Metro Archives no longer set for Hickory Hollow Mall location

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 7:35pm

Relocating the Metro Archives from Green Hills to struggling Hickory Hollow Mall in Antioch is off the table, and Metro won’t decide until this spring whether it will build a new library and community center in the mall.

In a letter sent Tuesday to Metro Councilman At-large Ronnie Steine, Metro Finance Director Rich Riebeling said the city lacks an agreement with the mall’s owner to purchase the property for the archives.

“We do not intend to include the Metro Archives in our plans for Hickory Hollow but will continue working with [Metro Public Library Director] Donna Nicely and the staff of the public library to find the most suitable and affordable location,” Riebeling wrote.

Riebeling could not immediately be reached Tuesday night for comment.

The letter also suggests Metro ultimately may not purchase the mall’s property to house a new public library or community center either.

“As you know, we had discussed locating the archives with the proposed move of the Southeast Public Library to a new location inside the old J.C. Penney’s building at the mall,” Riebeling wrote.

“Currently, we have no agreement with the building owners to purchase the property although we are in the process of obtaining an appraisal which we would use to come to a conclusion later this spring about whether to acquire the property for the library and community center,” he wrote. 

A letter sent to Mayor Karl Dean and authored by Councilman Eric Crafton Jan. 27, signed by several council members, had asked the mayor to consider moving the archives to the downtown Best West building.

Riebeling does not allude to Crafton’s letter in his letter to Steine.

Last year, the mayor had planned to move the fairgrounds expo center to Hickory Hollow Mall, while transforming the mall to hold a new public library, community center and archives building.

Those plans were pulled in early December when Dean retreated on his fairgrounds redevelopment plans. Still, his administration had indicated it planned on introducing an ordinance outlining a new set of leases to allow the public entities to open at Hickory Hollow. 

12 Comments on this post:

By: sealteam7 on 3/1/11 at 9:40

Doesn't Metro Nashville Government have a lot of existing empty building space that could be used to house the Archives? Then the valuable Green Hills property could be sold for development. Wouldn't this make better business sense?

By: sealteam7 on 3/1/11 at 9:40

Ship to Shore

By: sealteam7 on 3/1/11 at 10:02

Ship to Shore

By: MocMewn on 3/2/11 at 12:47

Yes, Metro has lots of empty buildings and vacant land that could be used for the Archives, BUT the Green Hills ciick never wanted the Archives to move, because then they would have to get in their car and drive to, dare I say the dirty word, Antioch!
The Archives ought to be located in a more central location. I would go there often were it not for the traffic, which is worse than Bell Road. It does make good business sense for the Green Hills property to be sold for development, as it is certainly one of the most valuable properties Metro owns. Which is why it will never happen.

The Archives and Community Center as well as the public Health Center were all part and parcel with the Flea Market/Expo Center. They were the "incentive" to promote the unreasonable rent Dean wanted to pay his cronies for Hickory Hollow leases. Without the taxable income from the Flea Market/Expo, there is no way to pay for the public services, without pulling the operating expenses from Metro's coffers.

By: tomw on 3/2/11 at 7:59

well, i must say that while disappointed, i'm not surprised. Most people believe that driving 10 miles is too far to go anywhere in Nashville. Hickory Hollow continues to empty out, and I feel that we are being abandoned just like Bellvue was. Lets continue to send all of our money to neighboring "donut" counties in the form of development and sales taxes.
As far as the Archive moving to Metro or State space... i hope everyone is prepared to pay $10.00 everytime you want to park to do some research downtown, cause we know theres no free lunch when it comes to parking in Nashville.
Deal or no deal, the idea of bringing services to southeast Nashville (Antioch) is needed, please get your heads and hearts in the right place, Nashville State, Library, Community Center are all needed. We pay taxes too. New Sounds Stadium downtown? Why?

By: Trumpetman on 3/2/11 at 8:54

I am so, so tired of this backwards city. I kind of had hope in Dean when he started to focus attention on the lacking Antioch area. He came with all these grand ideas, none of which he is following through with, nor even trying too. Dean didn't even consult with the community about trying to bring the WIC clinic, that was already opposed by the community a y. ear before, that should have been a red flag right there that it was all a trick... Hopefully Nashville State will put a satelite location in the Mall. The area needs a lot. Nashville loves to abondon area and continue to give more and more attention to areas that are already thriving. That must just be the Nashville way, in other words, poor, thoughtless planning.

By: govskeptic on 3/2/11 at 10:29

Archives aren't used by the typical Library users. Moving
this to Hickory Hollow was a bad idea and terrible location.
That is not to say a more user friendly, centrally located
facility, with a little better parking would be a good idea!

By: Trumpetman on 3/2/11 at 10:39

How would having it where it is be any better than it being at Hickory Hollow? Geographically I don't see it being any worse at Hickory Hollow as to where it is now in Green Hills. Having it in Hickory Hollow would have it closer to the interstate and other areas on the eastern and souther half of Davidson County. Tho it may not be for typical library user, those interested in doing research or those who may just want to check out the archives would come to it no matter where it its.

By: judyboodo@yahoo.com on 3/2/11 at 4:58

To address the large pachyderm in the room, the current location may not be any closer to most people but they will have a much better chance of going to it and leaving without getting carjacked or mugged.

By: tomw on 3/3/11 at 7:52

to judy,
I think if you will look at the crime statistics for Metro, yo might be surprised to see that more robberies occur in the Greenhills Mall area than in southeast. Covered parking and a oblivious attitude foster a wealth of opportunity for muggers and thieves. Im not talking about jewelry store robberies, im talking about people being robbed as they enter their cars with merchadise. Crime may have been higher in the past, but lets face it, not many people to rob in Hickory Hollow.

By: las04 on 3/3/11 at 10:39

It appears to me that Karl Dean and Richard Riebeling just can't get their act together. They don't do their homework, it's time for both to go...let's not forget the others in Deans staff either, they are the most unorganized group of people I have ever witnessed that hold these positions. WE the Davidson County taxpayers are paying for consulting firms to come in from other cities and states to do their jobs and we still end up with nothing. KARL DEAN AND HIS ENTIRE STAFF NEED TO GO.

By: BigPapa on 3/3/11 at 3:59

They could easily move the archives to an existing piece of metro property and sell that parcel for huge $$. They should also open a new Hillsboro HS and sell tha massive piece of property for even bigger dollars. The city shouldn't be sitting on a such a desirable hunk of land.