NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville Mayor Karl Dean on Friday filed legislation to revamp the Hickory Hollow Mall off Interstate 24 in southeast Davidson County.
The proposal is part of the mayor's second capital spending plan and includes $18 million for the development of a regional community center, library, public health center and multi-acre public park in and around the mall's north wing.
During a press conference at the mall Friday, Dean also announced plans to build a state-of-the-art expo center in the former Dillard's department store to house the flea market and other annual expo events currently held at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds.
"These new public facilities will breathe new life into Hickory Hollow Mall and benefit the surrounding retail and commercial areas by attracting more visitors and creating a more stable business environment," Dean said.
In total, the mayor's plan includes more than $200 million in capital improvement projects, with an additional $31 million in self-funded projects.
Other community projects include creating two new police precincts, $15.5 million in new sidewalks and bikeways, $20 million in road and infrastructure improvements, and construction of the 28th Avenue Connector, among others.
Mayor Dean originally announced his community improvement plans in his annual State of Metro Address in late April but put off filing legislation when the city flooded two days later.
"Work on flood recovery continues, but we're now at a point where we feel comfortable moving ahead with new capital projects," Dean said. "Even more than that, I feel that this is the right time for this capital spending plan because it is focused on projects that will strengthen our neighborhoods and communities."
The capital spending plan was filed with the Metro Clerk's Office Friday. It must be approved by the Metro Council in the form of an initial bond resolution.