Opryland Owner Wants To Build New Tourist Attraction In Nashville

Nashville (AP) -- Gaylord Entertainment Company wants to build a new tourist attraction near the Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville.

Gaylord told Nashville's planning commission it wants to expand its operations on 105 acres on the opposite side of Briley Parkway from its big hotel.

The filing says the planned expansion would require rezoning 80 acres of residential land, as well as 25 acres now designated for light commerce.

Gaylord's filing doesn't list specific plans, but it does request a change to "commercial attraction" zoning, a classification set aside for entertainment venues, amusement parks and other tourism-related activities.

Metro Councilman J.B. Loring, who represents the district and has talked to Gaylord about its plans, says the company would like to create an attraction that would embrace the company's country music and Grand Ole Opry heritage.

Gaylord formerly owned the Opryland USA theme park, but closed it in 1997 and sold the rides to other parks.

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