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Following a four-hour public hearing Monday night, Metro Council advanced 20-9 the rezoning of 10 acres at the Fairgrounds Nashville that would support a mixed-use project planned near the proposed soccer stadium.
Now that the rezoning ordinance passed second reading, the council will take a final vote on all three ordinances, along with a resolution that authorizes $50 million in general obligation bonds related to the stadium, on Tuesday, Sept. 4.
However, due to city and state laws, Metro Council will need 27 votes to approve the demolition of buildings and the tax.
Community benefits agreement
Just hours before Metro Council convened for the public hearing and vote, Nashville SC ownership and advocacy group Stand Up Nashville announced both groups reached an agreement on community benefits related to the stadium.
The below stipulations were shared with Metro Council members Monday afternoon:
- Nashville Soccer Holding agrees to classify 12 percent of the residential units as affordable housing, as well as another 8 percent for workforce housing. Twenty percent of each category must include three bedrooms.
- The development will include 4,000 square feet of space for a childcare location, which, according to the letter, will receive seed funding from NSH.
- There will be 4,000 square feet of space of retail space for artists and small business owners.
- "This will allow minority-owned small businesses and entrupenuers driving the Nashville economy to navigate rising commercial rents," the letter reads"
- NSH will hire employees directly (guest services, janitorial, field maintenance, and other areas) and pay them at least $15.50 per hour.
The council meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month in the David Scobey Council Chambers at the Metro Courthouse. The courthouse is located at 1 Public Square in Nashville.
Dylan Skye Aycock is a Nashville-based journalist and photographer. As a reporter for Rover, Aycock follows transportation, housing and retail trends, as well as other hyperlocal and city-wide issues that affect residents in Green Hills and Belle Meade.
She previously contributed written and visual content to The Murfreesboro Pulse, American Songwriter Magazine and The Tennessean. Aycock earned a journalism degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where she honed her craft as editor-in-chief of Sidelines, the university's student-run publication. When she's not out on assignment or live-tweeting city council meetings, you can find her discovering new local spots or catching a show at one of Nashville's many music venues.