Athletic Complex Land Purchase Approved In Clarksville

Posted at 2:53 PM, May 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-18 17:36:55-04

With a second and final vote standing at 8 to 4 to purchase land for the Clarksville Family Athletic Complex, the Clarksville City Council gave its final approval in favor of the purchase.

The approval was for the purchase of 300 acres of land off Rossview Road near Interstate 24.

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan had called for a special city council meeting Thursday to discuss a new ordinance that would pave the way for the athletic complex.

Just two weeks ago, the council rejected a plan for a multi-million dollar athletic complex project backed by the Mayor.

"I think that the project was too big, and I think the need for infrastructure were too great," said Jeff Burkhart, Council member.

Though Mayor McMillan said she didn't find those concerns valid, she went back to the drawing board.

"I'm going to continue to build roads to work on our roads to try to relieve a lot of the traffic congestion regardless if we have this particular park or not," said Mayor McMillan.

The second version was voted on during Thursday's meeting and involved a smaller tract of land to consider and was $1 million cheaper. It passed by a vote of eight to five.

Again, the second and final vote Friday afternoon also passed 8 to 4.