A proposed land swap between Metro and the state could result in the demolition of the old Ben West Library building in downtown Nashville.
The building is located at 225 Polk Ave. near the intersection of Eighth Avenue North and Union Street.
The plan, approved by the State Building Commission last week, would swap Metro’s Ben West property for the former Tennessee Preparatory School site off of Foster Avenue.
Metro currently leases the former TPS land and buildings from the state to house the Nashville School of the Arts. The swap will also include another old high school building on the TPS site, which Metro intends on leasing to a charter school, according to building commission relations Executive Director Peter Heimbach.
An ordinance to sublease the “Old High School” to STEM Preparatory Academy will be introduced to the Metro Council on Tuesday.
Heimbach said that Metro would be responsible for razing the Ben West building, formerly a library, under the agreement. The state plans to turn the property into a surface parking lot.
Metro officials couldn’t be reached for comment on Monday afternoon.
The Metro Council would still have to approve the land swap.
The SBC minutes reflect that “both parties desire to accomplish the land swap by February 1, 2014.”