Downtown Nashville has seen unprecedented growth, and with that growth, safety and traffic issues but residents may get a new police substation and the construction won’t cost taxpayers anything, courtesy of Garth Brooks. The country music superstar is working with the Metro Nashville Police Department to develop the substation, which will help with those issues in the busy entertainment district.
According to a release from the Nashville mayor’s office, Brooks is covering the cost of the development of the substation and the control room. Subject to Metro Council approval, Metro will also authorize commonplace condemnation of an alley adjacent to the building at 411 Broadway. Metro Government authorizes between 15 and 30 alleyways each year to developers, property owners and other parties as part of standard city planning. The substation, as well as a Nashville Department of Transportation and Multimodal Infrastructure (NDOT) traffic control room, will be in the same building as Brooks’ Friends in Low Places Bar & Honky-Tonk, which isn’t open yet. He purchased the three-story, 40,000-square-foot property located at 411 Broadway in December 2021. Brooks announced the bar’s opening last April.
“Lower Broadway is an iconic destination for fans of world-class music, sports and a good time, but as Nashvillians know well, it can also create safety and traffic challenges that my office is working hard to tackle across multiple fronts,” Mayor John Cooper said in a statement. “I commend Garth Brooks for stepping up to help make Lower Broadway safer and more enjoyable for everyone. These additional resources will add new tools to reduce traffic and improve community safety downtown while continuing to prioritize other initiatives for neighborhoods and families throughout Davidson County.”