A mayoral task force will take the reins on the future of the state fairgrounds.
Mayor Karl Dean appointed a 10-person committee to be co-chaired by Metro Councilwoman Sandra Moore and Alexia Poe, the mayor’s Economic and Community Development director, to lead discussions on the next step for the long-time home of the Tennessee State Fair.
The task force will hold four community meetings during the spring to encourage community input for potential future uses of the site. The Nashville Civic Design Center will facilitate the series of the still-to-be-scheduled public meetings.
Poe said the focus of the discussion will be on finding the “best uses” for the land once Metro takes it over at the end of the year.
“I’m sure as part of these public meetings, the events at the fairgrounds will be part of the discussion. … [But] the focus is to talk about the best uses, the future uses,” she said.
Dean said as the state fair and other fairgrounds events — like the flea market — move to find new homes, it’s time to decide on the fairgrounds’ new purpose.
“I understand the value of the state fair, flea market and the many events that occur at the fairgrounds to Davidson County,” Dean said. “We are working to find solutions for them moving forward and are encouraged at the private interest they are generating. We now have an opportunity to focus on the future of this site. We want to create amenities for the surrounding neighborhood and maximize its potential as an economic generator for south Nashville and the entire county.”
In addition to Moore and Poe, the task force includes:
Poe said the dates of the public meetings will be announced in the coming weeks.