Mayor Karl Dean has submitted a mid-year capital spending plan including $110 million in proposed spending, his office announced Friday.
A majority of the funds in the plan will go to the city’s stormwater program and the new Lentz Public Health Center, the mayor’s office said. The plan also includes funding for improvements to the Bridgestone Arena, and a new police Central Precinct, which is currently located inside the arena.
“This capital spending plan continues the momentum in our city and invests in essential improvements such as sidewalks and paving,” Dean said, in a release. “The plan also provides funding for our stormwater program and a new public health center, two important projects that have received a large amount of public discussion.”
The mayor’s office said the spending plan will put improvements to the Bridgestone Arena and the new downtown police precinct on track to be ready a few months after the Music City Center opens.
The plan is set to appear before the Metro Council on Jan. 15.
Details on projects included in the spending plan, from the mayor’s office release:
• Lentz Public Health Center, $28 million: Construction is already underway on the facility at the corner of 26th Avenue North and Charlotte Avenue. Under a public-private partnership, HCA is developing the public health facility to Metro specifications and the city will reimburse HCA for the cost upon completion.
• Stormwater program, $50 million: In 2009, Metro established a new stormwater user fee to install and maintain stormwater infrastructure. This fee will cover the general obligation bonds, with the $50 million allowing projects over the next five years.
• Central Precinct, $4 million: The downtown precinct is currently located inside the Bridgestone Arena. The new location will give the precinct additional space and improved visibility on Korean Veterans Boulevard with the opening of the Music City Center this spring.
• Bridgestone Arena, $7 million: With the upcoming opening of the Music City Center and the availability of 1,800 new parking spaces at the facility, the south entrance of the Arena is expected to see more foot traffic. Exterior improvements will include a new entrance and plaza area. Glass will replace portions of the current concrete structure to make the area more inviting and open. Other exterior improvements would accommodate future street-level restaurant and retail along both Demonbreun Street and Fifth Avenue to create a better connection to Broadway. (Read more here.)
• Public Works, $7.5 million: Funding will address infrastructure needs throughout the city, including $5 million for paving and road projects and $2.5 million for sidewalks. Approval of the funds allows for work to take place this spring.
• Parks, $2 million: Funding will go to road and greenway paving at various Metro parks this spring.
• Open Space and riverfront redevelopment, $5 million: Funding will help replenish the Open Space fund and continue progress around the riverfront.