The Musicians Hall of Fame is a great place but it is entirely "for profit" which makes it hard for entities like the CMHOF or CMA to be involved. If Mr. Chambers wants to change that designation he could start negotiations with the City to be a part of the MCC. The best possible location....

That's BS, this was never mentioned when they were telling him he would have a place in the museum. I would imagine there'll be other traps to "qualify" to have space in the MCC. It's just one more example of how he's being robbed. Robbed of the equity in his property, a viable location, and the continuity of his business. He's spent every waking hour for the last six years trying to recognize the most unrecognized and talented members of our music community and MDHA flippantly steals it. Oh well, that's tourism for you.

By: producer2 on 2/12/10 at 4:55

What was never mentioned? The fact that he paid 1.4 million for the property and he is getting 4.8 million for it now. In a down economic cycle? C'mon who is spewing BS now? "We was robbed" "The man is running all over us." "W e didn't see it comin"

Please enough already, its over, move on.....

By: nvestnbna on 2/12/10 at 5:01

It doesn't matter what he paid for Rocketown paid less than he did. The rescue mission paid less too, do you think they should be compensated based on what they paid? Baloney! And he's got a week to vacate, Rocketown six months. Don't insult us with this dribble.

By: MrT on 2/12/10 at 5:08

I look forward to visiting the future Hall of Memphis!!!

By: producer2 on 2/13/10 at 9:06

Like he just found out this was going to happen.....

By: Vuenbelvue on 2/14/10 at 1:22

This is a print of a article in todays (2/14/10) New York Times about Goldman Sachs and their ruthless greed. I hope to all heaven Mayor Dean and those responsible for signing the contract didn't sell the soul of this city. I suppose only time will tell.

It reads about how the CEO of Goldman Sachs himself, Gary D. Cohn, is involved in the financial crises in Greece and other countries in Europe. "Wall Street tactics akin to the ones that fostered subprime mortgages in America have worsened the financial crisis shaking Greece and undermining the euro by enabling European governments to hide their mounting debts."

By: Dragon on 2/14/10 at 9:25

They paid for the land but not enough to reestablish elsewhere. Take the money, close the doors and sell everything in the Musicians Hall of Fame to Branson, MO.