The historic Nashville music venue the Exit/In has been officially saved. Thousands of people and thousands of dollars had been raised to buy the building back from a development company that had bought the property. The developer now says the plan was to keep the Exit/In the whole time. Now the focus of the development group is to have the Exit/In on the national register of historic places.
The developer Ben Weprin with Adventurous Journey released a statement last night.
“Confidentiality was waived this afternoon, so we are now able to speak to the community about our plan for preserving Nashville’s beloved EXIT/IN, which was always our intent for the iconic music venue (the intent was never a hotel or any other use for the space). Our goal and company mission statement is to conserve and preserve while maintaining the health and vibrancy of the communities we invest in. The EXIT/IN is no exception. In fact, the artist community was first to put the need for iconic venue preservation and assistance on our radar. Those conversations are also driving our first action as owners: to add the EXIT/IN to the National Register of Historic Places, so that nobody can ever alter or change the space, as it belongs to Music City. We realize that the delay in our ability to respond has led to dollars spent by hardworking folks, and that’s why we’d like to refund all donations made on behalf of the EXIT/IN, so donors can redirect that money toward other worthy causes. Donors are invited to send a copy of their original donation receipt to the Preserve EXIT/IN GoFundMe to EXITINPreserved@ajcpt.com. As incoming stewards, we thank you for your passion and commitment to this great city. We look forward to seeing the return of live music to its stage.”
— Ben Weprin, Founder of Adventurous Journeys, Nashville, Tennessee.
For the previous two stories written about the Exit/In click on the links below