The Texas-based Omni hotel broke ground Thursday in a ceremony focused on Omni’s role in Nashville’s tourism industry and the expectations surrounding downtown’s new convention center. The $250 million dollar project is anticipated to be finished in mid-2013. It will be located across Fifth Avenue South and will be linked to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Not only is the new hotel good news for Nashville tourism but also good news for job employment. The hotel is expected to bring more than 300 full-time jobs to the city, with 200 of the positions to be reserved for Davidson County residents, according to The Tennessean. Omni has also agreed to spend at least 20 percent of construction costs with local businesses, and committed to 20 percent diversity business participation. This project has high hopes to boost Nashville’s economy with avid tourism and and an uprise in employment rates. The hotel is planned to be a 21 story high rise with 800 guest rooms and more than 80,000 square feet of event space. It will feature a Mokara spa, an urban pool deck, and a fitness center.
On the day of the ground breaking ceremony, Marty Dickens, chair of the Convention Center Authority shared, “We had people who said we’d never get this done… This is a great day in the life of the Music City Center.” Developers and planners of the project hope that the convention center, Country Music Fall of Fame, and Omni Hotel Nashville play off of one another, bringing more tourists and conventions to the city of Nashville. There are also hopes to transform Nashville’s reputation, making it a relaxing and exciting city to visit for everyone. Mayor Karl Dean hopes to “extend our Southern hospitality to the thousands of businesses.” With high hopes, the Omni Hotel Nashville is a step in the right direction for Nashville’s economy.