Clarksville, TN – Wjzm radio was first to report that there is an effort underway to build a convention center/hotel complex in Clarksville.
A group of investors led by a local physician has optioned land near the new hospital, and asked the Regional Planning Commission for zoning to allow for the facility.
Clarksville has already passed on an opportunity to build a convention center, defeating a referendum that would have used tax dollars to build it.
This project will be privately funded and would only require local governments to provide “infrastructure” needs such as electricity, gas and water, and possibly, small roads.
There has been no formal request made to local leaders, and when contacted, investors would not comment “on the record”.
Placing an “option” to buy land is no guarantee that the convention center will be built. It simply means that someone is “interested” in the property and now has a timetable to decide if and when they will “close” on the land.
Since this story was reported, it has been learned that there is also another group of investors interested in building a similar facility, but on a different plot of land, but near the same area as the hospital.
The prospect of a facility is years from reality, but is a positive indication that Clarksville is getting closer to having a much needed convention center.