The Metro Council voted to move forward last night on land acquisition for a new 28th Avenue Connector that should improve the flow of traffic between north Nashville and West End.
Mayor Karl Dean set aside $18 million in his capital spending plan for the project, which city leaders have discussed for years, though never carried out.
Tuesday night’s approval –– the final of three votes –– authorizes Metro to acquire lands near 28th Avenue and 31st Avenue through negotiation or condemnation.
Some council members celebrated the vote, citing how the new connector will bridge the historically African-American north Nashville neighborhood with the West End area.
“This is historic,” At-large Councilman Jerry Maynard said. “There are either roads, bridges and/or railroads that separate certain communities. For a long time, since 1995, I’ve heard about the need for us to connect 28th to West End Avenue.
“We are finally taken action after all these years,” Maynard said.
• The council also approved a resolution that enters Metro into an agreement with the Metro Transit Authority to acquire the former Peterbilt site in Madison.
MTA plans to use parts of the facility to house its administrative offices.
Dean has set aside $16 million in his capital spending plan to upgrade the Peterbilt site, which will eventually include a new police precinct and crime lab, in addition to the MTA offices.
MTA is contributing $9.4 million toward purchasing of the property. Dean’s capital spending plan includes $6.6 million toward the purchase price.
• On second reading, the council voted for a bill that would effectively give Omni Hotels a 62.5 percent property tax discount on its planned Nashville hotel that would anchor the new Music City Center.
The discount, which would run for 20 years following the opening of the hotel, is part of the package of incentives Metro would award Omni for being partners in the convention center headquarters hotel project.
In addition, Metro would deliver Omni $103 million in tax revenue generated by the hotel over the next 20 years, along with $25 million collected through tax-increment financing.