State portion of Sounds ballpark approved

State portion of Sounds ballpark approved (Image 1)

There was no late inning drama on Tennessee's Legislative Plaza Monday morning for the state portion of the Nashville Sounds deal to build a new minor league ballpark.

The State Building Commission, which oversees state government property, approved turning over some land for the proposed stadium site next to Bicentennial Mall to Metro Nashville Government.

In exchange, the state will be paid $23 million to build two parking facilities near the ballpark site.

The land being given to Metro contains parking facilities for state workers.

The meeting room at Legislative Plaza was packed mainly with supporters of the deal proposed earlier this month by Nashville Mayor Karl Dean.

The building commission members, which include the state's three constitutional officers, the comptroller, the treasurer and Secretary of State, opened up the meeting for public comment.

Only a handful spoke, such as Metro Council At-Large member Jerry Maynard who is a firm supporter.  No one spoke in opposition.

Sounds co-owner Frank Ward was among those who attended the brief meeting.

“We're thrilled, but its one step in the process.  We have more steps to go,” Ward told News 2.

One of those steps is next Tuesday at the Metro Council, which has scheduled the second of three required votes the overall $150 million public private deal.

The Sounds co-owner told New 2 that he plans to have artist renderings of the $50 million mixed use development next to the stadium that is part of the overall project.

Metro's portion is $65 million, which includes building the stadium, while another developer next to the ballpark site has promised a $37 million project as a third part of the overall deal.

Property and sales taxes from the two developments are some of primary sources of paying off bonds that will fund the new ballpark.

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