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Hindu temple expands

Hindu temple expands

Author: Vandana Atreya, vatreya@nashvillecitypaper.com
Publication: The City Paper
Date: October 20, 2005
URL: http://www.nashvillecitypaper.com/index.cfm?section_id=9&screen=news&news_id=45287

The Hindu Cultural Center of Tennessee is building two new wings to the Ganesha Temple, 521 Old Hickory Blvd. in Bellevue.

Construction of the $4 million project, which will include a new education building, duplexes and parking spaces, is expected to start next spring.

"We started planning the extension about 14-15 months ago," said Dr. Naveen Srinivas, chairman of the temple Board of Trustees. "Plans got delayed because of the Tsunami disaster and the recent unfortunate demise of temple priest Girish Sharma."

Atkisson/Harrison and Associates, Architects Inc. were commissioned to come up with the design.

"The temple purchased about six or seven adjacent lots a few years ago. We have drawn up plans to use those lots for the new buildings. We are designing the educational facility so it can be expanded on both sides for future needs," architect Ken Atkisson said.

The first wing, a two-story, split-level, freestanding structure will be constructed up the hill, to the right of the temple. It will house an educational facility with a seniors lounge, music room, classrooms and several multi-purpose rooms.

The second wing will include three sets of duplexes for priest quarters.

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