Cloud Hill Partnership, a group that includes music producer T Bone Burnett, has been selected to redevelop the site of Greer Stadium. Its proposal beat out those from four other groups who were seeking to redevelop the former home of the Nashville Sounds (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League).
Greer Stadium has been vacant since the Sounds departed for First Tennessee Park after the 2014 season, prompting Nashville Metro officials to issue a request for proposals for the 21-acre site in January. Cloud Hill Partnership’s plan proposes the development of creative spaces for artists. It also features several other components, including about 300 units of affordable, market rate, and workforce housing; a retail area; and over eight acres of park space.
The group’s bid also details for a unique use for the land Greer Stadium occupies, as it would convert the area into a “great lawn” of recreational sports fields. More from The Tennessean:
Their proposal calls for a “great lawn” with recreational baseball and soccer fields where the dilapidated stadium currently sits, along with other smaller “neighborhood-scale” open spaces. A “ledge meadow” would offer access to adjacent Fort Negley as well as biking and other outdoor activities.
Their concept seeks to activate Chestnut Street while embracing pedestrian connectivity for the surrounding Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood by creating paths through the Greer site.
Rather than proposing to buy the land, Cloud Hill Partnership wants a public-private deal with the city in which the two parties would share revenue created by the site. The development team would offer a $1 million payment to the city and also chip in $7 million in private dollars for infrastructure work.
One notable aspect of this plan is that, while Greer Stadium itself would be demolished, its famed guitar-shape scoreboard would be left intact. The scoreboard (shown below) was a signature feature of Greer Stadium, and the Sounds have included a more modern replica of it at First Tennessee Park.
Along with Burnett, Cloud Hill Partnership includes The Matthews Company president Bert Matthews and investor Tom Middleton. Cloud Hill Partnership’s proposal is still contingent on completing negotiations with Nashville Metro mayor Megan Barry’s office. Greer Stadium opened in 1978, when the Sounds were still members of the Class AA Southern League. Our own Jarah Wright visited the site of Greer Stadium in the summer of 2016.