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VIDEO: LifeWay tower imploded to make way for new development

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The LifeWay tower in downtown Nashville imploded on Saturday morning to make way for a high-end, mixed-use development called Nashville Yards.

The implosion occurred at 9:30 a.m. A 700-foot perimeter was set up around the site.

“In Nashville, and nationwide, I think the trend you see across the country is more people wanting to live and work in urban centers,” said attorney Charles Robert Bone.

Bone represents Southwest Value Partners, the real estate group behind the project that includes new retail, hotel and entertainment areas over 15 acres.

“A walkable, live-work-play neighborhood unlike anything you’ve seen downtown,” Bone said.

Bone said the LifeWay building has to be imploded to make way for what’s taking the space next.

“Really going back 200 years, it was a rail yard, it was a stone yard. That area really has evolved with the commerce in the city,” he said.

A groundbreaking ceremony was also held Saturday for the Hyatt Regency going in at the corner of 10th Avenue and Broadway, near where the building stands now.

LifeWay has moved to the Capitol View development. Their former building has been undergoing months of demolition work.

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