Council defers May Town Center

Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 12:13am

Metro Council members seemed to breathe a collective sigh of relief at Tuesday’s meeting when District 1 Councilman Lonnell Matthews Jr. followed through on his promise to defer the zoning change that would have brought May Town Center to rural Bells Bend.

Matthews said he wants to make sure the proposed May Town Center developers follow through on their promise to give a 250-acre gift to Tennessee State University for an agricultural research park. Developers have also promised a $400,000 endowment for the university.

The May Town Center proposal would have turned 520 acres of open space in pastoral Bells Bend into a mixed-use business park, residential, retail development. The zone change proposal was defeated by the Planning Commission last month, meaning it needed 27 Council votes in order to proceed.

Matthews deferred the zone change before opening it up to public hearing. Matthews has not commented directly on whether the crux of the May Town Center proposal will ever advance.

Instead his focus has turned to TSU, his alma mater, and making sure the land gift goes through.

Through a spokesperson, Bells Landing Partners said they “respect Councilman Matthews’ course of action and will work with him.”

10South development advances

A proposed development, which would bring 13,600 feet worth of restaurant, retail and office space to the Tenth Avenue South advanced on second reading.

The proposal, which received nearly equal opposition and support from neighbors, will still be tinkered with before Council votes on third reading, District 17 Councilwoman Sandra Moore said.

Neighbors were concerned because the surrounding properties are all residential and only 31 spaces are allotted for restaurant parking, even though the attached restaurant would seat 60 people.

 

9 Comments on this post:

By: imdyinhere on 7/8/09 at 7:26

Deferral? Until when? Sometime after the next million-dollar PR push?

By: Kosh III on 7/8/09 at 8:18

Hopefully it is deferred forever. It is a good idea in a terrible location.

By: BigPapa on 7/8/09 at 8:54

Has anyone said why we should build this new mini-city when Nashville has so many depressed and blighted areas of town?

By: grapa on 7/8/09 at 9:57

MTC is a good idea. It is also a good time to be progressive when the economy is down. Private money is going into the project so tie the developers down to making the commitment and continue.

This project may need tweeking to down size or other traffic accommodations, but it would work in that location. Land management should be followed with land preservation and agribusiness.

Neighborhood Detailed Design Plans are good for our city. But, going into each of the planning stages of a neighborhood it should be understood that all edges of the Detailed Design Plan there will be areas of buffer or transition into the next neighborhood.

By: gid on 7/8/09 at 3:00

MTC is a bad idea. Private money that will cost 26m in tax payer funds to keep running
Lets tweak it to fit into the fairgrounds and trade the land w. Leon May.
Neighborhood Design Plans that do not include MTC are a good idea

By: gid on 7/8/09 at 3:01

ps - TSU will not see any of the MTC land either

By: Equanimity on 7/8/09 at 5:14

Responding to: grapa on 7/8/09 at 9:57

MTC is a good idea. It is also a good time to be progressive when the economy is down. Private money is going into the project so tie the developers down to making the commitment and continue.

This project may need tweeking to down size or other traffic accommodations, but it would work in that location. Land management should be followed with land preservation and agribusiness.

Neighborhood Detailed Design Plans are good for our city. But, going into each of the planning stages of a neighborhood it should be understood that all edges of the Detailed Design Plan there will be areas of buffer or transition into the next neighborhood.

Tony, you should be in government, and likely will. "Land management should be followed with land preservation and agribusiness." What kind of gibberish is that? Does that get chicks for you? Is that what you mean by "agribusiness"? Getting chicks with gibberish?

Don't begin sentences with "but" but if you must the word it is never followed by a comma. Having dispatched that problem let's consider that sentence. HUH? More gibberish! What the heck are you talking about and how does it relate to Bells Bend or anywhere else?

If you were at the Council meeting last evening on the off chance that Lonnie Matthews pulled a fast one you witnessed an eloquent speech by former Councilman Ronnie Greer with a lesson in listening to the wants and needs of a neighborhood before going forth with a rezoning action. Council promptly ignored Greer's wise counsel.

The May Boys Town vote was a similar lesson. The Planning Commission will now address the West Nashville Community Plan update on the agenda of the next Planning Commission meeting on Thursday, July 23, 2009 in the Green Hills Room at Metro Southeast, 1417 Murfreesboro Pike.

Tony, if you plan to bring your ideas to that meeting, try to present them more clearly and without the gibberish, and conduct your agribusiness at Silverado's down the street after the meeting.

By: grapa on 7/8/09 at 9:34

Equa-who?

You admuse me with your misunderstanding of the facts by trying to impress with an attempt at being intelligent. Are you by any chance a grammar teacher, also? Good, then we can continue. Try reading "ALL" of the material and not just reacting to what you see at meetings. Try reading the material pertaining to thie issue and you can find the statements and wordage in the Scotsboro/Bells Bend Neighborhood Detailed Design Plan with ADA.

Also, try reading the first coupl of paragraphs and you will see that all stakeholders include planners, developers and institutions. Yes, thst means Tony, Mays family and TSU(included months after this document was written).

If you were up on "ALL' the facts you would understand all that is written here!

By: grapa on 7/8/09 at 9:38

Sorry: the, that , this. Equa-what? is also a typist in grammar school and would not error.