Council ditches plan for Hickory Hollow Mall WIC clinic

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 1:40am

The Metro Public Health Department will have to look beyond Hickory Hollow Mall if it wants to build a new women and children’s clinic in the Antioch area.

An ordinance that would have launched such a facility inside the struggling mall has been deferred indefinitely on third reading by the Metro Council at the request of District 32 Councilman Sam Coleman, who represents residents near the mall.

The decision to move for deferral came the day after a spirited community meeting where, according to Coleman, more than 150 residents attended, with the majority expressing disapproval of using the mall to house the clinic.

The health department’s Women, Infants and Children program –– more commonly known by its acronym WIC –– provides nutrition education to low-income pregnant and postpartum women, infants and children 5 and younger at its three Davidson County facilities.

The department’s hope was to add a fourth WIC clinic at the Hickory Hollow Mall, but the majority of neighbors objected to the proposal, maintaining it would have an adverse effect on the mall’s business and surrounding property values.

“My neighbors want me to make it very, very clear they are not against the WIC program in Antioch,” Coleman said. “It’s just that the WIC program in the mall is not a good fit at this time.”

If Metro can’t locate another site in his district, Coleman said the health department is willing to work with Council members who represent other Antioch area districts ––Robert Duvall, Vivian Wilhoite and Duane Dominy –– to find a destination for the proposed clinic.


14 Comments on this post:

By: sidneyames on 12/16/09 at 7:15

Of course, it's not a good fit. If you have babies and you can't afford to feed them, how will your foot traffic enhance sales at the mall? It won't. We want business at the mall. Put the WIC program in with another government program at another government building. It's just plain common sense. Let's use some.

By: Kosh III on 12/16/09 at 7:29

Common sense? Our Council?
Get real sid.

By: tomw on 12/16/09 at 8:18

I live across the street from the mall.
I don't believe that the mall is the best location for the office, BUT there are several empty storefronts, restaurants and bank buildings surrounding the mall that would be suitable locations. One concideration must be proximity to public transportation, and MTA services the mall.
Previous posters have commented that the feel that Hickory Hollow Mall serves only black and hispanic customers, this is definately not the fact. I know that people think that this is a racial issue, it is NOT. Wic services people of all races. the only concideration is economic.
I know that many people from all over South Davidson County would benefit from this important program. My only hope is that during this Holiday season in a troubled time, that we try to be generous, loving and forgiving just like Jesus directed us to be.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/16/09 at 8:35

sid, it's helped 100 Oaks. what are the objections of the Antioch residents? I don't really understand.

By: Kosh III on 12/16/09 at 8:50

100 oaks was not a WIC office, it was a whole complex of physicians offices etc. People go there for many reasons and the clients who go are from a variety of income levels.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/16/09 at 8:57

okay, now i get it. Vanderbilt vs. WIC.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/16/09 at 8:58

so the NIMBY crowd doesn't want it.

By: BigPapa on 12/16/09 at 9:23

C'mon blanket that's a cheap shot. Do you want a WIC office next to your house or place of business??
Look if you want HH Mall to EVER get back to being decent, putting WIC there would be one of the LAST things you do. You only do that once you've written an area off as "trash". For an example, look what Nashville did to East Nashville all those years.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/16/09 at 10:13

So where should it go? And an area of town will be written off as "trash" because of WIC?

By: tomw on 12/16/09 at 1:15

I can only hope that the propsed Nashville State South Campus proposal goes through, and actually happens. we are hemmoraging stores at the mall, with more to close after the first of the year. It will be a moot point sooner or later, come WIC or not. I am really tired of the money flight out of the Antioch area. Soon there will be nothing left on Bell Road but fast food and apartments.
Bellview, Antioch and other areas need Metro support more than we need a new convention center downtown.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/16/09 at 1:41

i definitely agree with you on that, tomw.

By: DustyU on 12/16/09 at 2:55

Yeah we can't have have "those" people in our mall! And we're not bigots - we have friends that are "like them". The NIMBY crowd strikes again. And this is the mall that was rated among the nation's most likely to close. So I really don't want to here the whining and requests for tax money that are sure to materialize after it dies and becomes even more of a dumping ground for security thugs and drug dealers.


By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/16/09 at 4:24

Dusty, that's the thing I don't understand. Having the WIC there would be 10x better than it being vacate. That would definitely draw more crime. Many "dead malls" are becoming medical centers.

By: DustyU on 12/16/09 at 4:32

NIMBY's don't reason. They just react and whine when they reap the results of their bigotry.