New proposal for Nashville's bomb-ravaged Second Ave.

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A handsome brick building with a pedestrian mall connecting Second Avenue to First Avenue and the riverfront would replace the four buildings blown to pieces by the Christmas morning bombing, according to new renderings released Thursday.

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Why it matters: The Callen family, which owns the properties, detailed their plans Thursday in a presentation to the city, quelling fears that the lots could sit vacant or be replaced with an out-of-place skyscraper.

  • The pedestrian mall, akin to the nearby Printer's Alley, would be a first-of-its-kind connector in the historic district.

What they're saying: Mayor John Cooper's administration has prioritized saving Second Avenue, Nashville’s first-ever historic district.

  • "The mayor expects a great product to arise out of the collaboration among city agencies, other stakeholders, and the owners of these four properties," Cooper spokesperson Andrea Fanta said.

  • Councilmember Freddie O'Connell, who represents the area, told Axios that the new renderings could restore the neighborhood's character while revitalizing sleepier parts of the entertainment district, such as First Avenue.

  • "In some ways it's as good an outcome as we could have secured," O'Connell said. "They have the potential to leave it better than they found it."

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