Nashville Riverfront Growth Panel: One of CA South’s core tenets is developing the riverfront.
In this Nashville Business Journal panel on The Growth of Nashville, Eric Fang (Perkins Eastman), Burke Nihill (TN Titans), Matt Robinson (MPR Realty) and Meg Epstein (CA South) discussed the future of our most valuable and underutilized asset; the Nashville Waterfront: Nihill, who became president and CEO of the Titans in 2020, said “A lot of people refer to the property around [the stadium] as the ‘sports and entertainment district,’ which is something we wholly reject,” Nihill said. “When I think about future generations of my family, I think about coming down to the East Bank and walking along the river, going to farmer’s markets, things that locals do.”
Each speaker agreed the East Bank will not, and should not, be a community that develops overnight, and that to do so would price out locals and deprive the area of the community amenities such as parks and walkable grocery stores that are lacking on the riverfront.
The key, Fang said, is utilizing the water. “If we can make the water attractive, the development will follow,” he said. “The riverfront alone won’t drive investment in the area.”