Metro Councilman Robert Duvall has filed an amendment that would send $1 million to the Tennessee State Fairgrounds, to repair damage sustained in the 2010 flood.
The proposal comes one week after the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency approved a plan to reallocate more than $7 million in federal flood relief money to riverfront development, which officials have said would focus on flood mitigation. The Council is scheduled to vote on the plan at its meeting Tuesday night.
Duvall’s proposal would amend that plan to redirect a million of those dollars to the fairgrounds, leaving just more than $6 million for work on the west bank of the Cumberland River and about $1.3 million for the construction of a new affordable housing development on Jefferson Street.
“I want the fairgrounds to share in that money if we’re going to be able to release it for other uses, other than what it was originally earmarked,” Duvall told The City Paper.
The amendment will be put before council committees Monday afternoon. Duvall said he has not spoken with Mayor Karl Dean’s administration about the proposal.
The filed amendment states that the fairgrounds “sustained significant damage” during the flood, “including the destruction of fencing, damage to the plumbing and sewer system, damage to the RV hookups and electrical system, office damage, and damage to the driveway and parking areas.”