Dean, council change course on fairgrounds plans

Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 9:14pm

After weeks of intensified scrutiny over Mayor Karl Dean’s proposal to transform the Metro-owned Tennessee State Fairgrounds, a handful of Metro Council members have filed legislation that will effectively bail him out, keeping the expo center at the site and all but guaranteeing that next year’s state fair will be in Davidson County.

According to multiple sources, the Dean administration fully supports the plan.

The bill, filed Wednesday evening, would require the five-member Metro Board of Fair Commissioners to negotiate with the Tennessee State Fair Association to keep the 2011 state fair at the Nashville site. The fair association — a nonprofit group of statewide interests formed in response to Dean’s plans — has had difficulty finding a comparable site for a fair in the county. And chair John Rose told The City Paper earlier this week that the mayor’s office has shown little interest in keeping next year’s fair in Nashville.

The bill would also keep the expo center at the current fairgrounds location, and begin the demolition process of the racetrack on the property to make way for a 40-acre park along Browns Creek.

Councilwoman Sandra Moore, whose district includes the fairgrounds site on Nolensville Road, is the lead sponsor of the bill. She could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday night.

Dean’s administration has faced tough criticism over the past several months for its concept to redevelop the 117-acre fairgrounds site into a mixed-use complex likely to be dominated by corporate offices. The administration pursued legislation that would move the fairgrounds’ expo center and flea market into the failing Hickory Hollow Mall, along with certain city-backed service centers, including a health clinic. The total price tag for the plan is about $18 million.

The proposal to move the expo center and flea market to the mall has drawn the most criticism. Councilman Duane Dominy filed an opposition bill that would maintain the status quo at the fairgrounds, but it was deferred indefinitely amid questions from the council’s attorney. Informed of the new legislation by The City Paper Wednesday night, Dominy said he wasn’t prepared to comment.

At-large councilwoman Megan Barry, a co-sponsor of the bill, said it represents the concerns citizens have brought forth in recent weeks.

“I think it’s a really positive move,” Barry said Wednesday night. “I think this helps us continue to do what voters in Davidson County want us to do. We’re listening.”

Councilman Rip Ryman is also a co-sponsor.

“I just think it’s the right thing to do,” Ryman said. “I’ve had some reservations about the Hickory Hollow leases. I’m not sure a flea market would work in a mall, although it has happened in some cities around the country. I just felt we probably needed to take a step back, leave it there for awhile, and hopefully the city can find some other property to really build an expo center.”

Ryman also confirmed that Dean is on board with the new initiative.

In a news release emailed Wednesday night, Save My Fairgrounds spokesman Darden Copeland accused Dean of playing politics with the issue.  

"With nine months before his re-election, this is nothing more than 'election year' politics," Copeland said. "It is a thinly veiled attempt to kick the can down the road until after the upcoming Metro elections."

The administration has said the fairgrounds loses money consistently, and that if it continues to operate as it is now for 2011, Metro would have to dip into its general fund to keep up its operations.

Janel Lacy, Dean’s spokeswoman, did not respond to multiple phone calls and emails requesting comment Wednesday night. Metro Finance Director Richard Riebeling, who has spearheaded the administration’s economic efforts on the fairgrounds proposal, did not return a voicemail message left Wednesday night. Neither did Deputy Mayor Greg Hinote. 

The bill will come up for first reading at the council’s Dec. 21 meeting. Council members Ronnie Steine and Anna Page round out the bill's five sponsors. 

40 Comments on this post:

By: wwrcd on 12/1/10 at 10:37

Thank you Council Members. Demoing the racetrack and keeping the Expo Events/Flea Market is a Win-WIn for everyone minus the racers from outside the County.

By: wwrcd on 12/1/10 at 10:44

The 40 acre park will be great for this area of town. The 40 acre park will also give the Flea Market and Expo Center more room for vendors and the residents who live close by will still get the recreational use of the land. Thanks again Metro Council and Mayor Dean lets get this ordinance approved.

By: 117_acres on 12/1/10 at 10:48

The Score is......
Metro Council, Mayor Dean, and the Neighbors against the Racetrack 1

Darden Copeland, Sterling Marlin, Darrell Waltrip, Tony Formosa and his neighbor Councilman Duane Dominy 0

By: CitizenA on 12/1/10 at 11:17

It's actually 2 to 1. Dean capitulates and State Fair and Flea Market continue on that property that up until an hour ago you were calling blighted. Racetrack bill still to go thru 3 hearings.

By: Inglewoodlife on 12/1/10 at 11:22

The way I see the score is ...
The people of Nashville 1

117-acres 0

and we will still fight for our Racetrack.

By: judyboodo@yahoo.com on 12/1/10 at 11:34

Nice to hear from Mr. Riebeling and the city's development contingent. Got to give 'em credit though it's a pretty good if not transparent end run. It's now coming clear who stands with the Mayor on the council. The Gang of Five. The People are able to remember names and their positions on issues important to the people.

By: wwrcd on 12/1/10 at 11:41

@Inglewoodlife Here is what one of your leaders Racer84 said over the weekend on his facebook page.

Race84 if you have so much support why did you have to say this on facebook over the weekend?

It was mentioned today, "Where are all the drivers " ?
All of us on FB are friends with many of the drivers and crew members, and many fans as well. Take a look around at your friends, you'll recognize many who are inside the racetrack everytime there is a race but have been silent and absent during this fight. For thos...e of you who threw in the towel, see Tony Formosa. He picked it up cause it aint over !
Wake up, and get involved !
See More
Saturday at 3:13pm

By: MAmom on 12/1/10 at 11:47

Hopefully this is an honest attempt to PERMANENTLY address the "redevelopment" issue - NOT JUST A 1-YEAR REPRIEVE or an attempt by the Administration to divide and conquer the "Save the Fairgrounds", anti-Fairgrounds-redevelopment groups.
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Considering the treatment Fairground supporters have received recently - we have to be alert. After all - like Darden Copeland says in the above article - this may just be "election year" politics: "With nine months before his re-election, this is nothing more than 'election year' politics...It is a thinly veiled attempt to kick the can down the road until after the upcoming Metro elections."...
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A few questions:
1. When/where can we see the bill?
2. Is this a TEMPORARY REPRIEVE?
3. Can some PROTECTION for the Fairgrounds be written into the Bill to protect the property in the future?
4. Who will be on the Fair Board in the future? How will the members be selected or elected? Will they be evaluated for effectiveness?
5. How can we assure that the Fairgrounds are MAINTAINED PROPERLY?
6. WHAT ABOUT THE RACERS? They've been part of Nashville for a long time and deserve a home. Isn't there some property which could be allocated to the racers?
7. Is the CBL HHM-lease dead?
8. Why weren't some of the representatives who have been trying to preserve the Fairgrounds all along not included as sponsors of this Bill?
9. Is this an attempt by the Administration to divide and conquer the "Save the Fairgrounds", anti-Fairgrounds-development groups?

By: jim28373 on 12/1/10 at 11:49

I guess someone informed the mayor and his gang of five that there is a constitutional right of free assembly.In the future maybe he will not be unaware of this right of the people to rally and protest his land theft.

By: Shane Smiley on 12/1/10 at 11:51

Shane Smiley

This a an attempt to divide and concur. Shadow games to quiet the resistance of the people to keep the Fairgrounds in place.
The Racetrack people have been the most vocal about saving this peace of land. Keeping a place for the recreation of their choice. If this goes thru, opposition numbers go down. The next time the Mayor wants to push on this issue, he will have less resistance.
We have many soccer fields, baseball/softball diamonds, golf courses, and even a sail boat marina that are funded by tax dollars.
The race track has never taken a dime of assistance from the tax payers of Metro.
In fact, it has contributed greatly to the Fairgrounds accounts and to the general fund as metro has taken large amounts of money from the Fairgrounds in recent years.

The sound issues have been heard and proposals to solve these issues are in the works.
The track was under the management of promoters from the North East United States over most of the last decade. Promoters that held a deaf ear to the concerns of the neighbors.
I have proposed to many that we put mufflers on the cars and continue the sound curfew restrictions that have been implemented in the past couple of years.
Implementing these standards into the lease and enforcing them.

Many may not know this but, Nashville Super Speedway is in financial trouble. The tracks parent company, Dover Entertainment, has closed 2 of it's 3 properties outside of Dover in the last 12 months.
If the Nashville Super Speedway does not have drastically improved numbers next year, they will likely fall next.
How is this relevant? With some capitol improvements to the facility, The Fairgrounds could once again host a Nation wide series race(Formerly Busch Grand National) and a Camping world truck series (Craftsman Truck) race in the 2012.
These two weekend events would bring in excess of 60 Million in economic impact to Nashville. Income to the Fairgrounds from ticket sales, concessions, and a nice chunk of Television money.
As well as immense Television exposure.
With the Nascar Hall of Fame just opening, Nascar is spending a lot of time and money on racing's roots.
You can bet that getting Fairgrounds dates back on the Nascar schedule would draw a great deal of media attention to our city.

I am in agreement with an area of park being built on the property. There is no reason that a landscape engineer can not turn the back stretch of the racetrack, along the creek, an attractive part of the property without destroying the track.
We can all get what we want and need from the property. We just have to sit down and work it out.
Destroying the track is not a good idea.

By: Vandyville16 on 12/2/10 at 12:05

I'm probably one of the very few who still live in the Woodland and Waverly neighborhood and grew up here.Have listened to the races and the trains for so long while growing up here had gotten use to it,didn't make much difference weather they keep the track or not.
But am so glad the Council Members decided to keep the Fair Grounds here in this part of town,I'm seeing just until they can find another place,still not happy with that decision.
But also instead of just the Flea Market and the Fair,may I make a suggestion?
We are Music City right,so why not have Music of some kind, small concerts whatever outside maybe and Arts and Crafts Fairs on a regular basis and take some of the congestion out of downtown.It would make more traffic and more funds for the Fairgrounds.
There seems to be too much going on downtown all at the same times,concert,hockey,etc.
Why not bring some of it a little further outside of downtown,not an expert but sure everyone would love more music, arts and craft shows here in Nashville,Music City USA! And The Great Ole Nashville Fair Grounds!
Haven't read much and kept up all the time with the Expo/so maybe I'm speaking a little out of not knowing about it!But good ideas!

By: wwrcd on 12/2/10 at 12:05

I wouldn't pay to much attention to what Darden Copeland says, "remember he is a hired gun who may not only be working for Sterling Marlin and Darrell Waltrip but also Jack May. The May Town Developers know that if the fairgrounds is ever developed they will have no chance at getting their project off of the ground during Dean's tenure as Mayor. Hopefully, this gives the City, Fair board and the Public an opportunity to figure out what direction we need to go with this issue.

Regarding the Public Hearing Metro might have mishandled it but I would also like to point out that this was also created by Darden Copeland. Mr. Copeland wanted this to happened. Please see the Nashville Scene's take on the what happened regarding the incident.

http://www.nashvillescene.com/pitw/archives/2010/12/01/come-for-the-funnel-cakes-stay-for-the-hysteria

By: jim28373 on 12/2/10 at 12:16

We close a profitable fairgrounds and racetrack and lease at two or the times the going rate an unprofitable unsafe shopping mall. WHY

By: ds on 12/2/10 at 12:20

I live in the neighborhood and most of my neighbors are African-American. I know that nobody on my street wants the racetrack to stay. Personally I would be willing to put up with the racetrack if it benefited the majority of people in the neighborhood and Nashville. The bottom line is that most people in Nashville want and need something else at the fairgrounds.
As far as the flea market goes, well it is the same stuff they sell at the Farmer's market so people can go there and shop.
And the TN State Fair, which I call the "thug-convention". Well, I will never go. But the next time I want to get "shanked" by a gang member and ripped-off by crappy rides, then I will be sure to go.
On the other hand, if it is developed right, then everybody will benefit. The neighborhood will be a wonderful place and many, many jobs will be available. People in the neighborhood will be able to walk in the park and play with their family. Instead of having to drive for several miles to go shopping, it will all be there.
For those that are race fans, like I said I would be willing to put up with it if it benefited the people of Nashville. When my tax dollars go to renovating country music stuff downtown, or football stadiums, arenas, etc., I don't mind because I know that this is what the majority of people in Nashville will enjoy and benefit from. And it will also generate tax revenue that will improve the infrastructure of the city. However, unfortunately the present racetrack and other stuff there does not do that, period. The majority of people in Nashville want other things to do with their spare time, period. Nashville is becoming more of a melting pot--that is the fact of the matter and every citizen of Nashville should understand this (including NASCAR fans). I know the racetrack is nostalgic for some and I am truly sorry. That is just a part of life sometimes. When I was a kid my beloved basketball courts were torn down to put up swing sets. It sucked , but more kids wanted and benefited from swing sets as opposed to the few of us who liked our b-ball courts.
Be good citizens, do the right thing and allow citizens of Nashville to enjoy this space!

By: CitizenA on 12/2/10 at 12:30

VandyVille - you have good thoughts and seem to be more rational that 95% of those on here. But, the Mayor is putting his amphitheater downtown; SNAP doesn't like noise or culture (at least "country" culture); and SNAP is looking to reproduce Green Hills in their neighborhood, nothing else. You asked about "Arts and Crafts Fairs" - have you been to some of the Expo events?

By: CitizenA on 12/2/10 at 12:33

ds: The Farmers Market burns thru $1.2 million dollars of tax-payer money every year. The Fairgrounds does not (and would do a hell of a lot better with a Fair Board that believed in the Fairgrounds)

By: jim28373 on 12/2/10 at 12:49

CitizenA - So everyone except VandyVille is irrational,how precious of you to let us know.

By: CitizenA on 12/2/10 at 12:51

Perhaps "wwrcd" missed channel 4 news tonight where Tommy Lynch (brother of Billy Lynch, who was accused of shaking down Councilmembers on behalf of Dean) admitted the Dean Administration and Parks Dept made a mistake:

"We made a mistake in our office and it started with me," Lynch said.

Lynch said a person in his office misunderstood comments he made regarding issuing permits on council meeting nights.

“Once it became obvious to us that they had been denied a permit, that decision was changed," Lynch said. He said the group will get a permit.

See Also: "Falling on one's sword"

If this Copeland kid created that, he's Keyser Söze.

By: CitizenA on 12/2/10 at 12:53

"jim28373" - i could have worded it better. VandyVille seems unlike others who have clearly passionate positions on one side or the other. All I meant.

By: MAmom on 12/2/10 at 12:58

Vandyville, I like your ideas too.

By: Vandyville16 on 12/2/10 at 1:09

Also this is a diverse side of town not just one color and people from all walks of life live here.From lawyers,teachers to music producers and so forth.That's what makes it so great!
We have black,Caucasians,and recently Mexicans and more that live in our neighborhood and it is a good place to live,Woodland and Waverly.
Don't like hearing from people saying any different,you do not know what your talking about if you do.
Race tracks or not,doesn't make a difference they have been here for years so why change life as it is now!Unless and I know there is neighbors that haven't live here for years and wants to support the change of no race track!
We had a sound barrier built behind Lindale Ave,and I can't tell the difference.Just a waste of taxpayers money.

By: ds on 12/2/10 at 1:25

Citizen, if the fairground was profitable as is, somebody would have invested in it already. You shouldn't blame the fair board for not caring because the flea market, racetrack, and fair aren't working. It's just that people would rather be doing other things with their free time.

By: Chris H on 12/2/10 at 1:40

Dean nor the council are listening to the voters. There are not many people wanting the Fairgrounds or Race Track closed. But I think someone with deep pockets got to Dean, who has done nothing but steal land from individuals and business' since he took office. He even made speeches saying he would fight to keep the fairgrounds and races going. LIAR. He wants to spend 18 million dollars to move the fairground operations to other locations. Why not spend that money improving and updating the fairgrounds and buildings? He will be voted out of office, but unfortunately the damage will already be done. IMPEACH him and all his little yes men and women who constantly vote his land stealing, money diverting and money wasting ideas through. None of them are listening to the voters.

By: MAmom on 12/2/10 at 2:25

ds - Just because you don't like the flea market, racing, and expo events doesn't mean that other people all feel the same way. Thousands of people go the the Fairgrounds Every Month to attend a variety of events. Shoppers go there because they enjoy the outdoorsy, unpretentious, informal "feel" of the place. They like negotiating. They like finding "treasures" and bargains.

And the Fairgrounds are profitable... just not in the traditional sense. Think out-of-the-box ... it is profitable for small businessmen (i.e.: the Flea Market and Expo vendors). It is profitable for local restaurants & gas stations who cater to Fairground goers. It is profitable for local hotels & motels.

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Something like 75% of the Fairground "losses" have been generated in the last 3 years.... so I think it is fairly apparent that the current Fair Board is not doing their job very effectively.

Maintained, advertised and managed well even more events could be scheduled at the Fairgrounds in the future. There are several buildings - many events can be held simultaneously. That is if the Fair Board stops discouraging venues wanting to locate there.

By: nvestnbna on 12/2/10 at 2:34

I agree with Smiley, building another park that the city won't fund programing and maintenance is a bad idea. I have been to very few races, can hear the races from my home, but think it's a horrible idea to close this historic venue.

By: fair_minded on 12/2/10 at 3:52

well..it looks like dean finally realized that he was committing political suicide with his stance on the Fairgrounds, and now has offered this solution so that it appears he's backing out gracefully-- but all he's done is to define a major issue in the next mayoral race...

If for no other reason, this plan should be suspect because it's main sponsor is Sandra Moore, who's fought tooth and nail against the Fairgrounds in spite of it's support among her constituents... and the rest of the co-sponsors who've been kissing the mayor's backside throughout this whole thing....

but just like Ms. Moore and others will now have a referendum on the Fairgrounds in the form of re-election, so will the mayor-- and i feel that all of them will not be with us to see the final outcome of the fairgrounds issue. At least i hope not.

Voters should pay attention, and keep their resolve to show their support of the Fairgrounds at the ballot box-- the mayor as changed his plans only slightly-- the whole Fairgrounds is still in peril, not just the racetrack-- in an effort to cool things down for his re-election.

But don't be misled. Keep the pressure on. This is not total victory-- the mayor has only blinked, not capitulated.

There is already state legislation and parts of the Metro charter that protect the Fairgrounds you can see it at http://fairgroundsheritage.org/index.php?p=le

But this plan still ignores the law and pushes ahead with eventual destruction of the Fairgrounds. Let's obey the law for a change!

And let's all support CM Crafton's bill to dump dean's Fair Board and get a new one who will work for the public, honoring the public trust of their position, instead of one who caters to real estate development at any cost.

By: bfra on 12/2/10 at 5:16

BEWARE! A snake (Karl) doesn't shed it's skin, that quick. With past manipulations, there is a hidden agenda.

By: MAmom on 12/2/10 at 9:21

Repost:

Hopefully this is an honest attempt to PERMANENTLY address the "redevelopment" issue - NOT JUST A 1-YEAR REPRIEVE or an attempt by the Administration to divide and conquer the "Save the Fairgrounds", anti-Fairgrounds-redevelopment groups.
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Considering the treatment Fairground supporters have received RECENTLY - we have to be alert. After all - like Darden Copeland says in the above article - this may just be "election year" politics: "With nine months before his re-election, this is nothing more than 'election year' politics...It is a thinly veiled attempt to kick the can down the road UNTIL AFTER THE UPCOMING METRO ELECTIONS..."
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A few questions:
1. When/where can we see the bill?
2. Is this a TEMPORARY REPRIEVE?
3. Can some PROTECTION for the Fairgrounds be written into the Bill to protect the property in the future?
4. Who will be on the Fair Board in the future? How will the members be selected or elected? Will they be evaluated for effectiveness?
5. How can we assure that the Fairgrounds are MAINTAINED PROPERLY?
6. WHAT ABOUT THE RACERS? They've been part of Nashville for a long time and deserve a home. Isn't there some property which could be allocated to the racers?
7. Is the CBL HHM-lease dead?
8. WHY weren't some of the representatives who have been trying to PRESERVE the Fairgrounds all along not included as sponsors of this Bill?
9. Is this an attempt by the Administration to divide and conquer the "Save the Fairgrounds", anti-Fairgrounds-development groups?

By: MAmom on 12/2/10 at 9:35

REPOST OF INGLEWOODLIFE ON 11/29/10 from another story:

Please attend a community forum regarding the future of our fairgrounds. Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 at 6:30pm at Joelton Church of Christ, 3541 Old Clarksville Pike, Joelton, TN 37080.

By: racer84 on 12/2/10 at 10:03

By: wwrcd on 12/1/10 at 9:37
Thank you Council Members. Demoing the racetrack and keeping the Expo Events/Flea Market is a Win-WIn for everyone minus the racers from outside the County.
.By: wwrcd on 12/1/10 at 9:44
The 40 acre park will be great for this area of town. The 40 acre park will also give the Flea Market and Expo Center more room for vendors and the residents who live close by will still get the recreational use of the land. Thanks again Metro Council and Mayor Dean lets get this ordinance approved.
.By: 117_acres on 12/1/10 at 9:48
The Score is......
Metro Council, Mayor Dean, and the Neighbors against the Racetrack 1

Darden Copeland, Sterling Marlin, Darrell Waltrip, Tony Formosa and his neighbor Councilman Duane Dominy 0

So we're keeping score now fred ?

I guess the questions you should be asking yourself are :

As a state employee, How many hours of State taxpayer dollars have I wasted while trying to degrade those whose money pays for my house by the fairgrounds ?

Have I really covered my tracks in regards to the State Of Tennessee employee Internet Usage Policy ?

Maybe just start there Fred

Posted by racer84, on his own time and dime from home.

By: JohnGalt on 12/2/10 at 10:08

Emperor Rich (Riebling) has got to have his purple panties in a wad over this. How dare anyone defy him? He's surely planning his retaliation right now.

By: airvols on 12/2/10 at 10:50

Looks like I'm going to have a talk with the Mayor about his new plan. I like that the racetrack is still out for a park, but I'm not sure we are creating any new jobs with this plan. Why don't they just put the flea market by the farmers market, that seems to go well together.

By: gdiafante on 12/2/10 at 12:56

"and begin the demolition process of the racetrack..."

30 years too late

By: Community-carl-... on 12/2/10 at 12:58

Dean finally realized that he was going to lose too much political capital if he kept forcing his agenda for the Fairgrounds and Hickory Hollow at this time. But don't think for a minute that he has given up. In this morning's Tennessean article RE: this issue, the article ends with him being quoted as follows: "It's going to take longer than I would have hoped it would."

What he is now planning to do is let things simmer down, allow the Fairgrounds to continue to deteriorate, Have Rich Riebeling and the Finance Dept. orchestrate and manipulate more "losses" to the fairgrounds, get re-elected, and then attempt to ram his plans down our throats again.

The 40 acre park is a great idea, but there is no reason the racetrack can't be saved, integrated into the park, and the two compliment each other , as well as the rest of the traditional Fairground activities. It woulld be a win-win for everybody with the exception of Dean and his cronies.

Dean and high ranking members of his administration have proven that they can't be trusted to listen to the will of the majority of the people, and even worse, willing to resort to manipulation and distortion of facts, lying, and deceit to achieve self-serving goals for themselves and their friends.

Don't be fooled by this latest ployed Dean is utilizing. We must remember his true objectives at the next election.....He and Rich Riebeling have got to go.

By: @antiochchicken on 12/2/10 at 1:47

The @antiochchicken has them on the run.

Chapter 2.78 BOARD OF FAIR COMMISSIONERS

2.78.010 Additional duties.

In addition to the duties provided in Section 11.601 of the Charter of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, the Board of Fair Commissioners (hereinafter “Fair Board”) shall have the following duties and responsibilities:

A. The Fair Board shall negotiate with the Tennessee State Fair Association to hold a fair in 2011 to be called “The Tennessee State Fair” on the existing 117-acre Tennessee State Fairgrounds site located in Council District 17. Any agreement negotiated between the Fair Board and the Tennessee State Fair Association shall provide that the Metropolitan Government shall not be liable for any financial losses associated with the operation of the State Fair.
B. The Fair Board shall continue to operate the expo center and related facilities on the Tennessee State Fairgrounds property at such times and in such ways as to not interfere with the operation of the Tennessee State Fair until another suitable location for these activities has been identified and approved by a resolution of the Metropolitan Council receiving twenty-one (21) affirmative votes.

C. The Fair Board shall oversee the demolition of the existing racetrack, grandstands, and associated facilities on the Tennessee State Fairgrounds property. Once the racetrack, grandstands, and associated facilities have been demolished and the site has been cleared, the Fair Board shall transfer control of this area, as well as the floodplain area along Brown’s Creek, to the Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation for the development and operation of a public park.

Section 2. It is the intent of the Metropolitan Council that the expo center functions held at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds property will operate on the revenues generated by such functions at no cost to the general government. In the event the revenues generated at Tennessee State Fairgrounds property are insufficient for the operation and maintenance of the facilities, the Council intends to appropriate the necessary funds from the State Fair fund balance to cover any shortfall.

By: bfra on 12/3/10 at 5:45

The Middle Tennessee Civil War & Sale, which had a home in the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville for 23 years, this weekend is moving to the Williamson County Agricultural Exposition Park, at 4215 Long Lane in Franklin.

The collectors' event had to move after organizers got word that the former fairgrounds site was no longer available.====================

Dean & cronies, turning away revenue!

By: budlight on 12/3/10 at 8:33

bfra on 12/2/10 at 4:16
BEWARE! A snake (Karl) doesn't shed it's skin, that quick. With past manipulations, there is a hidden agenda.

When you uncover it, let us know. I agree. Something is rotten in Denmark.

By: govskeptic on 12/4/10 at 9:55

This is a temporary set back for Mayor, issue will slide while he and
council wait until after next yr's Mayoral election! Original plan
is still totally intact!

By: yucchhii on 12/4/10 at 5:27

mayor DINK still wants to mess with the fairgrounds in one way or another! He's just doesn't get it! He is is VERY GREEDY! He knows it and so do we the people of Tenessee!! He still wants to act as if HE is in charge when it boils down to: WE THE PEOPLE OF TENESSEE ARE IN CHARGE AND "HE" IS A "SERVANT"!!! We are to tell HIM what to do, NOT the OTHER WAY AROUND!!! When you go to a city council meeting, don't ASK to keep things...DEMAND it! Don't play the game they expect you to play!! Pete Seeger the legenday folk singer wrote "This land is "OUR" land, this land is "YOUR" land...THIS LAND WAS MADE FOR YOU AND ME"!!! That's IT, Don't let them walk all over you all!!!! Demand that they leave the race track alone too...DON'T ASK!!!

By: gohomenow on 12/7/10 at 7:44

Let our council know who voted them in and will vote them out !