Council preview: Renaissance deal, no-solicitation list up for final approval

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 9:41am

Mayor Karl Dean’s deal to lease space at the existing Nashville Convention Center, and a proposal to allow Nashville residents to register their homes on a no-solicitation list will be among the bills put to a final vote at tonight’s Metro Council meeting.

A slew of zoning ordinances will also be up for public comment.

Dean’s deal with the Renaissance Hotel would grant the hotel, which is currently located next door to the existing convention center, rent-free use of the facility’s ballroom and meeting space. In exchange, Metro gets out of a contractual obligation to operate a convention center at the location until 2017 — a particularly burdensome prospect, in light of the Music City Center, which is scheduled to open in May.

The deal also includes a 20-year room-block agreement under which the Renaissance would set aside 315 rooms for the Music City Center for three years and 400 rooms after that.

Also on the agenda, a proposal allowing the creation of a county-wide no-solicitation list, sponsored by Councilman Phil Claiborne, would allow any Metro Nashville resident to register their address by completing a form on the Metro clerk’s website. By doing so they would, according to the bill, “prohibit door-to-door commercial solicitation, other than the sale of books and other expressive works.”

For a full list of bills up for public hearing, click here.

1 Comment on this post:

By: Kosh III on 3/5/13 at 11:32

"other than the sale of books and other expressive works"

So encyclopaedia sales can still be door to door?

Why this exemption? Are we trying to keep Martha Ingram happy?