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5th Avenue of the Arts Streetscape Improvement Project is Complete!

Construction is complete for the new and exciting streetscape improvements along 5th Avenue, Nashville’s downtown Avenue of the Arts corridor. The project extends from Church Street to Union Avenue, and enhances pedestrian safety and access, and add amenities that will add to the overall atmosphere.

“These streetscape improvements distinguish this area as the visual arts district of our city,” Mayor Dean said. “The project furthers the work of gallery owners in making Fifth Avenue a distinctive, arts-focused area of downtown. All of this enhances activity along the street, which I’m sure will lead to even more redevelopment and new businesses moving into the area.”

Before flipping on the lights at the June 1 opening celebration, Mayor Dean recognized two individuals he described as the pioneers for the redevelopment of that area of downtown: Anne Brown of the Arts Company and Ron Gobbell of Gobbell Hayes Partners.

“Over the years, they have been joined by many other creative, entrepreneurial individuals, who altogether have made this a very special part of our urban environment,” Mayor Dean said.

The unveiling took place during an expanded First Saturday Art Crawl and street party June 1. In addition to the art galleries on Fifth Avenue and in The Arcade being open to the public, the First Saturday Art Crawl included art demonstrations and live entertainment on the Nashville Downtown Partnership pop-up performance stages along the street. Activities included food trucks, puppets from the Nashville Public Library, the Hatch Show Print mobile, and displays by TPAC and the Tennessee State Museum, among others.

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Enhancements to the one-block Avenue of the Arts include an iconic light canopy that will make that block of downtown instantly recognizable. The LED light canopy includes eight light curtains hung from 30-foot light poles. They extend the entire width of the roadway from Union to Church Street.

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5th Avenue of the Arts Streetscape Opening EventOther features include new sidewalks and three landscaped sidewalk extensions that provide ample room for green space and improved crossing points for pedestrians. The sidewalk extension at Fifth and Church will accommodate outdoor dining. Additionally, individual street parking meters have been removed from the block, and a solar-powered pay station has been installed.

5th Avenue of the Arts Streetscape Opening EventAs Nashville’s first central visual arts district, the Avenue of the Arts improves connectivity between the activity on Broadway and other cultural institutions, such as TPAC and the Tennessee State Museum. It is also an inviting attraction that is within walking distance to conventioneers and others attending meetings at the new Music City Center.

More Photos from Opening Celebration (Gary Layda, Photographer):

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For more information about the project, contact Rick Kirkpatrick, Public Works Project Engineer at (615) 862-8635 or E-mail him.

Project Team

Led by Metro Public Works, the project team consisted of Roy T Goodwin (Concrete Construction) Stansell Electric (Electrical Construction) Hawkins Partners (Architecture Design) Civic Engineering (Civil Engineering Design)