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Brown County Commission Proposes New Concert Venue

  • The exterior of the Maple Leaf Performing Arts Center could look something like this conceptual photo.

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    Photo: Courtesy Barry Herring

    The exterior of the Maple Leaf Performing Arts Center could look something like this conceptual photo.

  • The interior of the Maple Leaf Performing Arts Center could look something like this conceptual photo.

    Image 2 of 4

    Photo: Courtesy Barry Herring

    The interior of the Maple Leaf Performing Arts Center could look something like this conceptual photo.

  • The interior of the Maple Leaf Performing Arts Center could look something like this conceptual photo.

    Image 3 of 4

    Photo: Courtesy Barry Herring

    The interior of the Maple Leaf Performing Arts Center could look something like this conceptual photo.

  • The Maple Leaf Performing Arts Center will be located on a tract of former farmland off of SR-46 near S. Snyder Rd.

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    Photo: Courtesy Barry Herring

    The Maple Leaf Performing Arts Center will be located on a tract of former farmland off of SR-46 near S. Snyder Rd.

The Brown County Convention and Visitors Commission is proposing the construction of a county-owned concert venue in Nashville.

The project would be paid for with the innkeeper’s tax, a 5 percent tax paid by any visitor who stays in a Brown County inn or hotel.

Commission member Barry Herring says when the Little Nashville Opry burned down in 2009, visitors to Brown County decreased significantly.

“We kept waiting on something to get built and then all of a sudden we kind of figured out if we have the mechanism, basically this tourist income tax dollar-based, that we can do it ourselves,” Herring says.

The venue is expected to bring significantly more visitors to the county, increasing the revenue from that innkeeper’s tax.

The 30,000 square foot venue is expected to cost just over $10 million dollars.

“But any profits that we generate from this we can give back to organizations like the community foundation, or we can give it the playhouse, etc.,” he says.

Earlier this week, the owner of the Little Nashville Opry confirmed that venue is also expected to be complete by 2018. Herring says he’s not concerned about the competition.

“I think that’s fabulous,” he says. “I think we welcome anyone that’s going to bring positive economic impact to the county.”

The commission signed an agreement for the property on Thursday, located at State Road 46 and S. Snyder Road.

The plan requires approval from various county government offices, but Herring anticipates breaking ground by December and opening the venue by the end of 2018.

The commission will present the plans for the project and take public comment at a meeting Tuesday night.

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