Roughly one month into work, the site on which the Cumberland River East Bank’s Play Park will sit is now essentially free of surface asphalt parking and ready for below-ground utility work.
Chris Koster, riverfront development director for the Metro Parks Department, said the site has transformed quickly.
“We are moving along,” Koster said, adding that the effort has yet to hit any snags. “We’re in the process of beginning to run utilities to the site of the Play Park."
Hardaway Construction Corp. is handling the general contracting for the work on the Play Park (for which there is currently a naming contest), which is straddled on either end by the Shelby and Korean War Veterans bridges.
On a related note, Koster said work on the historic NABRICO Building is transitioning from interior remediation to some specific exterior demolition work.
“There will be several weeks of work on that,” he said.
Nashville-based Hastings Architecture Associates is handling the redesign of NABRICO.
Metro Parks and the Metro Development and Housing Agency are teaming on the approximately $30 million, multi-phase riverfront redevelopment.
Both the Play Park and the NABRICO Building are slated for completion by summer 2011.