The Metro Action Commission will finalize by the end of this week plans to move the bulk of its operations from Fifth Avenue North in Salemtown to downtown’s Clifford Allen Building, at 800 Second Ave. N.
“[The new space] will allow us to better serve our customers,” said spokeswoman Lisa McCrady. “It will be centrally located and [share space with the ] Department of Social Services. The space is being designed with our needs in mind.”
About 55 MAC employees will make the move from North Nashville to downtown, which is tentatively set for late August, McCrady said.
For about 25 years, MAC has operated from the historic Fehr Building. The commission assists low-income Nashvillians with utility payments, rent, mortgage, deposits, prescriptions, property taxes and other household expenses. McCrady said MAC’s North Head Start program will remain at the site.
The commission garnered negative attention when some neighbors complained that citizens using its services were creating excess noise and clogging Fifth Avenue with cars. McCrady said the complaints are not the reason for the move.
“We’ve worked hard to be a good neighbor and to attend all the neighborhood meetings,” she said.