Historic 2nd Ave Rebuild & Recovery Information

As Nashville works through the response, recovery and the rebuilding of historic 2nd Avenue and beyond, the Nashville Downtown Partnership is working with Metro Departments, GHP's Ron Gobbell, FAIA, and key stakeholders connecting affected parties and the general public with helpful information as needed. The below information is updated regularly.

 

Recorded Zoom Presentations

  • Watch the recording from the February 26 webinar featuring information about funding support available through Catholic Charities HERE.
  • Watch the recording from the March 12 webinar featuring information about the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Disaster Loan opportunities, HERE. 
  • Watch the recording from the April 23 webinar featuring recommendations for the future of Second Avenue and the surrounding area HERE. (If you cannot access this webinar, please create a FREE ULI account HERE). 
  • Watch the recording from the May 24 webinar featuring information about the reopening of Second Avenue HERE.

 

Stay Informed

  • hubNashville is the primary resource for Metro-related information about bombing event and its affect on properties, utilities, etc.
  • This 2nd Avenue Community Planning Study site provides updates to ongoing discussions related to the vision for the future of the 2nd Avenue area, lead by Metro Planning Department, GHP, Civic Design Center, Mayor Cooper's Office, and the community at large.
  • Review this page for information about public access, ways to help, and ways to get help if you're an affected individual/business.
  • If you aren't already, connect with the Nashville Downtown Partnership for evolving information about downtown: join our weekly e-newsletter HERE or follow us on social channels: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

 

Understand Accessibility Limitations On/Near 2nd Ave

  • Church Street between 1st Ave and 3rd Ave reopened to public traffic. However, some sidewalks adjacent to ongoing construction will remain closed
  • 2nd Ave between Church St and Union St returned to original traffic patterns of one-way traffic.
  • Metro Ordinances have been reinstated on 2nd Ave between Broadway and Commerce which includes vehicles, traffic, and parking regulations being returned and enforced. 
  • 1st Avenue is open for northbound vehicle traffic. The southbound lane will remain closed until further notice. 
  • 2nd Ave between Broadway and Commerce is expected to open to public vehicular traffic in the near future and will continue to be a construction and loading area.  THIS AREA IS OPEN TO PEDESTRIANS and many businesses between Broadway and Commerce have reopened and are ready to serve you. Visit a 2nd Avenue business and show that you are #2ndAveStrong!

 

Support Affected Neighbors

  • 2nd Ave Strong Fund: The District, Inc and Metro Historical Commission Foundation has created a fund to help restore the vitally important historic district of 2nd avenue. The funds will be used to help support structural assessments of and facade repairs to the irreplaceable historic buildings impacted by the explosion. Donations are accepted HERE
  • Nashville Neighbors Fund: The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and NewsChannel 5 are supporting survivors and businesses in the area affected by the blast. The fund will make grants to nonprofits which will support immediate and long-term needs arising from the bombing. You can donate HERE or call The Community Foundation at 615-321-4939.
  • Restore the Dream Fund: United Way of Greater Nashville is accepting donations to provide long-term disaster recovery support. Visit unitedwaygreaternashville.org or text “RESTORE 20” to 41444 to donate.
  • Food and Essential Items: The Community Resource Center is providing immediate assistance to survivors through food and essential item donations. Click HERE to help.
  • Gift Cards:
    • The Salvation Army – Nashville Area Command is assisting survivors with urgent needs of food, transportation, and healthcare through Kroger Gift Cards, UBER Rides and UBER Eats. Gifts can be made in support of this disaster response HERE.
    • Catholic Charities, Diocese of Nashville is providing emergency financial assistance, counseling, job training, housing stability, hunger relief, and more. Gifts in support of their disaster relief efforts can be made HERE.
    • The NCVC will distribute gift cards to employees/individuals affected by the bombing, beginning in early January. You can contribute towards this effort HERE. 

 

For Affected Individuals 

  • Temporary Parking Permits: The Nashville Downtown Partnership has temporary parking permits so individuals can easily obtain items from their property.
  • Lodging Assistance: Many hotels are offering special rates to affected/displaced individuals and first responders/government officials. For a list of these resources/discounts, please contact Jeanette Barker at jbarker@nashvilledowntown.com 
  • Food Assistance: Individuals in need of emergency food assistance can text ‘FEEDS’ to 797979 or visit SecondHarvestMidTN.org to access Second Harvest’s Find Food tool to locate the nearest food distribution.
  • Utility Assistance: The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and Nashville Electric Service (NES) have teamed up to help residents, employees and businesses affected by the bombing pay their NES bills. To apply for utility assistance (up to $300 for residents), visit NeedLink Nashville. 
  • Assistance for Spanish Speakers: Call Conexión Americas at 615-270-9252 for assistance.
  • Applications for Funding/Loans:
    • Individuals living within 1/2 mile from explosion site (166 2nd Ave N) can apply to the Nashville 30 Day Fund for forgivable loans up to $100,000.
    • Catholic Charities organized Nashville Strong Assistance Fund a specially funded program that will grant funds to individuals living or working within the explosion perimeter. Applicants can apply at nashvillestrong2021.org beginning January 1. 
    • The Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering disaster assistance in the form of low interest loans to affected businesses, nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters. Loans are currently available for economic injury claims (10/28/21 deadlline). Apply HERE.
    • Job Assistance: The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce has compiled a list of companies that have immediate job opportunities for employees that have been displaced by this event. View their website, HERE. 

 

For Affected Merchants and Businesses

  • Business Recovery Resources: The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce has compiled a list of recovery resources for impacted businesses including unemployment assistance for business owners, SBA contacts and business-to-business resources. Visit the website, HERE.
  • Interim Work Space:The Nashville Entrepreneur Center is extending an offer to the directly impacted businesses and residents to work out of the EC at 41 Peabody Street during our open hours this week. The EC will provide free wifi, co-work style seating, free parking, and a welcoming community while following COVID guidelines. To inquire, contact the EC at 615-873-1257 (ask for "Zap"), or haley.zapolski@ec.com 
  • Utility Assistance: The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and Nashville Electric Service (NES) have teamed up to help residents, employees and businesses affected by the bombing pay their NES bills. To apply for utility assistance (up to $1200 for businesses), visit NeedLink Nashville. 
  • Applications for Funding/Loans:
    • Individuals living within 1/2 mile from explosion site (166 2nd Ave N) can apply to the Nashville 30 Day Fund for forgivable loans up to $100,000.
    • Catholic Charities organized Nashville Strong Assistance Fund a specially funded program that will grant funds to individuals living or working within the explosion perimeter. Applicants can apply at nashvillestrong2021.org beginning January 1. 
    • The Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering disaster assistance in the form of low interest loans to affected businesses, nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters. Loans are available for both physical damage AND economic injury impact. Apply HERE.