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Council Member Reveals Options for State Fairground

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NASHVLLE, Tenn.- What happens next to the state fairgrounds? It's a controversial question local leaders are preparing to answer.

Saturday, a few Metro Council Members stopped by to get some feedback. At last week's Council Meeting dozens spoke up against relocating the site. Now a second, very important vote is December 7th. One proposal is to move everything to Hickory Hollow Mall.

"I think there are other ideas both the redevelopment of this site, improvement of this site or possibly looking for other accessible locations and rebuild from scratch a modern facility that would serve the same needs," said Metro Councilmember Charlie Tygard.

"As a city we need to be serious about economic development.  The fairground is some of the most valuable property we own, and it's some of the most under utilized property we own.  And if we're serious about economic development, we gotta create opportunities where we can create jobs, expand our tax base, and make our city grow in a healthy way," said Nashville Mayor, Karl Dean.

Tygard says one area he's also considered is the Briley Parkway corridor, which is near the Whites Creek, Joelton area.

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