Creating Places: A Citizen Observer's Look at Nashville's Built Environment

Writer's Note: William Williams' interest in the manmade environment dates to 1970, at which point the then-young Williams started a collection of postcards of city skylines. The collection now numbers 1,000-plus cards. Among the writer's specific interests are exterior building design, city district planning, demographics, signage, mixed-use development, mass transit and green/sustainable construction and living. Williams began his Creating Places column with The City Paper in February 2005. The column in its original form was discontinued in September 2008 and reinvented via this blog in November 2008. Creating Places can be found on the home page of the website of The City Paper, at which Williams has worked in various capacities since October 2000.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Creating Places: Omni GM Q&A

With the Omni Hotel in SoBro slated to open Sept. 30, I touched based with General Manger Dan Piotrowski  to get his thoughts as to how the building will interact with the public realm. Via email, here is what Piotrowski had to say. 

Will you have an interior retail shop/market that the general public can use?
Absolutely, Five & TENN will feature everything Nashville. Omni is working to have a vast majority of the items sold in this shop proudly made in Tennessee.

How many of Omni's retail spaces will be accessible to the public via Fifth Avenue?
Four outlets will be accessible via Fifth Avenue: Bongo Java Coffee Shop, Bob’s Steak & Chop House, Barlines Live Music Venue and the retail shop. 
Omni will be the owner/operator of the venues.

How will motorists access the building and, as such, what type pedestrian safety safeguards will you put into place?
Omni will offer 24/7 valet parking at the main entrance on Korean Veterans Blvd.  Fifth Avenue will be very walkable. Omni will have a two additional hotel entrances located across from the Music City Center.
When will the Omni sign at the building's top and facing north be lit?
The sign will be lit by Labor Day.

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