Critics Blast Proposed Homeless High-Rise

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Homeless advocates have blasted Mayor Briley's plan to pay a private developer to build an apartment complex for Nashvillians living on the streets.

"The homeless community, my brothers and sisters, we don't like it at all. This is just a wheel-and-deal situation, it's almost like a smack in the face to us, and we're just supposed to lay down and take it," said Howard Allen.

As part of the plan, the city would pay $25 million to developer Tony Giarratana to build an 8-story apartment building on Church Street.

Giarratana would also get an acre of land to build another residential unit. Critics say the deal is too expensive, unfairly awarded and it should have been decided with public input.

Homeless advocate Howard Allen wants to ask Metro Council to create their own homeless community on 17 acres off of Eaton's Creek Road.

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