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Cowan St. would be center of Production Row activity

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With new television shows, movies and music videos shooting in Nashville, production space is often at a premium.

Now, there is a plan to build two large soundstages near downtown and rename the area Production Row.

It's not unusual to see a tour bus loading up, or a big artist rehearsing, at Soundcheck Studios along the north bank of the Cumberland River.

With several other production-related companies moving into town, and a big development planned, some say naming the area Production Row makes sense.

"With all these new things happening in Nashville, so many genres of music, we feel Cowan Street is the hub of the production side of it," said Soundcheck owner Ben Jumper.

As countless artists rehearse, rent and store gear, and crews film numerous productions, space in Nashville is often too small or always booked.

That is why Jumper is working with Chicago developers planning to build two new soundstages like you would find in Los Angeles.

It is a first, he says, for Tennessee.

"We've had several of the acts say, 'we want the first 30 days in the room.' The big acts here in Nashville that take out the big full production," Jumper said.

The buildings would go near Soundcheck on Cowan Street, which is still largely an industrial area.

Recently, two major lighting and video production companies have moved into the area, and there's already an audio business nearby.

That is a big reason Metro Councilman Scott Davis is proposing renaming the area Production Row.

He is also pushing for rezoning in the area, which could make way for a marina, restaurant and condos.

"Our goal is to make this whole area a redevelopment zone and to include those additional areas to develop to hug that riverfront," Davis said.

The plan is to have those soundstages built by early 2014, but at this point things are still in the planning stages.

As far as the name change, that is expected to go before the Metro Council later this month.

Davis said the council may also consider calling the area Production Row at Cowan Street to preserve the historic Cowan family name.

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