by Hunter R. Slaton | December 09, 2009

According to The Tennessean, Nashville's Mayor Karl Dean told the city council last Thursday that the city should go ahead with plans to build the new $585 million convention facility, Music City Center, but should wait on construction of the attached headquarters hotel, a $200 million, 1,000-room Marriott Marquis. The mayor told the council the hotel should be delayed until private financing is more readily available. Meanwhile, the new convention center will -- if approved -- be publicly funded by bonds.