A task force assigned by Mayor Karl Dean earlier this year to study the future of the 117-acre fairgrounds is expected to release its final report next week.
Over the past few months, the mayor’s 10-member fairgrounds task force has conducted a series of community meetings to solicit public input on future possibilities for the fairgrounds property at Nolensville Pike and Wedgewood Avenue.
Gary Gaston of the Nashville Civic Design Center, a land use organization that’s worked with the task force, said an 85-page report summarizing the task force’s findings is almost finished and should be released some time next week. The report, which will include findings and recommendations for the site, is to be delivered to Dean.
At the task force’s most recent community meeting held in July, Gaston unveiled some of the “reoccurring themes” likely to be included in the report, which include recommendations that new development establish retail opportunities, improve street-connectivity with the surrounding neighborhood and focus on environmental sustainability.
The final Tennessee State Fair at the current site is set to run from Sept. 10 through Sept. 19. Rockhouse Partners, a Nashville-based entertainment agency, has organized this year’s fair.
Citing several consecutive years of financial loss, Dean has opted against continuing the state fair after this fall and has expressed his desire to explore redevelopment opportunities at the site.