Local preservationist Fletch Coke has resigned from the Historic Nashville Inc. board because of her opposition to the proposed May Town Center development, which is being pushed by fellow board member and developer Tony Giarratana.
Coke was a driving force on a number of Nashville preservation issues, including the rehabilitation of the city cemetery in recent years.
Coke said in her resignation letter she hoped the May Town Center issue would have been resolved at last month’s Planning Commission meeting. With the $4 billion proposed development for rural Bells Bend still hanging in the balance, Coke said she could no longer serve with Giarratana.
“Since I am firmly opposed to the development of the May Town Center in Bells Bend, I can no longer serve on the HNI Board with the developer Tony Giarrantana,” Coke said in her preservation letter.
Historic Nashville Inc. is a private organization that works to preserve, revitalize and enhance historic structures.