What would the East Bank look like revitalized? The riverfront area you see today could look much different in the future.
That’s according to the latest draft of the Imagine East Bank Vision Plan. The 135-page plan details the city’s proposed framework for redeveloping 338 acres between the Cumberland River and I-24. Let’s break it down.
With the Tennessee Titans evaluating a new stadium, the plan considers different outcomes for some features based on two possible locations, including one scenario that places the stadium closer to the interstate.
City planners envision four new neighborhoods — Jefferson-Spring, Capitol Crossings, Central Waterfront, and Shelby’s Bend — ranging from 50 to 120 acres. While some neighborhoods are expected to be more residential in character, the plan calls for a mix of housing, commercial development, public spaces, and multimodal transportation networks.
Developing public land
Much of the land within the proposed Central Waterfront neighborhood (Nissan Stadium and surrounding lots) is owned by Metro. Some of the ideas for repurposing this area include:
- East Bank Park between the riverfront and Nissan Stadium
- A mobility hub where transit riders, cyclists, and pedestrians can switch modes of transportation
- Possible John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge expansion (if the stadium is relocated)
- A mixed-use stadium village for gameday activities
- A cultural terrace serving as a hub for museums, theaters, and art galleries
A riverfront revitalized
The East Bank has 1.7 miles of land along the Cumberland River — an area residents in the planning process called “inaccessible and invisible.” The plan calls for activating the riverfront with nearby greenways, recreation areas, and boating opportunities (think: new docks and small marinas).
The price tag to transform the area hasn’t been released, but Mayor Cooper said he’s exploring a combination of federal, state, and developer contributions.