Developer plans demolition for RCA Studio A building - WSMV News 4

Developer plans demolition for RCA Studio A building

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Chances are you've heard a song or album recorded in RCA Studio A, but the historic studio is now scheduled to be demolished.

The new owners say the building is full of mold and asbestos and is beyond repair. A group trying to save the studio says that's not true.

Big names like Shania Twain, Billy Joel and Dolly Parton have all recorded at Studio A. It sat in anonymity, around the corner from tourist stop Studio B, until the recent sale.

Now, developer Tim Reynolds is proposing that condos replace the studio on Music Row.

The developer says the structural problems in the building present a danger that far outweighs any historical value.

Others say it shouldn't be enough to condemn the studio.

Award-winning producer and songwriter Trey Bruce admits there are some problems, but the building should be renovated and not destroyed.

"If you're a singer and you're singing in that studio, and all you have to do is get chill bumps on your arm is to think that Dolly Parton cut Jolene in there, you're probably going to sing a better performance," Bruce said.

The developer is moving forward, but while the Historical Commission reviews his application for a demolition permit, Bruce is rallying support to save Studio A.

"First of all, the building is full of happy tenants and a studio that works over 250 days a year," he said.

Country star Keith Urban has signed on with hundreds of others for a renovation rather than a rebuild on the 1964 building.

It's been done before. The Ryman Auditorium once faced a similar fate in the 1970s and rallied support to save it.

Tenants have to be out by Nov. 30. The developer has offered one option to save the building. He is open to selling it and will accept offers until the end of the month.

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