The Metro Council is set to decide tonight whether to move forward on land acquisition for a new 28th Avenue Connector that would improve the flow of traffic between north Nashville and West End.
The ordinance, which would authorize Metro to acquire lands near 28th Avenue and 31st Avenue through negotiation or condemnation, is up for the final of three votes at tonight’s council meeting.
Building the 28th Avenue Connector, a street project that city leaders have discussed for years, is part of Mayor Karl Dean’s capital-spending plan.
Other items on the council agenda:
• The council will consider a bill on second reading that would effectively give Omni Hotels a 62.5 percent property tax discount on its planned Nashville hotel that would anchor the new Music City Center.
The discount, which would run for 20 years following the opening of the hotel, is part of the package of incentives Metro would award Omni for being partners in the convention center headquarters hotel project.
In addition, Metro would deliver Omni $103 million in tax revenue generated by the hotel over the next 20 years, along with $25 million collected through tax increment financing.
The bill to be considered by the council would authorize the Metro Industrial Development Board to negotiate the tax discount with Omni.
• The council will consider a bill on second reading that would authorize the presence of pet dogs in outdoors areas of restaurants.
Currently, several establishments in Nashville offer special periods when patrons are welcome to bring their dogs onto the premises of the restaurant. Metro law, however, does not allow dogs in restaurants.
Animal-lover Councilwoman Karen Bennett, who represents parts of Inglewood, sponsored the bill.