Nashville Could See Its First ‘Innovation District’ in Antioch
Changes are coming to dead space in Antioch and it could happen relatively soon, as soon as early next year. An “innovation district” is being proposed to the former Global Mall, according to The Tennessean, and the district would be designed for startups and tech companies.
Ben Freeland is the man behind the plan for the dead space just south of Nashville proper. He’s the owner of a car dealership and he wants to change the dead mall into something useful. He’s now under contract to purchase the space, which is 600,000 square feet.
The early plans for the former Global Mall include offices for businesses and startups and residential buildings. These plans also include space for entertainment and retail but no names for businesses or tenants have been released. He also hopes to make the parking lot into a walkable area with streets and sidewalks.
Although these plans mean major changes for the space, Freeland doesn’t intend to tear the Global Mall down. Instead, he wants to transform it. “We’re in an innovation desert between St. Louis and Atlanta,” he told the newspaper. “This is how we leverage someone like Amazon relocation here and all these universities in the area are creating educated students who want to start their own businesses.”
These plans are still being finalized but you can find out more information here.