Voters to decide fate of Nashville fairgrounds

Voters to decide fate of Nashville fairgrounds (Image 1)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Voters will help decide the fate on the Nashville Fairgrounds when they go cast their vote in the August election.

Last year, Mayor Karl Dean and legislation proposed to redevelop the track, the fairgrounds site and the buildings on the property.

“It could be something that has a park and business development, it could be residential who knows, but it's an incredible asset and time we move forward,” Dean said.

The plan, however, was withdrawn after supporters of the fairgrounds located off of Wedgewood Avenue, just south of downtown, made their opinions known.

In an attempt to help keep the fairgrounds remain as they are, the Save Our Fairgrounds organization collected 15,000 signatures to put the referendum on the August ballot.

On Wednesday, organizer Councilman Jamie Hollin promised an active campaign, complete with television, radio and door-to-door efforts in an effort to sway voters.

“It's going to incumbent on fairgrounds supporters to get out to the polls but I got a pretty good hunch that's going to happen,” fairgrounds supporter Jamie Hollin said.      

Nashville's News 2 obtained a copy of the sample language that will be on the ballot for early voting which reads:  

“All activities being conducted on the premises of the Tennessee State Fairgrounds as of December 31.2010, including, but not limited to, the Tennessee State Fair, Expo Center Events, Flea Markets, and Auto Racing, shall continue on the same site. No demolition of the premises should be allowed to occur without approval by ordinance receiving 27-votes by the Metropolitan Council or Amendment to the Metropolitan Charter.”

Voters will take to the polls on August 4 to determine the future of the fairgrounds.

Early voting begins July 15.

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