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Metro Council Passes Proposal For New Sounds Ballpark

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Metro Council has overwhelmingly approved a new baseball park for the Nashville Sounds. It was the third and final reading on the proposal that will cost the city $65 million.

Three proposals were passed. The council voted 29-7 for the $65 million bond to cover the project. They voted 31-5 to acquire the land necessary for the stadium, and they passes a resolution to adjust the city's master development plan 34-2.

On the first and second reading the proposal also passed with an overwhelmingly majority.

The plan not only includes a ballpark at the historic Sulphur Dell location in Germantown, it also calls for residential and retail development.

"North Nashville is now going to get a shot in the arm. The historic Jefferson Street will get a great shot in the arm," said At-Large Council member Jerry Maynard.

Metro Council has wasted no time on the project in order to meet tight development deadlines, spending just a month discussing the project.

There were some members of the council who voiced concerns over the project. District 14 council member Bruce Stanley said all the recent investment in the downtown area was hurting the rest of Davidson County.

"Mayor Dean and the Dean administration has invested approximately $1 billion in the downtown area at the expense of the suburban communities of Davidson County," he said.

Council member Josh Stities said the project had too high of a price tag.

"So we are going to build a $65 million stadium for a team that's worth maybe $25 million, $20 million," he said.

Several Council members disagreed with Stites' assessment of the project, saying the money spent on the project would be returned in the economic resurgence of the area.

"It's going to spur a lot of economic development. It's a good first move for the city, to show the city is invested," said District 19 Council member Erica Gilmore, whose constituency includes the downtown and Sulfur Dell areas. "The more that people feel confident and you have more players and more partners invested in the area, it spurs economic development."

Construction will start at the beginning of the year and be complete in time for the 2015 season.

Council members have asked Nashville Mayor Karl Dean to have contractors commit to hiring local employees.

Many of the area residents have questioned the impact the project would have on traffic and parking in their communities.

A study detailing traffic recommendation shows there is plenty of parking available within a quarter mile to accommodate an average game. Parking spaces in Germantown were not factored into the count.

Both 3rd and 4th Avenues will be changed from one way streets, to two way, although 4th Avenue will be closed between Jackson Street and Harrison Street.

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