Tennessee State Fairgrounds Requests Proposals

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The Metropolitan and Davidson County Board of Fair Commissioners have recently submitted a request for information (RFI) concerning enhancements to future uses or the possible redevelopment of the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. With the release of the RFI board members are reaching out to both private and public parties who have a desire to use the fairgrounds for future events, and/or to invest in the property for the long-term benefit of the proposers and the people of Davidson County and the State of Tennessee.

If the fairgrounds continue with the current uses, there are open dates for establishing great events and new traditions.

In late May the Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County Board of Fair Commissioners posted a request for information regarding proposed developments to the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. The board announced they are still in the process of considering all proposals from interested parties. The deadline to respond to this request for information has been set at July 19, 2013.

Metro City Council is reviewing several master plan approaches for the fairgrounds. The master plans are separated into two possible phases. Phase 1 studies development of the fairgrounds for current uses. This phase examines the best practice facilities and events found at state fair complexes in similar markets

Phase 2 is charged with identifying the highest and best mixed use scenario for the fairgrounds site.

“If the fairgrounds continue with the current uses, there are open dates for establishing great events and new traditions,” stated Fair Board Chair Ned Horton. “We are encouraging dialog with Nashville entrepreneurs and event promoters.”

Though options for a master plan have been established, the funding for the plan of the Tennessee State Fairgrounds has not been identified. The recent request for information could prompt statements of interest from potential sources of funding. The RFI also takes into consideration the possibility that neither master plan phase will be funded.

Included in the request for information is a detailed description of the grounds current features, zoning information and specific market characteristics. The request asks that those interested in submitting a proposal consider what long term socioeconomic ramifications new development and uses would have on the fairgrounds, the surrounding areas and values associated with existing applications.

For more information about the Tennessee State Fairgrounds or how to go about submitting a statement of interest contact Board Chairman Ned Horton at 615-292-8642 or email faircommissioners(at)Nashville(dot)gov.

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