NASHVILLE, TN — For nearly a decade, the former home of the once-beloved and now-dilapidated Starwood Amphitheater has sat abandoned, rolling through owners and foreclosures as visions for the future of what was once Nashville’s premier music venue came into focus and then faded away.

Now, Franklin real estate investor Ron Buck says he’ll make a go of revitalizing the 65 acre tract at Hobson Pike and Murfreesboro Road.

From 1986 until the opening of what is now Bridgestone Arena in 1998, the 17,000-plus-seater Starwood was the city’s top venue, but the aging and increasingly outdated amphitheater struggled to compete before owner LiveNation announced its closure in 2006 and demolition of its infrastructure one year later. First purchased by Vastland shortly thereafter, which planned a huge multi-use project, it was taken over by Orange Murfreesboro in a friendly foreclosure. Buck bought the land for $2.1 million earlier this week.

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Buck said he foresees as many as 250 townhomes and 450,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and office space on the site. He has high hopes for the project, in part because utility infrastructure is already in place.

A meeting with Buck and area residents is set for late April, Metro Councilman Sam Coleman told The Tennessean.

"The townhomes and retail shops within this development will further improve an already growing area," Coleman told the newspaper. "The developer’s plan falls directly in line with the previous vision for redevelopment of this property."

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