A new concert venue in Brown County has all the government approvals needed to move forward, and county officials expect to break ground this spring.
The Maple Leaf Performing Arts Center will be a 2,000-seat venue located on State Road 46, just outside Nashville city limits. The project will be county-owned, so the proposal required approval from several Brown County boards and commissions.
The original timeline was to break ground by the end of this year, but the cold weather became a barrier.
Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Jane Ellis says it’s an exciting time for the community.
“I think when you think of tourism, you think of Brown County,” Ellis says. “And this is just going to be one more of our assets.”
The original plan included two entrances to the venue, but the idea of widening the existing Hawthorne Drive sparked criticism from nearby residents. Ellis says officials now know state regulations only require one entrance, so the Hawthorne Drive plan has been abandoned in favor of an entirely new drive down the road.
Ellis says they’ll accept a construction bid soon and break ground by Spring 2018. The Maple Leaf could open by summer 2019.
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