Tuesday, October 21, 2014

More on the Metro Council Agenda tonight: the historic integrity of Broadway threatened.

I missed the importance of this bill when reviewing the agenda. This was posted to Facebook by Council member Emily Evans.
Friends of historic preservation, please be aware of a little bait and switch going on at Council tomorrow night. The bill intended to replace the 2006 SP (sponsored by Mike Jameson) that protected the historic integrity of Broadway between 2nd and 3rd will (if the sponsor gets her way) be substituted by an unpublished bill which will carve out 2 properties allegedly controlled by Steve Smith giving him more latitude to develop these parcels than anyone else in the historic district downtown. You may be familiar with Mr. Smith's approach to land use rules: http://www.jrn.com/newschannel5/news/Proposed-Downtown-Diner-Has-Critics-May-Not-Happen-270410741.html. Most folks downtown are.
This carve out is not fair to other property owners and defeats the original intent of the 2006 zoning initiatives to save the Trail West Building. Please write Council at Councilmembers@nashville.gov and ask them to defer BL 2014-838 for further discussion and debate on the impact to the historic integrity of the area.

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