Omni Hotel, Hall of Fame and Museum to connect

Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 12:34pm

Omni Hotels and the County Music Hall of Fame and Museum have agreed in principle to structurally connect Nashville’s new convention center headquarters hotel with the hall’s future expansion.

Officials had originally sought to reach an agreement by Nov. 15. Metro, Omni and the hall of fame are now working on finalizing by Dec. 31 a three-party development contract that would allow two Fifth Avenue South buildings to be “fully integrated,” Omni and hall executives said Thursday morning during a Convention Center Authority meeting.

“We are incredibly excited about where we’re at,” said Mike Deitemeyer, president of Omni. “We’ve created a scenario where the buildings will actually be dovetailed together on certain levels.”

Deitemeyer called the tie-in between the expanded hall and the new $273 million, 800-room hotel a “seamless transition” as he discussed how a pedestrian walking south on Fifth Avenue could hypothetically move from a Hatch Show Print gallery to a “country western-themed” entertainment venue inside the hotel. Across the street will be the $585 million Music City Center. It’s still unclear whether the 1.2 million-square-foot convention facililty would be connected to its anchor hotel via a fourth-floor sky bridge.

As previously relayed to the authority, Deitemeyer said the hotel’s 80,000-square-foot meeting space area is to be adjacent to an 800-seat theater, which would be operated by the hall. He said the meeting level of the hotel would include country music memorabilia.

Deitemeyer said Omni and hall officials recently took a trip to Forth Worth to see first-hand how a newly built Omni hotel is incorporated with that Texas city’s convention center.

“We’re working diligently to get this done,” Deitemeyer said of finalizing the agreement. “We’re in a position now where we’ve bought the property, we’ve got architects on board and everything is full steam ahead.”

Kyle Young, the hall of fame’s director, described the connection as “complicated,” pointing out that it involves bridging a non-profit organization with a for-profit hotel.

“We’ve got a lot of details to work out, but I’d say the hard stuff is done,” Young said. “This is a tremendous, project. We’re fired up.”

Metro Finance Director Richard Riebeling said the development agreement would likely involve Omni, the hall and the authority. He said he doesn’t anticipate the still-unfinished agreement to delay construction on the project.

Riebeling has said he expects a late spring or early summer groundbreaking on the new hotel.


6 Comments on this post:

By: NewYorker1 on 11/18/10 at 3:54

I wish they would make it a Music Hall of Fame instead of a Country Music Hall of Fame so that EVERY body can enjoy it and it include all genres of music.

By: shinestx on 11/18/10 at 5:26

I agree, but I think that any change in the focus and image of the CMHoF will never happen. It is tied completely to "country". However, I am sure that we will see another attraction (perhaps the Musicians Hall of Fame, or even the Americana Music hall) move into the area. In ten years, The CMHoF will not be the only hall of its type in that area.

By: Mower on 11/19/10 at 8:35

Maybe they should make the Baseball Hall of Fame a Sports Hall of Fame so that people who don't like baseball could still enjoy it.

By: NewYorker1 on 11/19/10 at 8:53

Maybe they should. Smart @$$.

By: yucchhii on 11/19/10 at 3:31

To New Yorker 1: If that were to happen for what your talking about, then a lot of REAL COUNTRY fans would never go there because that would mean they would be subjected to haering NON-music stuff like (C)RAP and that stuff you call hip hop which is the same thing as (C)RAP. They would also be subjected to look at satues of (C)RAPPERS that were or still are in streetgangs like two pack (He's four shy of a 6 pack) Why does anyone want to glorify some streetgang scum? thos of us who are into REAL music don't want to be subjected to all that NONSENSE!! This is why Contry music has their OWN hall of fame. Rock and roll hall of fame would be GREAT if they didn't include (C)RAP...It's NOT music, let alone "Rock and Roll".

By: yucchhii on 11/19/10 at 3:40

See? What did I say before? some of you mabe tired of seeing MY comments in here about the homeless people. Some may ask what has the Homeless got to do with the Homeless? The convention center is mayor DINKS little baby and how about the finances involved? It's money that is NOT needed to spend and the "VOTERS" said "NO" to the project to begin with. But Mayor DINK decided to do it ANYWAY. All that money could have gone to something practible, like getting "HOUSING" for MOST of the homelss. Getting rehab for those are dependent on drugs and alchohol etc. And programs to get those who are "TRYING ' on their feet and into a place of their own. But mayor DINK is ANTIHOMELESS! The problem will ONLY GET WORSE so long as "DINK" is mayor!