A resolution supporting a proposed East Nashville waste transfer station was struck down by the Metro Council on Tuesday night by a 37-1 vote. And even though the decision wasn't contentious, opponents of the 100,000-square-foot waste warehouse packed the council chambers.
District 5 Councilman Scott Davis said the process had "a lot of sweat and a lot of tears and for some constituents, a lot of blood." The community opinion was "overwhelmingly clear" that district residents opposed the development of a garbage facility at 1000 Apex St., Davis said.
At-large Councilman Jerry Maynard was the lone dissenter, but he clarified his position on Tuesday night. Maynard said he simply believes a commercial entity was better than the crime that he claims currently occurs at the abandoned lot.
"I know the waste station is not the preferred business for that abandoned building," Maynard said. "I would ask that you would come together and say that the status quo for that site is unacceptable."
Maynard said he talked to two families who lived next to the proposed site — and they complained about crime and illegal dumping.
"Don't abandon those families that live across the street from this horrendous site that is a dump," Maynard said. "Work together with them."
The crowd at the chamber applauded when the council struck down the waste transfer station.
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