Council gives green light for 28th Avenue Connector

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at 12:34am

The Metro Council voted to move forward last night on land acquisition for a new 28th Avenue Connector that should improve the flow of traffic between north Nashville and West End.

Mayor Karl Dean set aside $18 million in his capital spending plan for the project, which city leaders have discussed for years, though never carried out.

Tuesday night’s approval –– the final of three votes –– authorizes Metro to acquire lands near 28th Avenue and 31st Avenue through negotiation or condemnation.

Some council members celebrated the vote, citing how the new connector will bridge the historically African-American north Nashville neighborhood with the West End area.

“This is historic,” At-large Councilman Jerry Maynard said. “There are either roads, bridges and/or railroads that separate certain communities. For a long time, since 1995, I’ve heard about the need for us to connect 28th to West End Avenue.

“We are finally taken action after all these years,” Maynard said.

• The council also approved a resolution that enters Metro into an agreement with the Metro Transit Authority to acquire the former Peterbilt site in Madison.

MTA plans to use parts of the facility to house its administrative offices.

Dean has set aside $16 million in his capital spending plan to upgrade the Peterbilt site, which will eventually include a new police precinct and crime lab, in addition to the MTA offices.

MTA is contributing $9.4 million toward purchasing of the property. Dean’s capital spending plan includes $6.6 million toward the purchase price.

• On second reading, the council voted for a bill that would effectively give Omni Hotels a 62.5 percent property tax discount on its planned Nashville hotel that would anchor the new Music City Center.

The discount, which would run for 20 years following the opening of the hotel, is part of the package of incentives Metro would award Omni for being partners in the convention center headquarters hotel project.

In addition, Metro would deliver Omni $103 million in tax revenue generated by the hotel over the next 20 years, along with $25 million collected through tax-increment financing.

 

18 Comments on this post:

By: Myth_of_the_Nob... on 10/6/10 at 12:22

Halleluiah, thank you Council, thank you Mayor. That’s probably the last time you’ll hear it on this forum; I felt I had to express gratitude as a voice of sanity for this worthy project before the general theme of the discussion descends into lunacy and paranoia. Maybe ten years from now the critics of this project will look back on this day and realize their fears were founded in their prejudices rather than their faculties for reason and compassion.

-MythOfTheNobleSavage

By: Captain Nemo on 10/6/10 at 5:10

It will make it easier and safer to get to West End now. Now I want have to navigate around traffic in and around Centennial Park.

By: Tennesseun on 10/6/10 at 7:16

This will open North Nashville up to West End and be a tremendous help.

By: dangerlover on 10/6/10 at 9:06

For the record, Captain Nemo, 31st avenue goes right through Centennial Park. So you will still "have to navigate in and around" it. Edith Langster held a meeting last week to drum up support for this project...we learned a lot of things about it that the general public don't know. For example: the bridge will have bike lanes but neither 31st nor 28th will. 31st is 4 lanes, 28th is 2, and Ms. Langster would shoot down any move to widen 28th. Effectively, they have legislated the creation of a highway through one of the more historic neighborhoods in Nashville. Those of you who are all for this project should consider it from the perspective of the people who live in the area where it is being built.

By: richgoose on 10/6/10 at 9:34

I had hoped that instead of a connector from North Nashville to West End that that build a fence around North Nashville.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/6/10 at 9:52

dangerlover-

For the record 31st avenue is to the west of the park, it does not go thought the Centennial Park at all and I would still drive through your neighborhood with or with the connector. As for bike lanes it is just a matter of painting line on the street. That is not a big neal.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/6/10 at 9:53

At less the goose is honest.

By: dangerlover on 10/6/10 at 11:08

Actually, you're wrong. The section of the park on the other side of 31st from the Parthenon is still Centennial Park, genius. This is why the plans for revamping Centennial Park include a land bridge over 31st avenue. If you're going to accuse someone of being dishonest, you should try to know what you're talking about.

Congratulations on the realization that bike lanes are no more than lines on a street. So are car lanes, dick. And bike lanes ARE a big deal (deal is spelled with a 'd') to people who ride bikes, but they don't do much good if they only extend for 200 yards.

By: Alphadog7 on 10/6/10 at 11:21

31st goes around Centennial Park and stops. Now it will continue on, through the HCA campus, over the tracks and join 28th. So it really does not effect the park, except to eliminate some traffic.

Its a good idea from a traffic flow perspective, but not sure I understand the big deal about race and history...

Bike lanes and encouraging other types of transport is always a good idea...

By: dangerlover on 10/6/10 at 11:32

No it doesn't. See above. And I think you meant to say "affect." It's a common mistake amongst idiots.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/6/10 at 3:33

I try to keep it civil but dangerlover wants to resort to name calling, must be the sore loser gene in him. What don’t you be honest like richgoose and telling what you really don’t like?

By: dangerlover on 10/6/10 at 5:06

First of all, your sentences don't even make sense. Must be the retard gene in you. Secondly, here's what I don't like:

I don't like people who don't live in my neighborhood using my neighborhood as their highway.

I don't like my city spending $20 million on something that is not needed.

I don't like the fact that our neighborhood was promised infrastructural improvements a decade ago that we never received.

I don't like people who obviously don't know what they are talking about trying to espouse complete crap about a subject that has little effect on them, but huge effects on others.

I don't like not being able to get out of my driveway in the morning because there are a bunch of idiots speeding on residential streets to get to their crappy job at HCA.

I don't like being represented by someone like Edith Langster...someone who obviously doesn't care about the element of her district that contributes the lion's share of the property tax revenue but constitutes maybe 10% of the populace.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/7/10 at 7:06

The road was there befor you, dangernut.

By: dangerlover on 10/7/10 at 8:21

The connector wasn't, moron.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/7/10 at 8:45

There you go again, with the name calling.

There has been traffic on 31st Ave for a long time and yes there will be more now. However if you want to live in a neighborhood that does not have traffic you should move to the country.

It is call progress and you lost.

By: dangerlover on 10/7/10 at 1:21

It is called an education and you don't have one.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/7/10 at 2:54

You still lost and I will drive over the collector.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/7/10 at 2:55

BTW I drove on 31st twice today.