Tennessee State University is planning a sweeping, 84-acre development project along the Cumberland River.
Dubbed Cumberland City at TSU, the project is envisioned to include a hotel and conference center, a residential community and business incubation facility, along with innovation and research centers on the northwest side of campus. Plans for the site off Dr. Walter S. Davis Boulevard also call for a library and community resource center, a business partnership complex, restaurants and retail at the state's largest historically black university.
“If it’s developed as proposed, it will be a big plus for the community and the university,” said Metro Councilman Ed Kindall, whose district includes the university’s campus.
Kindall was among local community and business leaders present at a recent lunch gathering, where TSU President Glenda Glover shared the concept. Funding has been secured for a small portion of the project, with additional money expected to be pursued from the state and various private sources, Kindall said.