Mayor Karl Dean rolled out his 2011 capital spending proposal Friday — a $210 million plan which includes big-ticket items for southeast Nashville.
The highlight of the plan is a revitalization effort at Hickory Hollow Mall. Metro will spend $18 million to improve the declining shopping center, adding a new library and archives, a public health center, a community center and a park.
A new addition to the property will serve as an expo center to house the flea market and other events to be dislocated by the closure of the Tennessee State Fairgrounds.
"Southeast Davidson County is one of the fastest-growing parts of our city, and it's a community where demands for services continue to grow," Dean said. "These new public facilities will be breathe new life into Hickory Hollow Mall and benefit the surrounding retail and commercial areas by attracting more visitors and creating a more stable business environment."
A new elementary school will also be built in the area.
The $18 million Hickory Hollow plan accounts for much of the $50 million difference between the capital-spending plan rolled out Friday and the original, $160 million proposal announced by the Dean administration in late April. The implementation of that plan was delayed by the flooding.
At the news conference, Metro Finance Director Richard Riebeling said he was unable to provide information on the remainder of the difference. The City Paper will update this story when that information is available.
Dean said he hopes negotiations with the mall's owner, CBL, will be completed soon, and the in-mall projects will be up and running "as fast as possible." Riebeling said Metro will lease much of the existing space with a look to eventual purchase, though those details have not been finalized.
Also included in the plan are two new police precincts to serve south Nashville and the Madison area, a move Dean said will make the entire city safer.
"It will allow us to redraw the precinct boundaries, making the precincts smaller," he said.
The mayor also committed to $15.5 million in new sidewalks and bike paths, and $20 million in road and other infrastructure improvements, including the long-awaited 28th Avenue connector.