Tony Giarratana sent a letter to the Metro Planning Commission on Monday requesting a rehearing for May Town Center zoning, with a promise that the proposed development will be reduced in scope.
The Planning Commission voted 9-0-1 against the necessary rezoning for May Town Center to come to rural Bells Bend. But in reality, the commission was split 5-5 on the proposal and voted as such on the proposed amendment to the Scottsboro/Bells Bend Detailed Design Plan.
Giarratana, the developer for the proposed May Town Center project, has claimed that there was confusion among Planning Commission members when they voted against the land use plan. The plan needed six votes in order to pass and the necessary rezoning was dependent on the land use plan being amended.
Giarratana’s letter requests the Planning Commission not to put the rehearing on the agenda for 60 days “to allow Applicant time to submit a revised plan to the Commission which depicts the reduced scope described…” in previous letters to the Planning Commission.
May Town Center would bring a mixed-use corporate headquarters business park, residential and retail development to the Bells Bend area. It would also bring an agricultural research park for Tennessee State University.
The project would require two bridges across the Cumberland River as well. The proposal has faced strident opposition from Nashville environmentalists, Council members whose districts would be directly impacted, and downtown Council members, who say May Town Center would detract from developing downtown.
Giarratana initially requested a rehearing for July, but withdrew that request.